A violin made from a composite material including spiders’ silk has been developed at Imperial College London.

Luca Alessandrini, a postgraduate from the Dyson School of Design Engineering, has made a prototype instrument from the material, which features three strands of golden silk, spun by an Australian Golden Orb Spider, in the violin’s top side

The instrument is demonstrated, first on its own, and at 2.14 two instruments are played in duet.

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