All my quills are African Porcupine, which I purchase from people licensed to import and sell them in the US. Porcupines throw their quills in defense and drop them naturally, so the animals are not killed just so hair looks nice. I make the end beads on steel rods which I push down into the quill for durability. The bead sets are matched – that is I make all the beads for a quill at the same time using the same flame environment, glass, kiln session, etc. There are usually at least 6 of my lampwork beads in a single strand, at least 11 in a double, etc. Feel free to contact me with any questions!
Here's how one of my quills looks in the hair:
Here’s a link to printable instructions for putting in your quill.
Braid Wraps are leather wraps which are designed to go around the end of a decorative braid...like a side braid as shown below in Mike's hair. Each Braid Wrap features a set of handmade beads and is finished with coins or handmade charms of feathers and natural quartz crystal or shells. Each one is different, so it's best to contact me directly to find out what I have currently, if there are none listed in my store, or to order a specific color scheme.
Here’s a link to printable instructions for putting in your Braid Wrap.
Small, close to 2 ½ inches
Medium, close to 3 ¼ inches
Large, about 4 inches
Beaded with “Dingles” (fringe on either end)
Beaded with Drape
All sizes are genuine French barrettes, made in France (not the cheaper Chinese knock-off). They all hold a substantial amount of hair securely. Most barrettes are macramé, using assorted glass beads...primarily Czech & Japanese glass. While I will eventually offer them with my own lampwork, for now I'm concentrating on other jewelry featuring that. Once the macramé is complete, I cut deerskin backing and glue that to the barrette, then glue and tie the macramé to the deerskin and the barrette. This ensures long dependable wear, and IF for some reason something comes loose, you don't lose it. So far, in the 20 odd years I've made these, I've never had one returned because it came apart. Feel free to custom order any size in any style & color, except small which I only make as Plain Beaded. They’re just too small.
Coming Soon: Celtic Knot Barrettes