Tarpan Beadworks

Many, Louisiana · 1088 Sales


Tarpan Beadworks

Many, Louisiana 1088 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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I'm now offering custom stamped nameplates. blush
Due to many requests, I'll soon be offering custom name plates on my bracelets... after I've spent some time practicing with my new toys!

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Horsehair usually isn't clean and pretty when it arrives. It takes care and technique to dress it for making jewelry.

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“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” — Henry Ward Beecher

I began braiding horsehair in 2012 after closely examining the tail of a liver chestnut mare and being amazed at the variety of colors I saw.

While I believe that horsehair is a worthwhile medium in and of itself, the addition of the emotional bond between horse and rider makes it more meaningful then just braided leather or string. I have a lot of other creative pursuits, but horsehair has a special place in my heart. Equestrians from all walks of life frequently want a piece of mourning jewelry made from the tail of a beloved horse that has passed on. I believe that having a piece of jewelry like this made can be an important part of the grieving process, and so part of my shop's goal is to keep my services affordable and thus available to equestrians of all income levels.

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Last updated on June 23, 2015
I craft affordable, high quality horsehair jewelry as well as eclectic beadwork and art.

Questions? Please check out my shop policies for my F.A.Q. before sending me a note!

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
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  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
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  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
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I accept Paypal and credit cards through Etsy direct checkout. If you would like to make arrangements to put an item on lay away, and pay in installments please let me know.
For custom horsehair items, the estimated processing time may vary depending on my workload and how long it takes for your horsehair to arrive in the mail. It typically takes me approximately 2 weeks to complete an order once the hair arrives.

Shipping times vary depending on the item purchased and the destination.
Each item lists an expected shipping date. I ship using USPS, and will provide you with a tracking number the day your order ships.

Please be aware that if you live outside the US, while I will always provide a customs number, tracking is limited, and there can be delays in delivery. Allow a full 45 day before considering it to be an issue.

Insurance is included in the $2.00 handling fee on all orders and is mandatory.
Refunds and Exchanges
If your purchase does not meet your expectations for any reason, let me know as soon as possible! I will strive to make it right.

For custom orders I do not offer cash refunds, however I will offer a store credit.

For items that may get lost in transit, I will happily replace the item at no cost to you.

For orders placed in the US that are NOT custom, I can offer a refund as long as I am made aware of the issue within two weeks of the shipping date. Refunds will be completed the day I receive the item back.

For orders placed internationally, I can offer a refund as long as I am made aware of the issue within 45 days of the shipping date. Refunds will be completed promptly when I receive the item back.

Refunds are made in the amount of the item purchased less the cost of shipping.

I offer repairs for all items sold in my Etsy shop for the cost of return shipping.
Additional policies and FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions


1. Can you make me a piece of custom jewelry using hair from my horse?

Yes, I make custom jewelry using your provided hair. When placing your order for a custom piece, simply select the "My Hair" option from the dropdown menu. The mailing address to send your hair to is included in the confirmation email you will receive after placing your order.

2. How do I send my horse's hair to you for you to make into jewelry?

My mailing address is included in the confirmation email you will receive after placing your order. Simply package it securely in an envelope and mail it to me. Please contact me if you plan to send it by a method other then USPS.

3. How do I collect hair from my horse?

I recommend lifting the horse's tail and cutting the hair from behind the skirt of the tail. By doing it this way the overall appearance of the tail is not effected.

4. How much hair do you need?

I need a hank of hair approximately the circumference of a dime and as long as you can manage. I sort the hair out by length after washing it and brushing out the very short pieces, then count the hair out into bundles for braiding. This amount ensures that I receive enough usable hair.

5. Can I send you mane hair?

Mane hair is unsuitable for braided work, and I will not braid it without you making prior arrangements with me. There is also an additional charge of $20 due to the increased difficulty of working with mane hair. If I am sent mane hair without prior arrangements being made, the hair will be returned at your expense and the remainder of the order will be refunded.

Mane hair does, however, make excellent tassels and there is no additional charge for using it in this way.

6. Can you return any unused hair to me?

Any unused hair can be returned to you with your completed order at your request.

7. Where do you get the hair for your premade jewelry?

Premade jewelry is made out of hair leftover from other orders that the owners' did not want returned to me. I also occasionally trade custom work for hair in colors that I need. I have yet to find a commercial source of horsehair that is not a byproduct of the slaughter industry, and thus far I have been able to avoid buying it.

8. What are your findings made of?

I use nickel alloy endcaps and silvertone plated brass jump rings. Using non-precious metal findings allows me to keep my work affordable.

9. Can you make me a custom piece with special findings/a special charm/etcetra?

I can make a custom piece using special findings, but require that the customer pay for them.

10. How long does it take to finish my custom piece?

Depending on my workload, it takes 1-3 weeks from the time I receive the hair to complete the custom piece.

11. How do I know what size bracelet to order?

Measure the diameter of your wrist in inches and add one inch. Average is 7.5-8 inches. If the bracelet is too tight you may find it difficult to work the clasp!

12. How do I care for horsehair jewelry?

Heat, light and friction are the enemies of horsehair jewelry. It should not be repeatedly wetted, although it can be washed with gentle soap if dirty, and it should be stored in a cool, dry place when not being worn.

13. How durable is horsehair jewelry?

As long as it is properly cared for, horsehair jewelry will be a wonderful keepsake for years to come. There are pieces of Victorian-era hairwork in existence that are still wearable after over 100 years!

14. I have a question that isn't answered here!

If you have a question that isn't answered here, just send me a note through Etsy! I'll do my best to get back to you as soon as possible.