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Spider silk strings!
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NoirVelours
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Yep they managed to make violin strings out of spider silks. This is so cool!

The silk Osaki used came from 300 female Nephila maculata spiders. Known as golden orb weavers, these spiders are native to Asia and are among the largest anywhere, with bodies an inch long and legs stretching up to seven inches.

Each string is made up of about 5,000 individual strands of silk twisted in one direction to form a bundle. Three such bundles were then twisted together in the opposite direction.

As it turned out, the spider silk strings were weaker than the traditional catgut, but stronger than the modern aluminum strings with nylon cores.

And here how it sounds, not bad at all!

http://bcove.me/zotnox80

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TerryT
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Sound nice too.
I wonder I'd I could encourage my house spiders to knit me a set

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smile NV, I don't think you had yet joined Fiddlerman, when this subject was brought up in a post by another member.

They sound nice, I just wonder what the cost would be to Mfg. them. dunno

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May 26, 2012 - 2:49 pm
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You would just have to make sure that the spiders are properly fed. LOL

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but the one who needs the least."

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Haha, yeah, they can munch on all these flies!yell

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KindaScratchy
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May 26, 2012 - 6:16 pm
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I think found enough spiders under my deck today when I was painting it to make a set for a bass violin.

roflol

When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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Poor spiders. surprised

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No Naska they love to spin webs.clapcheers

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Does it mean, they love to knit strings too?roflI wonder how much spiders they used to make a G string? Thanks for fiddle is not a doublebass. devilroflol

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