What happen's when you put a jeweler and collector together with a guitar player? Stringin' Along with ME.
For years I tried to think of what I could create with the used guitar strings. I knew that there was something there. Recycling, jewelry designing and giving back all came together a few years ago with the design of my first guitar string bracelet.......I wear that bracelet every day.
My creative adventure began as a child making bracelets and rings out of the colored electrical wire my dad had in the garage. For many years I created jewelry and ornaments from precious metals and stones always incorporating a hand forged element in each piece. As my creative adventure has continued with Stringin' Along with ME I have maintained the hand-forged element in each design whether in the clasp on a bracelet, the bail on a pendant or the ear wire loop on a pair of earrings. The wire I use now is recycled strings from guitars, bass guitars and the strings from other stringed instruments. The simplicity in each design allows me to maintain the integrity of the string which in itself becomes a design element. Whether using a flat wound string or brass string from a guitar or a string from an upright bass, the texture of the string is always highlighted in each piece with the colored silk ends of some strings and the brass end nut of others being used as accents.
Giving back to community, friends and family is another element that came together with Stringin' Along with ME. 10% of the proceeds from Stringin' Along with ME are donated to 317 Main Street Community Music Center in Yarmouth, Maine. Donations are earmarked for their outreach programs in wich 317 Main partners with schools, youth organizations other non-profits to "extend the power of music to new audiences and participants."
Hope you enjoy what I do and thank you for helping me do what I love.
Check out the Betina's Silver Sun section of the web site for a series of my hand-forged designs.
Thank You To:
Buck Dancer's Choice
Guitar player, band leader, song-writer
317 Main Community Music Center
About 317 Main
317 Main is a nonprofit organization in operation since 2004, founded on the simple idea that music is the perfect vehicle for bringing people together. Based in Yarmouth, Maine, our talented faculty provides instruction on a wide range of instruments and musical genres, offering inspiration, camaraderie and collaboration to musicians of all ages and abilities.
Watch the video below to learn more about 317 Main.
Check out a sampling of performances by some young musicians in Maine