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How to make and Elephant Hair Bracelet

If anyone can help me, it would be great. I have been looking all
over for on how to make an elephant hair bracelet. A
customer asked me if I might be able to make her one. I have done
every type of search I can think of as well as gone through every
book I have. I have seen numerous pictures and references to the
bracelets, but nothing on how they are made.

Please if anyone can help me with this, I would be eternally

Thank You,



This question has been asked several times over the years. You might
try the orchid archives. I don’t recall whether anyone could answer
the question…but maybe you’ll get lucky.

Jerry in Kodiak


I wrote an article on how to forge an elephant fair bracelet in the
October 2002 issue of AJM magazine. It is a step by step photo
essay with proper dimensions. If you can’t track down a copy of the
magazine, please contact me off list, and I would be glad to get a
copy to you.

Mark Maxwell
Instructor GIA

I used to live in Kenya and I have one in sterling. They also used
to sell 3-4 strand rings of flattened 18K gold wire in the same
style. I have one someplace but have misplaced it in a move, so I’ll
have to search. I could send you a digital or two of the sterling
bracelet off forum, if you like.

This may sound silly, but what is an Elephant Hair Bracelet? Is it a
pattern, or is the name because it is made from elephant hair?

Karen Bahr
Karen’s Artworx

Dear Linda Laughlin,

I have a handout I prepared on the construction of an elephant hair
bracelet in sterling. If you email me your address, I’ll pop one in
the mail. Enjoy.

Munya Avigail Upin

This may sound silly, but what is an Elephant Hair Bracelet? Is it a
pattern, or is the name because it is made from elephant hair?


The original “elephant hair” bracelets were made from elephant hair,
thus the name. The design has been copied and made with all types of
wire, silver, gold, etc. It consists of a single length of wire, or
elephant hair, that encircles the wrist a number of times, with each
end of the wire, or hair, wrapping around the wires that encirlcle
the wrist. It can be opened or closed by moving the wrapped ends
closer together or further apart. Here is a link to a photo:

Joel Schwalb

Hello Orchidians,

I’ve rewritten my elephant hair bracelet handout and emailed it to
those who requested it. Unfortunately, some are unable to open the
attachment. I’ll be away for a few days, but upon my return I will
post the instructions on Orchid so it will be available to everyone.

Thanks for your patience.

Munya Avigail Upin