Maybe one day I’ll have the good fortune to play on a completely crystallised violin – until then the only serious blinging that I’ve been able to have done was to ask a friend to create a truly unique memento using the violin I performed on during the 2012 Olympics. (You’ll have to come to my webinar to see that!)I have seen crystallised pegs and tailpieces but I worry about sticky rosin dust getting caught between the crystals and creating dust traps, but I did have the good fortune to discover a couple of wonderful substitutes.
A Twitter follower sent me an eBay link to a blingy mute two years ago and I just had to order it! On its arrival I was in a huge state of excitement especially as the seller had included a note asking if I was in the LSO, she was making the mutes for her young daughter and friends and they were LSO fans! (nice to know I have a lot in common with 13 year olds!) We started to correspond and as people noticed my mute it seemed there was quite a demand! I’m glad to say Bling4strings
mutes are now being used in orchestras all over the world.
Another wonderful addition to my violin was discovering Luxitune
. The brainchild of Katherine Fong, violinist of the Met opera in NY she collaborated with a jeweller to create stunning violin tuners. For someone who had been sticking a solitary crystal (with blu tack..) onto the tuner for some years this was a very exciting discovery. I have to say the pave ball tuner is great as it’s so much larger than the average tuner and therefore very ergonomic. Currently in the collection is a skull for the scary ones amongst you (which I also have ) and for the discerning man in your life or if you like your bling discreet, the solitaire collection.