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On New Year’s day 2015 I was inspired by my lovebug Biscuit and my stash of his hair, from keeping his continuous mohawk in shape.

Biscuit Hair Beads

Biscuit Hair Beads

From each hair cut I give him (which is frequent to keep him handsome) I quickly form his hair that ends up on the couch into soft felted beads and keep them in a silver bowl. From my local bead shop on 4th avenue in Kits, I had some silver findings of posts, jump rings, caps and some chain in my stash, as my intention a while back was to make Biscuit a necklace out of his hair beads. So… I spent a lovely New Year’s Day afternoon watching a movie and making him his new bling. I had enough B-beads left over to make myself a necklace too – and incorporate some vintage silk thread from my Grandma’s sewing box.

B-Beads, silver findings/chain, vintage silk thread

B-Beads, silver findings/chain, vintage silk thread

I am new to jewellery making so it took me a while to put it together – the process was lovely and meditative because I had to finesse the beads with some more felting to make them denser…and it took me a while to get the hang of piercing the beads with the post and bending the posts to make the little loop at the end. I used a thick darning needle to worry the way through the B-Bead for the silver post – probably would have been faster to use an awl but I couldn’t find it! I decided to make my necklace design a bit more sparkly by embroidering crystals from my endless stash onto one of the B-beads. (see detail shot below)

Fierce

Fierce huh?

Felted Biscuit Beads, silver, vintage silk thread

Felted Biscuit Beads, silver, vintage silk thread

When I wore my necklace for the first time I found that the slippery silk thread would not stay knotted and secure on the jump rings, so I purchased more silver chain and replaced the silk thread… I think the necklace looks much more polished now. I love wearing it. It’s pretty interesting too to hear people’s reaction when they find out the felted beads are made from my dog’s hair. I really don’t think it’s that odd but maybe that’s just me and I’m sure every other dog lover out there! I can touch the beads and think of my little love bug.

Modified original design using more silver chain instead of silk thread

Modified original design using more silver chain instead of silk thread

Detail - I embroidered swaroski crystals to one of the beads

Detail – I embroidered swaroski crystals to one of the beads

I wear it single strand and doubled up

I wear it single strand and doubled up

Lovebug Biscuit

Lovebug Biscuit

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