Whether you're a musician or are someone with a crafty side who wants to make a homemade gift for the musician in your life, you can't go wrong with using guitar accessories to create one-of-a-kind jewelry. Sure, you might see tiny metal guitar pendants sold online, but by rolling up your sleeves and using the items that a guitar player holds near and dear, you can whip up something custom that is something to sing -- or play -- about. Here are some quick and easy ideas.
Guitar Pick Necklace
A necklace that holds one or more guitar picks combines style and function -- and, best of all, this project doesn't take more than a few minutes to complete. Take a simple silver- or gold-colored chain or, for something a little edgier, grab a ball-style bathtub chain. If you're making the necklace for yourself, take a cherished guitar pick in your collection or grab a few that hold special meaning. If you're doing the project as a gift, visit a music store and buy some picks in the desired color. With a handheld drill, drill a small hole through the top of each pick; the size of the hole depends on the diameter of the chain, so make your hole accordingly. String the lone pick or selection of picks onto the chain and clasp it, and you've got a custom-made necklace that rocks.
Guitar String Bracelet
When you buy a set of new guitar strings, each string is conveniently wrapped into a circle. You can use this foundation to make a custom bracelet for yourself or the guitarist in your life. Part of the fun of this project is choosing the right set of strings to suit the guitarist. Blues and rock guitarists often favor heavy-gauge strings, while shredders typically make use of lighter gauges. Whatever the case, buy a package, intertwine the six circles together and cover the sharp ends with a drip or two of solder -- or, for an easier alternative, use silver tape. The different gauges of string add visual interest and remind the guitarist that music is never too far away.
Guitar Slide Ring
Slide guitarists are rarely seen without their slides, and you can turn one of these essential items into a fashionable ring. Pick the style of slide that you or the guitarist uses -- glass, copper and metal are common -- and determine the thickness that you wish to use as a ring. Load a cutting disc into a rotary tool and cut the slide to the right side; you're essentially just taking a snippet off one end, just as you might slice a banana or cucumber. Use a polishing tool to smooth out the edge and you've completed this easy project.
Ever since I was a child, I've loved the look of fashion earrings. However, I soon discovered that my ears are sensitive to metal-coated earrings. Rather than spend a small fortune for custom made jewelry, I've found retailers that sell hypoallergenic earrings. These earrings are made for individuals such as myself with sensitivity to metals. Check your high-end department stores or local jeweler. You'll find hypoallergenic earrings in sterling silver, white gold, yellow gold, and platinum. The main thing is to never choose jewelry containing nickle, as this is commonly the culprit. A good alternative to metals listed above is titanium jewelry, as this is considered to be hypoallergenic. Also, avoid using harsh detergents or chemicals to clean your earrings and jewelry, as this may cause further irritation. Mild dish soap may work well, but be sure to rinse your jewelry thoroughly.