Horse Hair, Copper Wire, and Swarovski Beaded Necklace

by Michelle Booker.
(Belleville, IL)

Horse Hair, Copper Wire, and Swarovski Beaded Necklace by Michelle Booker  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Freeform copper crystal horse hair necklace

I own a horse boarding facility and raise a few babies.

Horse Hair, Copper Wire, and Swarovski Beaded Necklace by Michelle Booker  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Freeform copper crystal horse hair necklace

I had lost one of my horses that i had raised and i decided to remember her by making a horse hair necklace.

Horse Hair, Copper Wire, and Swarovski Beaded Necklace by Michelle Booker  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Horse hair necklace with a wire wrapped quartz pendant

It was like therapy for me. So now im like obsessed! Lol this piece, i braided some horse hair and made the end caps from copper wire.

Horse Hair, Copper Wire, and Swarovski Beaded Necklace by Michelle Booker  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Horse hair necklace copper wire wrapped lampwork glass beads

Made a freeform design out if copper and added swarovski crystals to it. I love sparkly stuff!

Michelle Booker
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  • Michelle, what a lovely way to remember a special horse. I imagine many horse owners who board their horses would love to have jewelry made with hair from their beloved horse too. And I love how well wire and beads work with horse hair in jewelry designs!

  • Hello Michelle,
    I love your free formed wire work pieces. Also, what a touching sentiment that started your journey. Good job!

  • Chris Rehkop says:

    What a unique addition to your jewelry designs, I really like them!

  • Dianne H. says:

    So creative and a great remembrance of your horse.

  • Alysen says:

    How sentimental! And your pieces are awesome.
    One question: I’d like to know how long a horse hair is? Your braiding is nice and tight and doesn’t look like my hair braid which has pieces sticking out.

  • Thank you everyone for the nice words! Alysen, i try to make all of the hair one length so that there are no loose ends. If i have one or so sticking out, i generally pull those. I gather the hair from the very bottom of the horses tail and then tease the shorter ones up as far as i can. I never want to waste any of their tails. They need them! Lol Then i cut as close to the base of the tail as i can. The length, I dont worry too much about. After i braid it I’ll measure what i need and use the rest in something else. I have a video of it… ill just have to upload it

  • Alysen says:

    Michelle, that would be so interesting to see your video, wherever you post it!!! Thx for explaining your process a bit, I’ve got one of those ‘enquiring minds’! 🙂
    Alysen

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