Guitar String Ring

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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.

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hey, what do you use to keep the string from turning green? that's the only problem i had with it, the ring itself is great

I used nickel wound electric guitar strings which have given me no green. Many acoustic strings are bronze, and definitely will turn your finger green. I suppose if you like the bronze strings, maybe a coat or two of clear lacquer might help, but not sure how that would hold up against your skin, or how well it would stick to the strings. If you try that, let me know how that works.

I do notice even the nickel strings tend to accumulate dirt over time, so I throw mine in an ultrasonic cleaner with a bit of window cleaner to clean it up every now and then.

thank you for the very quick response! i think i'll try electric guitar strings then. if i do try acoustic strings again then i'll let you know if the clear lacquer works

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

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

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.

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.

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.