Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Ontario, Canada
My husband is a goldsmith/silversmith and he is just getting into horsehair pieces. With regards to practicality, I would have to say that that has a lot to do with design. If the piece incorperates fine metals and fine braids, it will not be as durable as say, a round, multi strand braid.
There are some awesome designers out there; if you give me an idea of what you are after I cound post some links to designers I would recomend. Are you looking for something more on the fine metal side of things, or more straight up horse hair? What is your budget? I know of one AMAZING designer, but pieces start at about $300 and go WAY up.
We use mane hair because it is finer. Like I say, we are in the learning phase with horse hair, but we've had the most success by going into the middle of the mane or the bottom and simply cutting out a small amount. If the horse has a short mane, of course you will have to use tail hair.
~Lindsay~ Mom of 2, wife to the goldsmith, doula and childbirth educator in training, life-long horse dork