Many years ago, I did a line of found object jewelry and had a whole
collection of guitar string jewelry. A few suggestions from what I
learned about the material.
You can wrap the strings into little 'wreaths' around a mandrel 50%
smaller than you want the finished circumference to be as the core
of the string is very very springy. Use these little bundles for
earring parts, necklace links or parts or pins. I did not have much
luck with bracelets because the coiled strings really tweak arm hair
and are not very comfortable.
I secured the ends of the 'wreaths' by doing a noose-type knot with
22ga fine silver wire. The coiled material of the string can also be
unwound to expose the core and then a bead can be threaded on. Secure
the end by bending it into a tight jump or laser weld a beaded end to
After the piece is finished, ultra sonic and magnetic tumble for a
beautiful soft finish.
We tried sourcing the old strings of a few high profile rockers with
not much luck....what an awesome appeal a line like this would have!
T Lee Fine Designer Jewelry
18 University Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 677-3700 fax