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Made from a really super dark purple glass coated with a gold tone metallic finish, the finish has been selectively sandblasted away to reveal the contrasting glass underneath. Although I do make repeats of these, the one in the photos is the one you'll receive.
All of my barrettes shipped within the US come to you in a small, gift ready box. For overseas shipping, while I typically package them this way as well, I *may* package them in more sturdy packaging so that they arrive without "assembly required"...
Since each barrette is handmade in my rural Pennsylvania studio, they typically measure between 3 1/2" and 3 3/4" (9 - 10 cm long) and 7/8" (20mm) wide.
Even if you have extremely fine hair, the French-made clasp on this barrette should hold - my own is very fine and slippery, and I wear one of my barrettes in it nearly every day. People with thick hair, this barrette should fit you as well. I've been selling them for years at shows, and to date, I've only had a handful of folks (as in literally 4 to 5 people) whose hair was too thick or too thin to keep one of my barrettes in place.
I do not recommend wearing my barrettes in a pool or shower, or playing extreme contact sports while wearing my barrettes.
All photos and text copyright 2012 M. Sotherden Art Glass