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How much hair do I need for a piece of jewelry?

I will need about a pencil’s diameter and at least 24 inches in length for a necklace, and at least 16 inches for most of my bracelet designs - with the exception of Buttercup, Bellagio, and Cherish, in which case, I need at least 22 inches. The longer the hair, the better -- for all designs.

 

What is the best way to collect the hair?

Be sure to start with a tail that has been thoroughly brushed. It’s easier to gather from different areas if there are no tangles. The hair closest to the end of the dock tends to be the longest. Go up inside and behind the tail to snip sections so that the cut areas are not visible from the outside. Once you have gathered enough hair, secure the lock with an elastic band and place in a zip lock bag. I would advise against ‘pulling’ the hair as this adds undue stress to the horse, and often results in a tangled gathering of hair. Also, if you would prefer to send me the hair that you have gathered over a long period of time that you have collected during grooming sessions, please be sure to get it all straightened out and secured in an elastic band prior to sending it to me.

 

Should I wash the hair first?

Yes, please wash the hair that you will be sending to me.  You can use any type of shampoo and conditioner.  Please allow to air dry completely before sending it to me, or you may use a hair dryer to speed the process.  If the hair is really dirty, add this extra step:  in a pot of boiling water, place the lock of hair, bring back to a full boil, then remove from the heat.  Allow to sit for 5 minutes.  Drain, and apply conditioner, rinse well, and then dry. Thank you!

 

How do I measure my wrist for a bracelet?

Please take a soft measuring tape and wrap it snugly, but not tight, around the wrist. That is the number that I need as I adjust the size from there for a nice fit. If you don’t have a cloth/soft measuring tape, simply wrap a string around your wrist, and then measure it on a ruler or another measuring device.

 

Do you apply wax or something to the hair to make it so shiny?

Horse hair takes on a slick, shiny appearance when it has been braided tightly into one of my braids. Nothing has been added except a lot of love.

 

Will you return the hair that you don’t use?

Yes, I return all unused hair, even if it’s not enough to create another item. For some of my customers, this is the only link they have to their deceased horse. Therefore, even just a small lock that is left over is a pleasant reminder of the friend they once had.

 

What options do I have for a clasp?

You may choose a sterling silver toggle clasp or a stainless steel lobster clasp.

 

How do I care for my horse hair jewelry?

Please treat your horse hair jewelry like a fine piece of jewelry. Although the horse hair is very durable and can withstand daily wear, it can become snagged on another bracelet or wrist watch worn next to it. You may wash it with a gentle shampoo and allow to air dry, or you may simply put it back on your wrist or your neck while it dries. Please ask me about your bracelet if you have any questions about its care as a few of my beads are delicate and should not be exposed to excessive heat, hot water, soaps, etc.

 

What is your address so that I can send my horse hair to you?

Please send me an email to let me know that you would like to send me a package of horse hair. I will promptly send you my mailing address. My email address is wenda.boyer@gmail.com or you may reach me at 610-737-1204, call or text.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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