Introduction: Guitar String Ring

Here's a fun use for guitar strings, aside from making music. I made my own wedding ring from a guitar string, but this was not my first attempt. I used several different sizes of guitar strings and tried a few different types of weaves until I finally settled on what I thought looked and felt best. I hope you can enjoy making your own.

Step 1: Items Needed

Materials needed:
  1. Guitar string, nickel wound type, typically used on electric guitar. I found that .024 or .026 sizes worked best for this type of knot.
  2. A rod, pipe, dowel close to the size you want to fit your finger. With my fat fingers being a size 12.5, I found a piece of 1/2 schedule 40 PVC pipe worked well.
  3. Masking tape, electrical tape, wire, rubber bands, or something to secure the starting end of your string to your dowel.
  4. Cyanoacrylate glue (super glue, Krazy glue)
  5. Needle and heavy thread.

Tools needed:

  1. Wire cutter, I prefer small diagonal cutter.
  2. Knife, scissors, or anything you can find to cut thread.

Optional items:

  1. Adult beverage

Items NOT needed:

  1. Lasers
  2. Arduino
  3. 3D printer
  4. CNC machine

Step 2: Getting Started

The first thing I did was to learn to tie a Spanish ring knot, which is the basis for my guitar string ring. There are a few VERY good tutorials on this subject, so I felt it best to show those tutorials rather than to attempt to explain it myself.

A pictorial version can be found here: http://www.paracordguild.com/tie-spanish-ring-knot-2-passes/

I recommend practicing tying this knot with paracord or something larger than guitar string to familiarize yourself with how this knot works.

Step 3: Start Weaving Guitar String

First you will need to secure the starting end of your string to your dowel. You can use tape, rubber bands, or in my case, I used a piece of wire threaded through the little retainer on one end of the string and a hole drilled in my pipe.

Follow the published tutorials until you have reached the first 3 wraps, resulting in a Turk's Head knot. Here is where you need to carefully tighten up your knot. Be very careful not to kink the wire. After the next two times around in the tutorial, your Spanish Ring knot will be complete... sort of. Once you are to this point, You will probably find it much easier to complete the rest by removing the ring from the dowel.

Now simply follow your original path keeping the string side-by-side to make a doubled Spanish Ring Knot.

Step 4: Finishing Your Ring

Clip both ends of your wire inside the ring so they overlap a little. Use a needle and thread to wrap all 3 wires (beginning wire, 2nd wrap, and ending wire) tightly. Use cyanoacrylate glue to secure the thread and let it dry.

Cut your threads close and wear proudly.

I hope you've enjoyed my very first instructable.

Comments

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Stadjer64 (author)2017-01-27

Thank you very much for explaining! I have completed the ring as described and it turned out to be very nice.

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Stadjer64 (author)2017-01-19

I really love this design! The moment I saw it I knew I had to try and make this ring. So I started with the paracord and later with a guitar string. The video tutorial was very usefull. The only problem is that I can't figure out how to make the double knot. I finished the working end next to the standing end but don't know how to weave from this point in order to get the double lines. Could you please help me out?

Thank you.

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MartyK1 (author)Stadjer642017-01-19

In order to double it, you simply follow parallel to the original path starting from the standing end until you return to the beginning.

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Stadjer64 (author)MartyK12017-01-24

Hi Marty,
I have been working on this ring for days now but still don't get it right. When you say follow the original path, which steps do you mean? Could you explain please? Thank you.

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MartyK1 (author)Stadjer642017-01-25

Not sure exactly how to explain it in words, but I'll try. The "working end" starts right along side of the "standing end" and follows it using its "overs" and "unders" until you get back around to the standing end again... with the Spanish ring knot, it should be 5 complete turns until you come back to your starting point.

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MartyK1 (author)MartyK12017-01-25

In this video:

at approximately 3:15, it shows the working end being threaded along the left side of the standing end. At this point, it's a complete Spanish ring knot. However, to double it, it's easiest to go RIGHT of the standing end, and follow that lead, always staying to the right of that lead, never crossing itself, but paralleling it. Hope this helps clarify.

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Stadjer64 (author)MartyK12017-01-20

Thank you, I will give it another try.

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njreyn (author)2016-04-19

Interesting way to finish. I've made a few rings and bracelets from my used guitar and bass strings using loose turk's heads, but they're lying around waiting for me to cypher out a way to finish them. I was figuring on soldering them, but my soldering kung fu is weak so the pieces lie there waiting for me to get up the gumption. I'll have to give this way a try. Thanks for the inspiration!

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MartyK1 (author)njreyn2017-01-17

Finally go around to trying this with solder. It was a little sloppy, but I cleaned it up and smoothed it with a dremel too and small grinding bit. Feels better on my finger.

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MartyK1 (author)njreyn2016-04-19

Thanks. Not having an easy way to finish the ring always my reason for not making a ring before. Soldering guitar strings seemed like it might work, but I didn't feel like the lead content in solder would make me feel safe wearing it. Also, my soldering looks like kung poo.

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godsdog (author)MartyK12016-04-19

Plumbing solder contains no lead. Requires a significant amount of heat though. Flux will definitely help. I like to dip the solder in flux that way it doesn't just burn off when I'm heating up the components being soldered. Good luck!

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tgmcmxcv made it! (author)2017-01-11

So I decided to make a ring from a metal string for electric guitar. I used the ~0.24, but the result wasn't very good. The next attempt included the bass string, ~0.58. It was really hard to made it, because I used the 18 mm pipe. The result was chaotic one, but I liked it.
After this try I made one more bracer.
So this instruction is good one. If you really want to craft a good ring from string, spend as much time as you have on the second step - Spanish knot.

Have a nice day and thx ??

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DragonTamer458 (author)2016-11-28

I made this with one of my old cello strings. Worked brilliantly. Thanks for sharing

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MartyK1 (author)DragonTamer4582016-11-28

Awesome.

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CarlosS107 (author)2016-03-25

I love this for the optional and "not needed" items!

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MartyK1 made it! (author)2016-03-19

Here's another style of knot using an 026 size string. I used a 3-pass Spanish ring knot I found here: http://www.paracordguild.com/3-pass-spanish-ring-knot-tutorial/

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MartyK1 (author)2016-02-27

Here's an earlier version using a much thicker string. I found thicker strings harder to work with and more susceptible to kinking.

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emlu.voon (author)2016-02-25

This is way awesome! Would like to try with my old bass strings ;)

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MartyK1 (author)emlu.voon2016-02-25

I've tried a few things with bass strings. Most are too heavy to be able to make into a ring like this. A single turks-head knot works with smaller bass strings.

I'm working on a large bass-string version of the ring for wear as a bracelet.

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TerminusVox (author)2016-02-24

Well done!

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wold630 (author)2016-02-24

Very neat idea! Is guitar string expensive?

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MartyK1 (author)wold6302016-02-24

Individual strings anywhere from about 2 dollars on up. I paid $1.95 for this. I've seen the same string in another music store for $3.50. Some stores discount for students and/or gigging musicians. You cn also find deals online. Here's a 12-pack for less than 10 dollars with shipping: http://www.amazon.com/Rogue-024-Nickel-Electric-Strings/dp/B0002GWZ5A

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