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This is an Instructable on how to make a bracelet out of old guitar strings. Mostly it is common sense and a little bit of wire bending practice. Use your old guitar strings, ask your friend for his/hers, or go to your local music store if they re-string guitars and ask them to save you the old strings. You can also use the ends they cut off of the new strings when they put them on, (which is again good recycling). :) Another thing you can do is use the "ball" ends from the ends of the strings as accent beads, which adds an extra recycling touch. So reduce, reuse, and recycle by making jewelry out of something usually headed for the landfill!

Step 1: Clean your guitar strings!

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Since most of your strings are going to be brass or copper, I would probably use a brass/copper cleaner to clean your guitar strings(Makes sense.) Alternatively, I would use a scouring powder that can be used on brass and copper. (I did read you can place them in coke overnight, and that will clean them, but I haven't tried that.) I used a scouring powder on mine, and it worked fine.
tcolo'n made it!1 year ago

These are really cool. I change out my strings after every show I play, and this is a great way for those strings to live on.

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tcolo'n made it!1 year ago

These are really cool. I change out my strings after every show I play, and this is a great way for those strings to live on.

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razordu303 years ago
Thanks so much for this. My friend died in a car accident and his family gave me his guitar, since I sort of got him interested in it. That was some time ago, and the strings need changing, but I didn't want to just throw the strings out because I know he played them before me and there's some sentimentality to it. I will definitely be giving this a shot.

Thanks again!
libraryCat (author)  razordu303 years ago
You are welcome. I'm sorry to hear about your friend. That can be hard. I hope the bracelet thing works well for you. -Librarycat
mchs60chip4 years ago
This is a great instructable and I just finished my first. I work in a guitar store and one of my jobs is to take in and do restrings. And often people come in because they broke a single string on almost brand new strings and get the whole set replaced. Anyway great instructable
libraryCat (author)  mchs60chip4 years ago
Thanks! I just finished a bangle bracelet which is a little more girly. If I ever get around to it I will put it up as well. ;)
skommers4 years ago
I've found that it works best with an A-string, for those who know what that means XD
fiola4 years ago
Absolutely love it!
so creative! I love it and can't wait to make one!! :D
hominid6 years ago
Nice pictures.
libraryCat (author)  hominid6 years ago
Thanks! I ran everything through "Picasa 3", and I think it helped them a lot.
oklacalit6 years ago
can I see an example of a finished bracelet on someone's hand?
libraryCat (author)  oklacalit6 years ago
There you go. Sorry it took so long!
libraryCat (author)  oklacalit6 years ago
I don't have a finished one here right now, but as soon as I can get another one done I will try and take a picture. Thanks for your comment! :)
pls6 years ago
Very neat, my dad would love this. But I can't find a reason why knex is in the tags.
libraryCat (author)  pls6 years ago
That must have been an accident on my part. Sorry! I meant to put "green", but I apparently put knex instead because I got in a hurry. My bad. Thanks, everybody for pointing that out to me. :)
pls libraryCat6 years ago
Don't worry about it :)
Patented6 years ago
Very nice Idea of recycling guitar string! I made an ible on how to change guitar string and I put a link of your instructables!
libraryCat (author)  Patented6 years ago
Thanks for your comment, and the link!
The Jamalam6 years ago
One of the keywords is knex, you might want to change that... other than that, this is excellent! I won't make it, but You put good effort in! Faved, fived, ans s'scribed!
ChrysN6 years ago
Looks really nice, well done!
Roxner6 years ago
GREAT inble, ive been saving the ends of the strings (bead looking thingys) for a long time to make a necklace but i might as well use them to make this instead. i really like it. great job! good pics, 5/5