"The piano keys are black and white, but they sound like a million colours in your mind"
Maria Cristina Mena
I love music, and I remember taking piano lessons. There were a lot of scales, a lot of arpeggios, and oh boy, the theory, I think the chords drove me mad. I also remember preparing for the exams, all the way until grade 8. Actually, come to think of it, the piano lessons were all about preparing for the exams. I felt it was like a year long boot camp but once the exams were over I could play anything I wanted and it was only then that it felt good "like a million colours in your mind".
Nowadays my piano just sits in the living room untouched. Sometimes I give it tinkle but other days....I think no one wants an out of tune piano. But recently this lovely lady dropped me a line and I got curious. What CAN you do with an old piano?
Marta Hansen of The Piano Gal Shop is an experienced teacher, musician, and piano tuner, and she is passionate about music and strives to share that passion with the community. Marta shared with me that other than teaching music, she also repairs pianos and upcycles them as well!
[Pssst! There's a discount code at the bottom of this post!]
An old piano as a bar, a bench or even as wall art.
But Marta doesn't just upcycle the basic structure of the piano, she upcycles the keys and strings too!
Marta upcycles the music strings of the piano into jewelry pieces, including bangles, earrings and pendants. The intricate nature of the wound steel wire (yes, piano strings are made from steel) makes the bangle my favourite piece from Marta's collection. I think it complements with my skin tone very nicely.
Apart from piano strings, Marta also upcycles the head felt of the piano hammers into necklaces. These are the tips of the hammers that strikes the piano strings creating the beautiful sound that we hear when pianists tinkle the ivories! I did think the leather cord was a little too short but I do I like how I can interchange it with an existing chain to make the necklace longer.
The Piano Gal Shop is offering all readers a lovely discount of 15%, and hope you will all look at pianos from not just a music angle but from an upcyclers point of view too!
Disclaimer - the jewelry items seen in this post were sponsored by The Piano Gal Shop. I was not compensated for this post. All views are my own.