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Bosal Necklace with hair tassels 

As a keepsake, I made this necklace from Masada’s mane hair around 15 years ago. I used his mane for many other projects that were sold, but had nothing for myself. Masada was chestnut so his mane hair was an attractive color for tassel accents on many braided headstalls. I braided this necklace in a combination of roo and rawhide.

Instructions for the miniature bosal (H) can be found in The Art of Braiding, Romal Reins l, pages 68-70. To connect the miniature bosal to the necklace, I plaited a fine 4 strand piece to make a small loop (G) and attached it securely into the heel knot groundwork of the miniature bosal. The trick was to keep the loop as small as possible.

The plaited body (A) of the necklace is 40 inches/102 cm long, (B-C). The 4 plait instructions for the necklace body are in The Art of Braiding The Basics - Second Revised Ed., page 17.

At this point, I slipped the loop of my miniature bosal onto the plaited necklace.

I attached the hair tassels (F) by folding the ends of my plaiting over the middle of the small bundles of mane hair. For additional ideas, see The Art of Braiding The Basics - Second Revised Ed., pages 57-58 and The Art of Braiding, Romal Reins l, page 65-67.

Once your groundwork is established over the tassels, you are ready to braid the long buttons (E). If your string size and the size groundwork over the hair tassels are small, you may choose the long pineapple button from The Art of Braiding The Basics - Second Revised Ed., pages 43-527. My groundwork was small enough to use the 6 bight long pineapple button. You may choose one of the long buttons from The Art of Braiding, Romal Reins l. This book gives a variety of long button to choose from depending the size of the strings and finished groundwork.

Braid two 6 bight Turk's head with a gaucho interweave as slide knots (D). Instructions are in The Art of Braiding
The Basics - Second Revised Ed.
, pages 40-42.

To protect the leather and give it a finished appearance, I used Resolene.

 


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