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Topic: Guitar String Bangles (with tutorial link!)  (Read 10116 times)
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« on: March 21, 2011 01:36:22 AM »

Whenever I restrung my guitar, I'd always look at the old strings and think "there must be -something- I can make with those."  I tried bending them but they're pretty hard to form into anything, because they're springy.  I always saved them, only to throw them out after a while when they built up too much and I still hadn't found anything to do with them.  But a few weeks ago, I got an idea for some bangle bracelets using wire to shape them, only I'd run out of wire.  I remembered the guitar string idea and voila!  

You'll need some light fabric (I used sari silk for the orange and turquoise ones, and a light cotton for the white/pink one), a guitar string (thicker ones work better), electrical tape and scissors/wire cutters.  

Tutorial here (I blogged it and don't really want to type it all out again...I'm super lazy.  Plus it's image hefty):
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« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2011 02:32:12 AM »

Cool upcycling!  Wink

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« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2011 07:59:48 AM »

Very cool, great gift idea for a musician too.

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« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2011 03:46:42 PM »

Thanks everyone!

And yeah, that's the idea...I've been playing the guitar since I was 13, so 14 years (haha!) and I've spent 14 years wondering if there's a way to repurpose the strings.  You have to change them fairly regularly and they seem like a good material but the fact that they're coiled makes them hard to work with.  But finally I found something that works!

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« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2011 01:19:11 AM »

Holy Cheese! That is a brilliant idea!!! Every time I restring my guitar I think the same thing: "These have GOT to be good for something other than poking me in the foot when I miss throwing one out." You've given me some great ideas. Thanks for the tutorial as well. I just restrung all my guitars and ukes but when that time comes around again, I know what I'll be doing.
« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2011 11:06:42 AM »

I'm glad you thought of it! My husband is always leaving those pesky strings around my house after restringing his guitar. Maybe I will just have to keep them now and not throw them away. Thanks for the tip!
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« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2011 11:55:01 AM »

Wow that is a really great idea, I have both of those kinda material at home, now I will diffidently consider making these... They turned out so nicely too Smiley
« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2011 03:56:28 PM »

I wish I had found this tutorial when my old guitar strings broke :c Great tutorial! And cute bracelets <3
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« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2011 06:19:44 PM »

wow those are cool great way to upcycle!

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« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2011 09:11:50 AM »

That's a really great idea, I know someone that would love to try the tutorial! Thanks

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