Picture of Make a choker from used guitar strings.
My friends and I save everything! When one friend suggested I could "do something" with her husbands used guitar strings, I took the challenge.

Step 1: Materials needed:

Picture of Materials needed:

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.

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.