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« on: May 14, 2011 10:36:26 PM »

When I first thought of this the idea sounded really good but now that I'm about to explain it, it may seem kind of creepy. Sorry if this puts you off!

My samoyed Polo went to doggie heaven on Thursday. Before we buried him, I cut a lock of his hair to keep with me. I've been thinking about somehow turning it into an earring or a necklace. The only problem is I have no clue how to do it. My idea was to dip the end in glue and wrap silver wire around it to make a loop so i can attach and earring hook or a chain.

Here is a picture to show you how much I have to work with and a bobby pin for comparison.

I don't know if I'm making much sense but I'm hoping some of you lovely jewelry experts can help me out.
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« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2011 05:49:03 AM »

I'm sorry on the loss of your dog.  And I don't think it sounds creepy at all.  Good luck on this project, I'm sorry I don't have any ideas for you!

« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2011 07:01:43 AM »

I've been thinking of doing something similar to this with loose feathers. I plan on using a bullet casing and filling it with glue, then sticking the feathers into that. I have no idea if it will actually work...I'm obviously new here, but I'm very new to jewelry making stuff and have been experimenting a lot.

If you don't have or want to use bullet casings, I'm sure you could find other tiny, similarly shaped containers to work the same way. I saw little bottles at Joann's the other day, they were clear, but you could paint a design on the outside of the bottle. I've considered doing that with the bullet casings as well.
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« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2011 03:14:28 PM »

Condolences on the loss of your friend.
Do you want to be able to touch the fur, or just have it with you? For the former, gluing may work. I'd use something really strong like E6000. For the latter, many people have carried hair with them in lockets. You could braid a small strip and encase it in resin. You could also make a small amulet bag of cloth, beadwork, or leather to carry it in. I hope this gives you some ideas. I also don't think it's creepy at all. I have a box of beagle ashes in my bedroom.

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« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2011 12:56:44 PM »

Not creepy at all.

I was just exploring this website, and I think something like this may work for you:


It's 6mm wide, so a fairly large hank of hair could be glued into it, though there is another page for the 5mm version. You can attach a bail for a pendant or earring hooks right to the loop.

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« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2011 02:48:45 PM »

A cap and glu would work just fine, though make sure the hair is good and stuck together at the end before you stick it in the cap; you don't want the stuff in the middle to fall out on you.

Another thought; Felting. If you're inclined in that direction it's quite easy to make felt beads out of dog/cat hair.

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« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2011 05:16:34 PM »

If you do some research into Victorian Mourning Jewelery, you might get some ideas.  Typically they would incorporate hair into the jewelery somehow.  Do a google image search for "victorian mourning jewelery hair" and you'll see loads of examples.

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« Reply #7 on: August 26, 2011 12:57:09 PM »

I would say cut the end flat and dip it in glue so it soaks up really good on the end and when its dried (in one piece of glue instead of hundreds of pieces of fur) glue it into any kind of encasement so it will hang down

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« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2011 06:01:47 AM »

After seeing a dead squirrel beer bottle cozy I think I have seen it all. Haha! I'm just kidding.

But anyway, there is already a whole world of hair jewelry called mourning jewelry. It mas made in the Victorian era after a loved one would die because that was a part of them that lived on. Maybe you could get some ideas by looking it up. Some of it doesn't even look like it's hair!

When I saw what you were doing I immediately thought of possibly wedging it between two pieces of glass for a pendant or something so the hair can't fall out. If you go with that idea you could possibly braid it first or make a design with it? I saw a complete pendant glass frame set like that at either Michael's, Hobby Lobby, or Joann's once. Its' hard to say which one because I frequent them all. Wink

And of course it's not weird. Why would it matter if anyone else thought it was weird anyway? It's going to be a memento for you.

Good luck! Cheesy

« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2011 02:12:41 PM »

You could use metal crimp beads. Place some hair in the circle crimp and wear.
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