Ear wires are surgical steel. Embellishments are teal colored copper wire and copper beads.
I’m not sure what the whole story of this flute is, but a fellow technician in Oklahoma got hold of this and sent it to me with a note saying that it would be better off as jewelry than as a musical instrument. When I opened the case, I could see why. It was missing the lip plate on the headjoint (for those not familiar with the flute, that’s the part you blow into) and it looked like it had been bounced off of concrete a few times. My guess is, this instrument was used for marching band and it had an unfortunate accident. Since remaking flute lip plates is not my area of expertise (seriously, that is a craft that takes decades to master, and I’d just as soon leave it to the experts), and it would cost more to fix than the flute was worth, I agreed with my colleague’s assessment, and now it will live on as wearable art.