Unique jewellery can be made using horse hair. This jewellery can be worn by the creator and also sold at craft fairs and shows. Whether you own a horse, know someone who does, or will purchase horse hair, there are many different jewellery designs and types that use it as a material. A horse’s tail hair can be made into necklaces. Short hair from the horse’s mane can be used to create bracelets and rings.
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Things you need
- Horse hair
- Elastic band
- Thin metal wire
- Silk cord
- Silver cap ends
- Jewellery clasps
Remove approximately 50 hairs from a horse’s mane. Be sure to not remove them all from the same spot. Remove hair by cutting it out of the mane near the root. You also can purchase horse hair online.
Gather a bundle of horse hair approximately as wide as your thumb. Secure one end using an elastic band. Insert the wire into the bundle. The wire should run the length of the horse hair.
Braid the hair, keeping the wire in the centre bundle of the braid. Braiding the hair will conceal the wire. Use the silk cord to bind both ends of the braid. Remove the elastic band and trim excess hair.
On each end of the bracelet, pull the silk cord through a cap end and attach a jewellery clasp. Since the horse hair is tightly braided around the wire and secured with cap ends, it won’t knot or untangle.
Tips and warnings
- Refer to hemp, string and macramé patterns for more elaborate horse hair jewellery designs.
- Use different coloured dyes to dye your horsehair.
- Removing too many hairs from the same part of the horse’s tail or mane will leave the horse with a bald spot. Never take more than 50 hairs from the tail, as the horse uses its tail to swat away flies. Also, if the horse is going to be shown to a judge, the judge may remove points for a thin tail.
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