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Beautiful Hand Braided Horse Hair Keyfob Key Ring
These may appear large and bulky, but most people put the keys in the pocket and leave the fob on the outside for handy access.
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Horsehair is the long, coarse hair growing on the manes and tails of horses. Horsehair can be very stiff or very fine and flexible. Mane hair is generally softer and shorter than tail hair. The texture of horsehair can be influenced by the breed and management of the horse, including natural conditions such as diet or climate.
The tassel (plural tassels) is a ball-shaped bunch of plaited hairs from which at one end protrudes a cord on which the tassel is hung, and which may have loose, dangling hairs at the other end. Tassels are often used as decoration on hat bands, key rings and zipper pulls. Every tassel includes a horse hair knot. Knots cover areas where items are sewn or glued. They are decorative as well as functional. The knot, sometimes called a button, also stops the braid from unraveling, similar to a rubber band on a French braid.
A keyring or "split ring" is a ring that holds keys and other small items which are sometimes connected to keychains. A key fob is a generally decorative and at times useful item many people often carry with their keys on a ring or a chain for ease of tactile identification, to provide a better grip, or to make a personal statement.
So technically, this is a horse hair fob on a keyring.
Pewter is the fourth most common metal for jewelry making. Pewter is a malleable metal alloy composed of 85-99% tin mixed with approximately 5-10% antimony, 2% copper, bismuth, and sometimes silver, making it affordable, versatile and durable. Nickel-plated beads are small and decorative objects that are formed in a variety of shapes and sizes.
Hitching is done with 10 to 11 horse tail hairs that are twisted together into pulls. The pulls are knotted over a string using open or closed half hitches. This is where the name hitching comes from.
As the knots are made, the pattern works its way around the dowel in a continuous circle. The pattern is determined by open or closed hitches, as well as adding and dropping pulls.
Different colors can be added to make interesting patterns. This centuries-old art form is very time-intensive.
Most hitched items can be identified by their variations of the diamond pattern, which is usually completed in six rows or less. Each piece is individually hand-crafted.
There are no shortcuts in hitching a fine-quality item. Few people have knowledge of hitched horse hair. Even fewer know how to hitch.
Hitched horsehair is not the same as braided horsehair. Hitching is a series of knots with horse tail hair. Braiding is, well, think a girl's hair. Hitched horsehair will last generations, while braiding does not have the same lasting stability.
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