I started with crafts when I was about 9 years old. I learned to knit, and I still remember everything about that experience: from the yarn (a cherry red worsted, purchased at the Woolworth store ...
I started with crafts when I was about 9 years old. I learned to knit, and I still remember everything about that experience: from the yarn (a cherry red worsted, purchased at the Woolworth store downtown), the needles (a lovely set of pink aluminum size 11), the project (a poncho, with white fringe - ala Santa!). It was made with simple stockinette stitch in a rectangle shape, and then folded into the poncho, with the fringe added. I had the parents on the block paying me to teach the other children (who frankly, were not that interested in learning to knit!). I didn't give up teaching, though, I have taught classes in beadwork and crafts, and it's always very satisfying to see someone get 'hooked' on a creative pursuit.
The Guitar String Bracelet came about because I was so delighted when my son decided to learn the guitar, and I made a bracelet out of his first set of discarded strings.
It would be really cute with guitar picks as charms also....
I don't worry about the uneven brightness of the coils; sometimes they come out looking striped or mottled.
Remember to have a bell in your design, to keep the music going!
Safety Notes: You must use eye protection for this project. Guitar strings are actually wires that have a lot of tension wound into them, and they can spring back at you unexpectedly while you coil them. Also, as you trim the coils, be careful of any sharp ends.