Care, Cleaning & ShapingIM Silver Jewelry
Hand crafted quality, one piece at a time.
Caring For Your Horsehair Jewelry
I wear my horsehair necklace all the time, so do not worry about damage with continuous wear. The oils from your skin will keep the hair from drying out. Not wearing the horsehair will dry out the hair and that is when breakage starts to happen. Wash the horsehair with a mild shampoo. Do it in the shower when you wash your hair. If the piece gets really dirty, soak in a mild shampoo or dish soap. After soaking for a while rub the hair gently to remove or dislodge any dirt and grim. After the piece is clean, rinse with a mild conditioner to add some moisture.
If your horsehair jewelry has a silver pendants or conchos, remove the silver from the piece and use a silver jewelry cleaner like our recommended Sunshine Polishing Cloth below to remove tarnish.
Shaping your Horsehair Jewelry
The piece will be stiff at first, but if you get the piece wet you can shape it. For example, if you received a necklace, the best way to shape your necklace is to put it on and take a shower. After the necklace is soaked, shape the necklace around your neck by slightly twisting. Once you obtain the fit and shape that you want, leave the necklace on your body to dry. It will hold the shape. You may repeat the process if you do not like the shape or if the necklace did not hold the shape.
Caring for your Silver Jewelry
There are many ways that a piece of silver, nickel, copper, or brass can be cleaned. I use a Sunshine Cloth, which I sell to my clients (please see our recommendation below).
Be cautious when using silver cleaners. Only clean the surface on the IM Silver piece. If you clean out the cuts, your engraved piece will not have the depth it once did.
Brass and silver can also be cleaned with toothpaste. Rub toothpaste onto the piece and with your fingers, rinse and wipe dry with a cloth.
Copper can be cleaned in a bowl with lemon juice and a few grains of salt. Rinse and dry with a cloth.
Another way to help reduce tarnish is to remove the oil found in our finger prints. This is one thing that speeds up the tarnish process.
Silver Polishing Cloths
We Recommend Sunshine® Polishing Cloths! Add cloths to your cart by clicking the links below.
★ Our Recommendation!★ The large polish cloth is the absolute best at polishing your silver jewelry! This special non-scratch micro-abrasive cloth cleans brightly.
Follow Along with IM Silver
Visit IM Silver in galleries and at shows. Contact us to create a custom piece of horsehair jewelry and hand engraved silver to remember your special horse.
Please allow 6-8 weeks on orders.