Table-Braided Keepsakes

Table-braiding is a tradition that dates back for hundreds of years. It requires long lengths of hair, 6″ or more, to be woven tightly into braids that can be set into rings, bracelets, necklaces and watch chains. 

The Swivel Ring

Requires a minimum of 6” long x 1/16” diameter of hair (150mm x 2mm). The setting is handcrafted is Seattle by a skilled metalsmith and is available in Silver or Gold

The Swivel Bracelet

Requires a minimum of 9” long x 1/16” diameter of hair (230mm x 2mm). The setting is handcrafted is Seattle by a skilled metalsmith and is available in Silver or Gold

Open Weave Ring

Requires a minimum of 6” long x 1/16” diameter of hair (150mm x 2mm). The setting is handcrafted is Seattle by a skilled metalsmith and is available in Silver or Gold

Fancy Necklace

Requires a minimum of 18” long x 1/8” diameter of hair (600mm x 3mm) or 10” x ¼”. This setting is created using parts from repaired antique jewelry + modern accent.

Braided Bracelet

Requires a minimum of 9” long x 1/16” diameter of hair (230mm x 2mm). This setting is created using parts from repaired antique jewelry + modern accent.

Watch Chain

Requires a minimum of 16” long x 1/8” diameter of hair (400mm x 3mm). This setting is created using parts from repaired antique jewelry + modern accent.

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Durability & Care

Hair is incredibly durable when woven together. It does not require any special coating or treatment to stand the test of time, as a true heirloom should.

These should be worn gently, not during strenuous activities outdoors or in, to ensure moisture does not settle under the hair, which could damage it over time.

How it’s Made

The technique of weaving hair into long cords is created on a round ‘table’ with a center hole. Small bundles of hair are weighted around the outside edge and moved in repetitive patterns to push down an ultra tight cord through the hole.

The hairs are counted and separate into ‘strands’ according to the pattern

The strands are placed onto the table and balanced with weights for braiding

As the strands are moved around the table, it pushes downward through the center

The braid that forms underneath is a consistant, tightly woven pattern

The finished braid is remove from the weights and heat set to ensure its strength

The ends of the braid are secured so it can be securely set into the metal findings

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To get started with the design process, please continue to the contact page to fill out the questionnaire.

Questions?

For more information on how much hair and the different styles options, please check out the Process page.