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Gadzukes!
03-04-2012, 07:36 PM
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17232058

UKEonomics
03-05-2012, 05:26 AM
That's pretty wild! I read something recently where they were testing the possibility of making bullet proof vests with spider web. I recall something about one strand of web tensile was stronger and more flexible than an equivalent strand of steel...or something like that.

Gadzukes!
03-05-2012, 05:39 AM
I'm obviously curious what a set of ukulele strings made this way would sound. Since we don't have a way to synthesize spider silk yet it's all rather silly, but interesting!

southcoastukes
03-05-2012, 10:47 AM
Not all that far-fetched. Guitar strings are still available with (caterpillar) silk as a core wrapping, and pure caterpillar silk strings are still made in China (though not for guitars or ukuleles).

Whether from a spider or caterpillar, they wouldn't be cheap, but if the demand were there, they should certainly be doable.

buddhuu
03-05-2012, 12:27 PM
Interesting, but would be no good to me. The way I saw away at my fiddle I need metal!