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  • Happy New Year!

    December 31st, 2013 Susan | Posted in About, Jewelry, Seasons | Tags: , | No Comments »

    Winter horse hd wallpaper by Ahmad8Khan

    Photo by Ahmad8Khan

     

    Thank you to Beckett, Wi-Serina, Panther, Charm Boy, Missy and many more (plus their owners and friends) for being part of my 2013. What a great year!

    I hope all of you and your families have a wonderful 2014! Be safe!

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    Holiday Horse Tail Jewelry Orders

    November 20th, 2013 Susan | Posted in About, Horse Hair, Jewelry, News, Seasons, Shop | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

    The Rapitorial Bracelet includes an engraved nameplate. Add you horse’s name, barn name or date of birth to this nameplate. Both the front and the back can be engraved.

     

    I know you’re dreaming about turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce, but it’s time to think about holiday shopping, too! What better gift to give the horse lover in your life than a horse hair bracelet made from the tail of your loved one’s favorite horse or horses (I can combine more than one together!)

    Since each item is handmade by me, I need time clean it, braid it, finish it and get a fine piece of jewelry back in your hands for gift giving. Here are this year’s deadlines:

    Horse hair jewelry orders that need to be completed and delivered by Christmas, must be to me by December 10, 2013.

    The horse hair needs to be in my hands with an order form on or (preferably) before December 10 so I can start on your jewelry.

    Orders received December 11 – December 17 that are needed for December 25 gift giving will include a $30 per item rush fee.

    All horse hair must be in my mailbox by December 17 for Christmas delivery. Any orders and horse hair received after December 17 will be delivered after Christmas.

    Your horse hair and order forms can be sent to:
    Red-Tail Designs, LLC
    813 Porter St.
    Easton, PA 18042

    You can send a check along with your order form and horse hair, or I can invoice you when I receive the order so you can pay with PayPal or a credit card over the internet.

    Keep in mind that if you don’t know which jewelry piece to pick, you can always give a gift certificate. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me or call me at 610-905-8399.

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    Holiday Jewelry Orders

    November 11th, 2012 Susan | Posted in About, Events, Horse Hair, Jewelry, Seasons | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »

    The top bracelet is a Garden Gala Style bracelet with rectangular sterling silver clasp and pink/red bead mix ($83). The bottom bracelet is the Rapitorial style bracelet, which features an engraved nameplate and sterling silver lobster clasp ($95).

    Well, we survived Hurricane Sandy! That was the worst storm I’ve seen in my many years here in Pennsylvania. Unbelievable, there are still homes in the East without power and many people have lost their homes, cars and other possessions. If you’d like to help these folks donate, contact the American Red Cross.

    A week of kids home from school, no power and bailing out the basement, and I lost complete track of time. Did you know it’s November already?

    That means it’s time to secretly harvest some hair from your friends’ horses and send it me so you can wow them this holiday season with some custom horse hair jewelry. It’s really a showstopping gift that’s perfect for any horse lover.

    Since each item is handmade by me, I need time clean it, braid it, finish it and get a fine piece of jewelry back in your hands for gift giving. So keep these deadlines in mind:

    • Regular deadline for horse hair to be to me is December 1, 2012. It needs to be in my hands with an order form on December 1 so I can start on your order.
    • Orders received December 2 – December 11 that are needed by December 25 will include  a $30 per item rush fee.
    • All horse hair must be in my mailbox by December 11 for Christmas delivery.

    Don’t forget to include the order form! If you have any questions, please feel free to email me or call me.

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    Playing with Resin

    June 27th, 2012 Susan | Posted in About, Crafts, Jewelry, Tutorial | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

    An Alexander Henry owl and Amy Butler dots preserved beneath resin become stylish necklace pendants.

    My sister-in-law loves fabric, so when I saw a post on Craft about how to use fabric and embroidery in jewelry, I knew I’d found the right birthday gift for her.

    Lisa Pavelka Magic-Glos really is magic when it comes to quickly making a pendant or earrings.

    Instead of using a frame pendant used in the Craft post, I used a double-sided pendant from Hobby Lobby and two single pendant frames from Rio Grande. Then I employed Lisa Pavelka’s Magic-Glos UV Resin. This stuff is so easy to use and it cures in the sun in 5 minutes! Who could ask for more (except for maybe a sunny day).

    On episode 4 of Sticks & Stones, the collaborative video podcast I’ve been working on, I talk about how I created the pendant. Below are the official directions:

    1. I found fabric my sis-in-law loves, in this case Alexander Henry’s Spotted Owls and a classic dot pattern from Amy Butler. Then I embroidered parts of the design with sewing thread and embroidery floss. After experimenting a bit, I found it’s better to  embroider a few areas of the design rather than all of it. The resin mutes the texture of the stitching, but the stitching brightens the pattern a bit. It’s also a good idea to cut a template the size of the inside of the pendant, so you can move it across your fabric to decide which part of the design you want to use.
    2. Iron fusible interfacing to the back of the fabric and then cut the design to the size of the pendant. Use the template you created to cut out the design.
    3. Place the design inside the pendant.
    4. Use Magic-Glos to finish the pendant. Several thin layers of Magic-Glos work better than one thick layer. Cure each layer in the sun before applying the next layer.

    The original owl pendant.

    Truth be told, I messed up the pendant I showed on Sticks & Stones so I had to make another pendant for my sis-in-law’s birthday. I ended up making her two pendants so she can choose which one she wants to slip onto the necklace.

    Magic-Glos covers photos, metal, found objects, just about anything you would want to collage onto a pendant. You can also use it for inclusions, such as sprinkling in glitter between the layers of resin. This maybe be my new go-to birthday present for friends and family.

    See Episode 4 of Sticks and Stones

     

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    I’m a TV Star!

    February 3rd, 2012 Susan | Posted in About, Horse Hair, Jewelry | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

     

    Channel 69 Reporter Melanie Falcon shows off the horse hair bracelet she made with me on live TV this week.

    As a journalism major, I dabbled in all areas of media to see what worked for me. One semester of Havenscope, our university TV show, made me realize broadcast journalism wasn’t for me. This week, I finally got to put to work those few skills I learned from Havenscope when I appeared on Channel 69′s Sunrise news show talking about my horse hair jewelry. I had a great time with reporter Melanie Falcon, as we did three live segments in which we demonstrate the steps to creating a singular piece of jewelry.

    If you didn’t get to see the program you can check it out here.

    Melanie was a whiz creating jewelry on the fly and she headed out of our TV segment with a horse hair bracelet with beads. I’m teaching that class this weekend, February 4, at the Museum of Indian Culture. Melanie and I had a fun time working together and the live TV aspect wasn’t as stressful as I imagined it would be.

    Response due to the television exposure was so great that I scheduled a second horse hair jewelry class for tomorrow afternoon. The power of television is immense! I can’t believe how many folks saw the segments.

    Hanging out at the Museum of Indian Culture with Melanie Falcon between TV segments. The war shirt in the background has horse hair locks hanging off the sleeves.

    We’ll likely run the class again in April, so if you didn’t get to make it this time, you’ll have another chance. Email me to put you on the waiting list and I’ll let you know when the next class will run.

    My kids got a kick out of watching me on TV. When I got home my son wanted to know if I was going to do this job every week. Sorry, buddy, my TV career isn’t happening anytime soon. I’m happy with my 15 minutes and leaving the rest to Melanie.

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    Horse Hair Bracelet Class

    July 5th, 2011 Susan | Posted in About, Horse Hair, Jewelry | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »

    This Saturday, July 9, I will be teaching an Adjustable Horse Hair Bracelet class at The Bead Hive in Coopersburg, PA. Horse Hair will be provided at this class or you can bring your own hair. For more details, check out The Bead Hive. You can also register and pay online. See you Saturday!

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    Artifest

    June 11th, 2011 Susan | Posted in Events, Horse Hair, Jewelry | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

    Today I saw:
    A fire breather.

    A Renaissance band.

    A cooper.

    Irish dancers.

    Belly dancers. Fencers. Sword swallowers. Lakota dancers. Ukrainian beaders. A flute maker…. the list goes on.

    I ate samosa chaat and a kuhs lassi while me mom had a Native American Indian Taco.

    And I got to give my favorite flintknapper and fly-rod-maker his new horse hair bracelet.

    A medic ID bracelet with horse hair band.

    It was all at Artifest, a cultural festival sponsored by the Museum of Indian Culture. You can experience it all again tomorrow (6/12)  at the festival, located at 2825 Fish Hatchery Road in Allentown.

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    Handmade Birthday

    May 19th, 2011 Susan | Posted in Crafts, Jewelry | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

    Double wrap watch, password journal and handmade card.

    Double wrap leather band watch, password journal and handmade card.

    The package containing these gifts arrived in New Hampshire today. I sent them off to my sis-in-law Kris for her birthday, admittedly a little late, but I hope she thinks they’re worth the wait.

    Kris commented on a similar watched she liked in a catalog a few months ago. Bingo! Perfect birthday gift! Bingo! Challenge for me to re-create it from scratch. I just love a challenge.

    Sometimes my challenges are like a comedy of errors. I go out and buy the supplies I think I need only to get home and realize they’re too big, too small, not the right color. Such was this challenge.

    I thought I was on it. I sprinted off to the leather store and found leather strap (already cut!), got a new leather punch (smaller holes!) and a buckle (perfect size for the leather!). Off to another store for the watch face. Not what I was planning exactly, but it looked good. Home to the studio, ready to work.

    And I’m off…

    Except the buckle is reversed so it curves in and would irritate the wearer’s wrist. I have not idea what this kind of buckle is used for, but I am now the proud owner of one. It will sit in my sewing draw until it finds its calling among my creations.

    I didn’t want wait a few days and spend the $10 on shipping to get a $5 buckle. I also didn’t want to drive the 40 miles round trip back to the store to search through all the buckles again (that would cost me $10 in gas!). I refrained from cutting the buckles off my daughter’s perfectly good shoes, though I seriously, seriously considered it. Kris’s daughter would have suffered because she gets all her cousin’s hand-me-downs.

    Instead I used my crafty prowess (which I should have consulted in the first place) and traveled the 1.3 miles to the crafter’s mecca of supplies: the thrift store. I bought an old pair of shoes and cut the buckles off to complete the watch.

    Whew!

    The present also included a card I made during a girls weekend excursion and one of my newer brainchilds (brainchildren?), a password journal (more on that in another post). Happy birthday, Kris!

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    Black and Silver on Mullein

    May 4th, 2011 Susan | Posted in Horse Hair, Jewelry, Nature, Seasons | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »

    Black and Silver on Mullein by Red Tail Designs
    Black and Silver on Mullein, a photo by Red Tail Designs on Flickr.

    I’m so glad the leaf-out has arrived and flowers are blooming. Photography is not my forte and I have an especially difficult time selecting the right background for the item I’m capturing. But incorporate a natural background–a leaf, a flower, a colorful rock– and suddenly the whole picture comes together. Nature seems to give everything a little boost.

    Not that this bracelet needed any improvement. It’s bumping along on a mail truck right now on its way to Texas. My customer there is married to her computer 9 to 10 hours a day and she was concerned that beads on the bracelet would bang on the keyboard. Still she wanted a little silver color peeking out. So I incorporated silver chain and it turned out gorgeous.

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    Leap Year

    April 3rd, 2011 Susan | Posted in Horse Hair, Jewelry, Shop | Tags: , , | 2 Comments »

    Leap Year Bracelet, April 2011

    Just shipped out these and 4 other custom pieces to a family in Florida who wanted to honor their horse. I love the way these Leap Year-style bracelet turned out. The white is the horse’s mane hair and the brown is the tail hair.

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