I lost a pony to Equine Grass Sickness in the Spring of 2019. It is a particularly nasty condition that still nobody know much about. I wanted to learn to work with horse hair to preserve Ailieas' memory and use the results to help raise funds for The Equine Grass Sickness Fund who try to find a solution to this killer disease. https://grasssickness.org.uk
I lost my lovely skewbald mare recently (not to EGS) so her photos and braids are here too. Animals become part of our home, family and heart - I consider it a privilege to help save those memories of ones we have loved.
I use Kumihimo - a Japanese technique, to braid the hair for the bracelets and then add sterling silver end caps, clasps & accent beads or silver charms. The thickness of the 'rope' is determined by the amount of hair used. Information on what I need is detailed below.
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. So when I was asked to make a ring to save hair from a much beloved dog I was happy to help. Virtually anything can be preserved in resin, in almost any shape or style, to create a truly special reminder of your pet. You can follow the whole process and see how your piece is made every step of the way.
Please contact me with details your project and needs, I'm always happy to help.
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.