Saturday, August 1, 2009

What sound does your heart make?

I've always been intrigued by sound. When I was five I guess I declared my intentions to my family that I wanted to play the piano. My grandmother and parents tracked down an old upright and both my sister and I began a musical education that would last for me until I graduated with a degree in music composition.

One of my favorite aspects of working with sound in college were the electronic ways sounds could be manipulated. The fact that you could see the waves that sound consisted of always fascinated me. Recently I began thinking about sound again and whether or not it could be accurately translated into jewelry.

I found some amazing artisans who are using lasers to cut intricate soundwaves into metal such as Sakurako Shimizu ( as well as the Sound Advice Project ( which translates positive messages into plastic beaded bracelets.

I just wanted something simple though, a heartbeat. I found a good example from an EKG and then got busy with the wire and hammer.

My heart is more important to me than it was ten years ago when I went to the doctor complaining that it was "fluttering." Her advice was to find a way to be less stressed and to cut out caffeine. A lot changes in a decade but I think my heart is better off in many ways.

One thing I'm excited about with this necklace is that it can be customized to any heartbeat as long as you could provide an EKG. I would love to make a necklace based on a baby's heartbeat.

What do you think? What sound does your heart make?

Click here to read more about the Heart Sound necklace.


janet in ft worth said...

A great idea beautifully executed!

Amie McCracken said...

I will keep this in mind for when I have a baby. It would be beautiful with my baby's heartbeat and birthstone.


catnmouse77 said...

This is a really great idea! I love the concept.

Seedlings: Jewelry Because said...

Thank you everyone for your comments, I want to do more experiments with sound and wire!

smellyrhinostudio said...

I absolutely love this! You are so talented!