The best hair for jewelry
making comes from the centre of your horse's tail. To collect this
hair, split your horse's tail and cut a small section as close to the
end of the tail dock as possible, most horses can give the amount of
hair needed for a bracelet without any change to the appearance of
the tail. Pre-cleaning the hair is unnecessary, securing the hair
with a rubber band(mane bands are ideal) tightly near the cut end as
quickly as possible is very helpful in keeping it untangled and easy
to work with. The longer the piece of hair is, the easier it is to
work with and the better your design will turn out. If you desire any
excess hair to be returned to you please let me know, otherwise the
extra hair will be used to make jewelry that is sold at fund raisers
for Four Corners Equine Rescue.
An average length Bracelet (7 1/2 - 8 inches) requires a section of hair with an overall thickness of a pen(6-8mm) and at least 8-10 inches in length. Longer bracelets need a bit more length. As a rule of thumb; add about 2inches to the desired finished bracelet length to figure out the minimum length needed.
Hatbands require much more hair, because of the amount of hair needed, I suggest using the hair of more than one horse if possible. A section of hair about the thickness of a pen(6-8mm) near it's thinnest point. Hairs shorter than 22 inches are usually sorted out and discarded(or returned to you on request).
Earrings can be made from very small amounts of horsehair. A section of hair 6-8 inches long and 4-7mm thick is adequate for a pair of earrings.
long mane hairs are usable, it is not as easy to work with or as
durable in the
Tangled masses of horsehair collected from a brush are nearly useless!
A $5.00 De-tangling charge will be added for exceedingly knotted hair.
you have cut and banded an appropriate section of hair, place it in a
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