BrokenStringEarrings

Wearable Music and Harpistic Designs

Eagle River, Alaska On Etsy since 2017

BrokenStringEarrings

Wearable Music and Harpistic Designs

Eagle River, Alaska | 15 Sales

Announcement    Beaded Earrings made from Recycled and Retired Harp Strings, Harp Charms, Musical Instrument Charms, and original music notation seed bead designs. Wearable Music. Gifts for Harpists, Musicians, and students.

In my original and unique beaded designs, I combined recycled strings and charms with the finest quality beads and materials. As an avid bead collector, I use many unique materials in my earrings including glass beads, trade beads, seed beads, small recycled instrument and string parts, crystals, stones, porcupine quills, antler bone, clay and wood beads.

As a Harpist, Artist, and lifelong Alaskan, my original designs are inspired by music and my adventures as a Freelance Musician in Alaska's rustic surroundings.
Every pair is unique.

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Last updated on Oct 26, 2020

Beaded Earrings made from Recycled and Retired Harp Strings, Harp Charms, Musical Instrument Charms, and original music notation seed bead designs. Wearable Music. Gifts for Harpists, Musicians, and students.

In my original and unique beaded designs, I combined recycled strings and charms with the finest quality beads and materials. As an avid bead collector, I use many unique materials in my earrings including glass beads, trade beads, seed beads, small recycled instrument and string parts, crystals, stones, porcupine quills, antler bone, clay and wood beads.

As a Harpist, Artist, and lifelong Alaskan, my original designs are inspired by music and my adventures as a Freelance Musician in Alaska's rustic surroundings.
Every pair is unique.

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Joanna Mergler Mayer

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Joanna Mergler Mayer

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5 out of 5 stars
(3)
  • Kathleen on Oct 30, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    These are just beautiful earrings. My whole experience with BrokenStringEarrings was wonderful. I will be ordering from Joanna again!

  • Kathleen on Oct 30, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    I adore these earrings! They are even prettier than pictured, and are beautifully crafted. There was a shipping problem (the fault of the USPS) but Joanna was wonderful in helping to resolve it quickly. I highly recommend BrokenStringEarrings.

  • Jennifer on Sep 7, 2019

    5 out of 5 stars

    How beautiful are these earrings?! The pictures from you and me do not compare to how awesome they are in person! She worked with me every step and every step in between! These are truly one of a kind and I can’t be happier! I wanted a harp and I now have them in my favorite accessory! Super fast shipping too! You will not be disappointed!! ❤️

About BrokenStringEarrings

Sales 15
On Etsy since 2017

Welcome to my little Shop of Earrings!

I am a Freelance Harpist and Artist in Southcentral Alaska. I began playing the harp as a child and grew up in Alaska. As a Freelance musician, I play for many weddings and events and perform with local orchestras and ensembles all over Alaska. I also maintain a small teaching studio, with students of all ages on both Pedal and Celtic harp. I love teaching and freelancing, because I have lots of adventures, meet wonderful people, and every day is different,

In addition to playing the harp, I have been making Art my whole life. I studied art in college and have a Fine Arts degree. I took many sculpture and jewelry-making classes, where I discovered the medium of "found-object" or recycled art. This seemed to be a perfect match for me, since I have trouble throwing anything away. Making Music is my job, but making Art is my escape from the world. Art also became a way for me to combine all of the things I love - playing with art supplies and beads, playing the harp, and living in Alaska. I often tell my friends and harp students that I play the harp to support my beading habit.

Earrings are my favorite accessory and I wear them every day. I also love making them, and keep a small bag of beads and needle nose pliers in my gig bag. I bead during breaks or down-time at rehearsals, waiting to perform, in my car, on airplanes, in the woods, and at the dentist office. In my earrings, I use retired and recycled harp strings (another thing I always have in my gig bag!), recycled instrument parts, tiny found objects, wood, glass, clay beads, and natural materials from Alaska, such as stones, shells, porcupine quills, and antler bone. I also enjoy working with seed beads using a brick or peyote stitch. Every pair is unique, for I don't like making the same design twice.

About Harp Strings - Harp Strings are Expensive! By recycling them, I can give them a new life as "wearable music", and make a little extra money for my "spare string fund". I replace strings on my harps frequently, when they break, and change out all my strings every two years. Even broken harp strings are beautiful - they don't have the sound they used to, but they come in many different materials (nylon, gut, and steel), and in many colors (red, blue, black, white, silver, and gold). The colors of harp strings represent the different notes in the scale - RED strings are Cs and BLUE and BLACK strings are Fs. Used steel strings are beautifully tarnished or have a patina on them, and gut strings, as a natural fiber, have tiny imperfections that make them really beautiful and unique. These "flaws" in the string, also represent to me the human contact of the harpist's fingers plucking the strings.
The "Harper's Knot" (also a "Fisherman's Knot" to Alaskans) - this is a Traditional knot used to secure the gut and nylon strings inside the harp's soundboard. As recycled strings, these knots have tightened over the years inside the harp's soundboard, as the harpist tunes and plucks the strings. I like to keep the knots on the string ends in my earring designs, because they are great for securing my beads and earlobe hooks. I dare you to try to untie one.

About my Prices - The prices of my earrings are based on the value of the materials used. For example, the more expensive pairs include materials such as HBTC Trade Beads, semi-precious stones and crystals, and sterling silver. Every pair of earrings is my original design and made with the finest quality and unique materials. No two pair are alike.

Note to Alaskans - I offer Free Shipping within AK. If you have an AK zip code, please enter the following coupon code at checkout, and I will ship your earrings for Free - coupon code: ILUVAK
If you live in the 'Anchorage Bowl' area and want to arrange for delivery or pick-up, please send me an email via my 'Contact' page.

Thank you for reading about me and visiting my shop, Broken String Earrings.
I hope you will enjoy my little creations.
And to all you Harpists out there...THUMBS UP!

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