Horses, dogs, cats - they all still have a place in my heart and mind. Animals become part of our home and family I consider it a privilege to help save those memories of those still with us and ones we have lost for evermore.
Hair or ashes can be preserved in resin, horse hair can be plaited, scaled paw prints can be saved in silver clay (& even human fingerprints!). he possibilities are endless. I have worked with resin for many years and the quality now surpasses what was available 30 years ago by far. The hardness and clarity available is tremendous and can be worked and polished to great effect. Virtually anything can be preserved in resin, any shape or style, to create a truly unique reminder of your pet in silver or gold. You will be able to follow the whole process and see how your piece is made every step of the way.
I use Kumihimo - a Japanese technique; to braid horse tail hair for bracelets and then complete with sterling silver end caps, clasps & accent beads or charms . The thickness of the 'rope' is determined by the amount of hair used. Information on what I need is detailed below.
Please contact me with details your thoughts and needs, I'm always happy to help.
Get in touch if you'd like to discuss such a project - we can use existing handmade settings or design something unique to you. All things are possible!
Below are Silver pendants containing braided and cut horsehair in resin, dog hair and children's finger prints. It is also possible to make reduced size copies of hand and paw prints embossed into silver.
Choose your thickness, length, simple catch or with charm accents, such as a heart or star. Alternatively I can design and make something special if you have an idea. Prices range from £30 for simple bracelets to £40 for heavier one with a charm. Hand made charms would be dependant on time and materials involved. These bracelets are all braided by hand to order - so can be customised to your own desires
I will need at least a 14 inch length of hair about a finger thickness. Within any sample of a horse’s tail hair there will inevitably be a lot of shorter hairs that will not be usable, so the thicker and longer the hair sample you send the better. When you have taken the hair from your horse’s tail, secure it at one end with a rubber band. Wash the hair thoroughly with human or horse shampoo, but do NOT use any sprays, such as mane and tail conditioner. Please just wash the hair, rinse thoroughly then fully air dry.