Can’t believe it! But yes .. we had 6 Nikki Sixx used bass strings in our possession for a short time! One of Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue, Sixx Am) fans won the strings in a contest last year, and then was able to catch enough bass guitar picks at various Sixx Am shows over the year, to have the materials for us to create some one of a kind, stunning bass string bracelets. Red and silver with skulls of course!
The fan (who shall remain anonymous) wanted to surprise her ‘road trip’ friends (all Nikki Sixx fans too) with a keep sake of their trips to the concerts over the years; what better way than a wearable memento.
And the proceeds were donated to World Vision as well as the local food bank — a win win situation. Now we just gotta get Nikki to see these hehe.
This was a very VERY fun project!
Blackie and the Rodeo Kings have donated their used guitar strings and we are thrilled beyond pieces!
The band (Stephen Fearing, Colin Linden, Tom Wilson) came to Kelowna for a concert, so we hit them up on Twitter to ask if they’d be interested in donating and they said yes. After the show, Stephen Fearing and Tom Wilson (also known for Lee Harvey Osmond project) were gracious and lovely and all smiles. Stephen had his strings ready but they were back stage so he said , “follow me,” and took us to the side stage table, handed them over and asked all sorts of questions about what we do. Buddy Tom Wilson was like a school kid wanting to hand them over, and cut them right off his just used guitar before winding them into a bundle for our eager little hands 🙂
The strings will be a lot of fun to work with – we might even make a bracelet or two with two strings – one from each artist! Stay tuned and follow us on our Twitter or Instagram where we post daily updates and many of our current bracelets.
Tom Cochrane is many things – World Vision ambassador, Juno award winner, Order of Canada recipient – and we’ve followed him on Twitter for awhile now.. Tom was one of our first Comfort Doll participants 11 yrs ago and has always had a soft spot in our hearts. When we asked Tom if he’d donate his used strings – “of course!” he said.
One day they came in the mail and Tom AND guitarist/slide guitarist extraordinaire Kenny Greer also donated his strings! We have silver. We have gold. We have brass. We have thick, and thin, and copper coloured.. we have strings 🙂 Can’t wait to make some items!
*edit – this is our first bracelet, inspired by Sinking Like a Sunset (and sold..but we can make more, so no worries). Pic of me with Tom about a month after the strings arrived.. after his show in Kelowna. He loved the bracelets (we took one) and what his strings are accomplishing.
Sam Roberts Band have supported our charity since the very beginning first with a Comfort Doll photo (HERE) and then with donating guitar strings, and this time, James Hall got in on the action and donated his bass strings as well!
Sam Roberts Band was playing Vancouver at the Orpheum theatre, 8 yrs almost to the day of our first encounter with these great guys, so of course we had to go see the show! We got the strings after the show from the band’s tech, who came right up and handed us a box stuffed to the gunnels! Sweet.
Can’t wait to play with these again, and come up with some new and unique designs – and send the proceeds off to World Vision and other charities. SRB fans are amazing in that regard! They really support the band’s efforts to give back and I love that about the fans. And about the band.
Chris Kael from Five Finger Death Punch donated his bass strings to us a few weeks ago and we jumped in fast and furious to make bracelets and a few necklaces .. thanks to Chris re-tweeting our first tweet announcing the strings, we were inundated with people all wanting one! (fantastic!)
Couldn’t keep up at one point – the phone on my battery wore down trying to keep up with all the tweets haha.. the BEST kind of problem to have! Here is a small sampling of things we made with Chris’ 6 donated strings.
Lots of skulls 🙂 (Chris is the one glowering in the above photo.. his trademark look hah)
All told we were able to create 15 bracelets and a necklace from 6 strings! The fans were super supportive, and we raised a whopping $355.00 for World Vision. We asked fans on Twitter if we should do a little for many, or go ‘big’ and do something huge with the amount.. the overwhelming response was ‘go big or go home’ haha! SO..
We did the following:
- Stocked a medical clinic
- Immunized an entire community
- Lunches for 50 school kids for an entire month
- Support street children including a safe place to live, education etc
- Bought baby chicks for a family to raise for meat and breeding
- Soccer balls for kids to be kids!
Thanks so much to the fans who purchased the items, shared our posts and helped make this a huge success, and again to Chris’ assistant Brad for getting the strings to us, ands huge thanks to Chris Kael who’s motto is #PositivelyAffectingLives and who lives what he preaches!