Restringing a Wind Chime?

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

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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.

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.

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?

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.

May 8, 20163 found this helpful

I have fixed my wind chime before using dental floss

August 23, 20170 found this helpful

Clever! I wouldn't have thought of that and was ready to make a store run when my husband's old tackle bag had no fishing line in it.

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.

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.

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.


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