Information for your Horsehair Jewellery
Collecting your horsehair:
You will need:
-You are best to take it from the base of the dock at the back of the tail. Must be tail hair as mane isn't as strong, however mane hair may be used in some cases for the horseshoe pendant and key rings. Contact Chele first.
If possible, wash and dry the tail first:
-Brush the tail out before cutting.
-Collect at least 40 – 45 cm, an amount about as thick as your finger, and try to have all the hairs the same length (the shorter hairs can't be used).
-Bind it with the elastic band and put into a ziplock band to keep clean and dry. (If sending hair from different horses, please seperate these in different bags).
-Write you name and the horses name on the ziplock bag.
-Where possible, keep some extra hair in case you need us to make a replacement (send us as much as possible and what we don't use we will return to you).
-Order your horsehair jewellery piece online and post or deliver your horses tail to 111 Tarr Road, RD1, Ohaupo 3881.
-If relevant to the item you are purchasing (ie. bracelet/bangle/ring), please contact Chele and advise what length/size you require.
-The doors of Chele Clarkin Jewellery at “The Happy Hare” on Tarr Road, Mystery Creek, are open by appointment only. Please contact us here to arrange a suitable time if you prefer to deliver your horses tail hair to us.
Measuring for your horsehair bracelet:
-If possible, take an existing bracelet that fits well, lay it flat, and measure the length.
-If you have a flexible measuring tape, measure just above the wrist bone, then make sure to add about 1.30cm depending how fitted you want your bracelet to be.
Caring for your horsehair bracelet or bangle:
-Horsehair is very tough, however it is still prone to splitting and breaking. When this happens just snip back the broken hair with nail scissors.
-The ends are bound and glued into the metal caps, and prolonged exposure to water will, in time, break down the glue which may lead to the hair coming out. Therefore, avoid wearing them in the shower, swimming or washing your horses with your horsehair bracelet, bangle or ring on.
Our horsehair jewellery is one of out most popular ranges and, if looked after properly, can be worn and loved for many years.
Repairs on your horsehair jewellery:
-Depending on the extent of the damage, it is possible to repair/replait the hair in your horsehair jewellery piece. We strongly suggest you keep hold of your leftover tail hair just in case your jewellery piece ever is in need of repair. Otherwise, as a backup, we can use substitute tail hair that matches.
-We can replait your horsehair, however there is a cost of $90 to do so.