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My friends and I save everything! When one friend suggested I could "do something" with her husbands used guitar strings, I took the challenge.
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Step 1: Materials needed:

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Guitar string: Acoustic strings tend to be more flexible, but thinner electric also works.
20 and 26 gauge wire: I use regular hardware store 20 gauge for bundling the strings at first, then I use a colored copper wire for the finished product.
Various ribbons and a large needle: I used a satin 3/8"  ribbon for the choker, and satin1/8" to sew the guitar braid to the 3/8" ribbon.
You will also need a small amount of strong glue, like E-6000.

Step 2: Tools needed:

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Wire cutters: I use heavy duty ones for the guitar string and jewelry ones for the wires.
A clamp to secure your braid bundle to a table or chair so you can braid easily.
A small hammer and something to pound on, I use a small anvil.

Step 3: Make braid:

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Wrap three guitar strings with the 20 gauge wire. Crimp or hammer to secure.

Clamp the string bundle to a table or chair, or another steady surface, and braid.

Secure the end of your braid like above. Trim ends

Step 4: Add sides to your braid.

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Place your braid between two guitar string and wire them together using the 26 gauge wire. I wired every third braid loop on each side.

Trim and tuck all your loose wires.

Step 5: Start choker.

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Decide on your length of braid, I like the braid to go a little less than halfway around my neck. With your good 20 gauge wire, wrap where you want the ends of your braid to be. Hammer or crimp to secure the ends and trim.
At this point, you can lightly hammer your braid. This flattens the high points of the braid giving it more texture.
Next, measure your neck with the 3/8 inch ribbon and add ten inches on each side (for tieing).

Step 6: Make choker.

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Using the 1/8" ribbon, sew the braid to the center of your 3/8" ribbon.

Add a dab of E-6000 to the inside ends of the braid and adhere to the ribbon, let cure overnight.

Step 7: All done!

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SGutshall1 year ago

This is cool. It looks really good.

I work with guitar players and I make jewelry. This is so cool. I love the bracelet. Please, please do an instructable on it! Some of the GPs I work with are fairly famous and the fans would LOVE these as contest winners!

lreale (author)  Blues Angel1 year ago

I guess I will start working on my second Instructable! Thanks for you encouragement.

ChrysCann1 year ago
Very cool!
sierrade1 year ago

I love ideas to repurpose things. You are very creative and have my vote. Hope you win!

antoniraj1 year ago

nice job...

L62911 year ago
This would look so cool as a bracelet too, thanks for the idea!
lreale (author)  L62911 year ago

Yea, I've made some cool bracelets too. You're welcome!


This bracelet is fabulous!! Now, get off the computer, and start your next Instuctable!! P.S. Your work is beautiful......

L6291 lreale1 year ago
Thats awesome, would you be able to do a tutorial on that too?
lreale (author)  L62911 year ago

Thanks--I was thinking about one for the bracelet. Looking forward to see what you come up with!!

cupquake1 year ago
What happened to your ears


mwisdom11 year ago
Cool idea! I use nylon strings would those be too slick to work with for this?
lreale (author)  mwisdom11 year ago

I've braided nylon strings, but never made jewelry out of them--I think they will work just fine.