One of my favourite projects this year was creating a custom collection of jewelry for a family of five from their grandmother’s piano strings!
With the goal of repurposing the family piano, they removed all of the strings and sent them to me after hearing about Heartstrings through a friend. We met in Saskatoon to discuss each family member’s personal style and the design options. From casual piano bar pendants on leather for the men to an elegant light catching ring necklace and bracelets for the women they each received piece of jewelry full of meaning and treasured memories.
Piano strings are located in the body of the piano. When the keys of the piano are played, hammers hit the strings to create the sounds we hear. The strings for the lower notes are made of a heavy steel core wound with a thick copper wrap. Once the string is cut, shaped and fused, the outer layer of copper is burnished and polished, and then coated to prevent tarnish. The two layers of structurally different metals make these strings very challenging to work with, but the resulting colour, texture and gleaming shine make it all worth it!