If you’re looking for a great memento of a beloved horse, or if you still need a creative Christmas gift for a horse-loving friend, then today’s blog is just for you! Have you ever wondered how to make a horsehair bracelet? We’ve got step-by-step directions so you can do this fun craft in your home this month.
Horse tail hair, at least 15” long, and at least the diameter of a pencil Two clasps Two bead end caps Crafting wire Waxed thread Glue – a tiny bit of Gorilla Glue works well Dish detergent Comb Scissors Rubber band
Gently wash the horse hair using a mild dish detergent or hair shampoo. Allow the hair to dry thoroughly, then comb it through so that it is free of tangles. Trim about 1/2 an inch from each end of the bundle of hair so that all of the hairs are the same length.
Tightly wrap the waxed thread around the very top of the bundle of hair. You want the thread to be able to tightly hold the braid together.
Begin to braid the entire bundle of hair. You can use a basic braid, or you can look up more complex braids online.
Tie off the bottom end of the bundle of hair with waxed thread, once the braid is complete.
Tightly wrap a 5” length of crafting wire around the waxed thread on the top of the braid. Wind the wire tightly around the hair, and allow the remaining wire to hang loosely. Repeat this step on the bottom of the braid.
Put a tiny bit of glue on each of the ends of the braid, including on the waxed thread itself.
Slip a bead end cap over the wires and onto each end of the braid. Hold the end caps snugly for a few minutes while the glue sets inside the end caps.
Tie one end of the clasp onto the remaining wire on the top of the bracelet. The clasp should be tied snugly against the end of the bead end cap. Repeat this step on the bottom of the braid.
Trim off the remaining wire.
And that’s it! You now have your own horsehair bracelet. If you are making a bracelet to fit a specific wrist size, then only braid as much hair as you need to create a bracelet of the desired length. Tie up the ends of the braid, then trim off the excess hair and complete the process as described above.
Original Source: How to Make Horsehair Bracelets