Frequently Asked Questions
Are these real horseshoe nails? Yes
Do you make your jewelry with old/used nails? No, my horseshoe nails are brand new.
Where do you get your nails? From a farrier supply store.
Why don't you collect used horseshoe nails and use those? When a horse gets old shoes pulled off the nails are worn out, rusty and gross. They are not usable at that point.
Will my ornaments rust? No and Yes... With age you will see a patina darkening the steel a bit. If you would like to brighten them up again just gently use some steel wool to get back the shine. Most people just let them age naturally and enjoy them that way. Avoid direct contact with water as to prevent rust.
Are you the Crafter? Yes I am, I make each and every piece. When I am extremely busy a friend will help sometimes, and my husband will help with packaging/shipping occasionally.
Do you have to heat the nails to bend them? No I don't, they bend fairly easily. I have an assortment of hand bending tools and vices to get the exact bends I need.
How do you "connect" your intricate designs? My ornamants are assembled with lead-free solder. Its a process that uses a small torch, flux and solder as the "glue".