How do I buy a piece in the shop?
If you have a Paypal account click on the Paypal payment button and follow instructions. If you don’t have a Paypal account click on the card icons and you can pay by card. I will then send you a confirmation of purchase and ask for name, address etc. I will also send instructions on sending me horsehair and any other information you require.
How do I place a bespoke order?
Contact me via email and I can arrange to call you to discuss options. I can then send you an invoice for payment.
Can I add something like a name tag to a piece already made in the shop?
In most cases yes this is possible for an additional charge
How much is postage?
Postage is included in all prices. Items are sent signed for to cover insurances.
I really like a piece already made but I would like a different gemstone or to change an element?
I can make another similar item for you. No 2 pieces are ever the same as they are handmade and unique.
Do you buy in Sterling Silver ends, clasps, Rings etc?
Everything I make starts as a flat sheet or wire. I sometimes buy tube to make smaller barrels. I buy in ready made Bezel Cups for setting stones to give you the best finish. Chains for necklaces are brought in and sent for hallmarking. I can add traditional Sterling Silver clasps for bracelets (suggested if to be worn all the time for security). I don’t buy in pre-made Barrels, ends, Sterling Silver beads, tags etc. Everything is hand made to offer you something special and unique.
How much horse hair do you require?
The more hair I have the more choice I have in choosing the best hairs. However if you only have a little I can still create something for you. Bracelets require a full length of tail, if shorter I can make them in 2 sections and add a bead connection.
Barrels come in all shapes and sizes so the amount will depend on the size and quantity. I normally work on a good finger size.
Hair which is looped and tied needs to be a good length to allow a fold.
I will advise you on how much hair I need when you order, or if you have a set amount let me know and I can inform you which pieces I can incorporate it into
Do I need to wash the hair?
Please send clean dry horsehair through the post. I always wash the hair before I use it to remove dirt and grease build up. Either wash your tail before you cut it and send it to me dry. In short it doesn’t want mud, muck and shavings on it as this hair will be damaged and unusable.
How do I best collect the hair?
Tail hair is the best to use. If you only have mane or forelock please contact me and we can discuss options. I wash the tail let it dry then take a good thumb full from the back of the dock and cut with sharp scissors. Put a band on the top and send in a bunch. Hair needs to be in a bunch not all random like a knot as it takes hours to separate and line up the hair to use.
Are items Hallmarked?
Items are hallmarked by the London assay office and have my makers mark on them. As items can be fine or small they are laser hallmarked. Some items weighing under 7g or of mixed metal (i.e. copper, brass and sterling silver) are unhallmarked, this will be listed on the description. The reasons these items are priced lower is to keep costs down to yourself as by law they don’t need hallmarking. If you wish for an unhallmarked item to be hallmarked please contact me. By law any item over 7.78g must be hallmarked to be called Sterling Silver.
Do items come boxed?
Every item comes gift boxed
How do I measure for a bracelet?
Put a piece of string around the wrist where you would like the bracelet to sit and measure the string. If you want a snug fit send that measurement and say you want it snug. If you want a looser fit I will add minimum 2 cm to the measurement. If you have a bracelet you love the size of measure that in a straight line and send the measurement as well. Once a bracelet is made and hair set it is a hard job to make alterations.
How do I care for my item?
Items are made from Sterling Silver, copper and brass. To care for your metal use an appropriate polishing cloth for that material. Be aware horsehair is natural, please don’t apply heat like a hairdryer or tongs as this will make it brittle and can break it. Don’t get the hair wet as this will affect the glue used to set it. a gentle dusting or a lightly damp cloth wiped over will be fine.
Can I use hair from multiple horses
Of course, hair can be mixed together or separated. If your horse has different colours in its tail these can be split into different colours as well.
Do you return unused hair
I love to show people what their item can look like with horsehair in it, however I only have limited amounts of horsehair. I will happily return unused horsehair with your piece but if you are happy to leave it with me it is much appreciated. Hair from horses who have passed away will always be returned.
How do you advise I send the hair to you
Its always best to send it via tracked delivery so it doesn’t get lost. Especially if it is all you have. I suggest if a horse has passed away you always keep a bit back for yourself.
I don’t have my own horse can you supply the hair?
I can sell items with hair in please contact me.
How long will my order take?
For bespoke items I would say a couple of months but it depends on the amount of work involved and how many pieces I have to send in for Hallmarking. If you want it sooner this may be possible but likely to involve an additional charge. Please ask. It also depends on the number of orders I have.
For items already made where I only have the hair to set and are already hallmarked I estimate 2 weeks.
Items which require no hair setting can be sent out immediately.