Repairing Wind Chimes

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April 28, 2010

Don't throw out that wind chime when the strings break, go to your local craft store and in the jewelry department you will find elastic cord to make bracelets. I repaired one of our wind chimes last fall and it is still making its sweet sounds. It comes in different sizes, clear and black so you have some choices.

The elastic takes the stress much better than cord without stretch. It hasn't broken one string yet and we get some mighty strong winds. You can tie it in knots but the crimping beads made for jewelry making also are really quick and handy.

By Ann Winberg from Loup City, NE

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January 13, 2020

I have read the thread about fixing the strings of wind chimes, but have a problem with the sun and wind. Dental floss is okay, but I'm having to repair yearly because of said problems.

I have been thinking that small chain might work because I see this type of chain on parts of some wind chimes. What do you think?


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January 13, 20200 found this helpful
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This is a good idea and so is the thin jewelry making wire to string them with. You can use fishng line, dental floss, chains, or even thin wire to string up the wind chimes.


Most of this depends on where you live and if there is a lot of wind and sun in the area they hang.


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January 14, 20200 found this helpful
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Chain does work, you can also use jewelry wire. It is strong and comes in many metal colors!


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January 17, 20200 found this helpful
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Some fishing line will dry and rot over a period of time and direct sunlight is one of the reasons. But there are several kinds and some may last longer than others.


I believe some craft stores sell kits for repairing chimes and these have a thin wire. They were sold at Michaels and Jo Ann's but haven't looked for one in a long time.

I think it would be a good idea to pay a visit to either Ace or True Value Hardware and talk with them about what would be good to use.
It needs to be flexible so the chimes will work properly.

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April 24, 2010

I have a heavy 5-cylinder (metal) wind chime with dry-rotted strings. I am at a loss as to re-stringing it. I mean, what kind of string should I buy? Anything strong and durable is then too thick to re-thread through the holes.

I even tried "Venetian blind"' string (too thick also). Should I use fishing line; and what strength should I buy? Also, what do I use for the part at the top where the strings go through, before attaching it to the main hanger?


It has sentimental value to me, so tossing it in the dumpster would break my heart. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

By Lois Jean from Brandenburg, KY


April 24, 20101 found this helpful

I just re-strung mine. I used 80-lb. test, braided (not mono-filament) fishing line. Worked really well. I have also seen them done on monofilament fishing line; but I like the braided.

April 24, 20101 found this helpful

Oh, and mine has fishing swivels and clasps; if you go in the fishing department, you can look around and see what they have. If you use monofilament, probably a 25 or 30 lb. test would work.


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April 24, 20101 found this helpful

I've always used fishing line. It's great because you can get it in all sorts of strengths. It's also inexpensive. If you want to be doubly sure it holds you can double or even triple or quadruple the lines you use for each chime, and it still looks very nice and professional. You could even string wooden beads or other decorations along the line for even more originality.


As far as what weight to buy, weigh all the chimes and the center piece. Use that as a guide. If you can't find fishing line that heavy, then figure on using 2-3 strands per chime.

October 14, 20150 found this helpful

My lighthouse wind chime thread broke and I don't like fishing line. What thread should I use?

May 8, 20163 found this helpful

I have fixed my wind chime before using dental floss

March 13, 20172 found this helpful

Go get either heavy duty fishing line or leader wire. Crimp the ends. It will lsdt for a lifetime.

April 3, 20171 found this helpful

Walmart has a role of black waxed heavy string in the camping / fishing area. It comes on a spool about 5" long with more string than you can use. I took a piece from my wind chime and compared it.


I also bought a white spool to go down through the center to hold the wood mallet to hit the pipes. You can buy a new 1+ 1/4" chrome ring for the top at Lowe's where they sell small chains.

May 19, 20171 found this helpful

I would go with 18 mm nylon string, should hold very well

August 14, 20181 found this helpful

18mm is .70 inch. Way too big.

November 26, 20180 found this helpful

To look similar and hold up over the years the best thing to use is a dark green or black braided fishing line. Keep in mind 1 cm = 10mm. So 2cm or 20mm will work for most med. 12", 30mm for larger chimes. Smaller chimes would need smaller 10mm or test fitted. 20mm is roughly 90 lbs to 130 lbs strength. In Ohio Cabela was the only store with braided line so far.

March 19, 20190 found this helpful

Top side tie knot then push small nail with head along side, keeps string from pulling thru. Use 25-50 lb monofiliment or your choice of braided line that fits the holes. Thread braided cord with small dia. wire. If the ferrals in the chime tubes are gone, have to replace or eventually it will cut thru, then u get to do it all again.

August 10, 20190 found this helpful

Stainless steel leader wire will have a galvanic reaction with dissimilar metals such as aluminum, copper, or bronze. Not recommended for outdoor use.

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April 19, 2012

I can't find instructions, specific instructions as to how to string the wind chimes, which holes first, etc. Most just say to put the string through the hole. Mine were all on one string when I purchased the wind chime and not 6 separate strings. Any help?

By Joanne P


April 20, 20125 found this helpful

Just go to and you will find assembly instructions as well as an assembly drawing.

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August 12, 2013

What is the name of the string and where can I buy it?

By Caroline


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August 19, 20131 found this helpful

I am not sure but you could replace it all with fishing line or waxed dental floss. Good luck.

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June 10, 2014

Where can I find a service or person that will repair my wind chimes in the Minnesota Twin Cities area?

By David P.

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April 24, 2010

I have a wind chime that I love. The strings holding it together and the wooden part that holds the strings fell apart from dry rot.

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