Victorian Hair Jewelry Jewelry made using your hair

Victorian Hair Jewelry Jewelry made using your hair

Victorian Hair Jewelry Jewelry made using your hairVictorian Hair Jewelry Jewelry made using your hairVictorian Hair Jewelry Jewelry made using your hair

Custom Made by Hair Artist         Sandi Johnson


Victorian Hair Jewelry

Little Mermaid


Bringing This Old Art Into 

Today's World

Prince of Wales


Traditional Victorian Design

Family Pendant


Using Hair From Family Members With 

Accent Colors of Their Birthstones



I  pride myself on the craftsmanship of  my pieces and when  my client's look  at the finished art I want it to be as as close as I can get to how they envisioned it  when they  ordered.    I  understand the  sentiment  and love behind  these  pieces and  treat  every  customer  with  utmost respect.      I  work  

very closely  with my clients and no piece  is  

              finished  until  the client  approves it.                                


Each piece is created using hair the client provides.  Most  artwork is  placed on a mother-of-pearl back-

ground.    When  hair is very light or white I will

   use a darker background which showcases the hair.                                                                               


I  can  create  most any image my client requests.  

If you email me a picture of what you would like made I can tell you if it  can be done using  hair  techniques.    Very little hair is needed to 

create most designs.        

Hair Art Techniques

Sepia Technique


The sepia technique is almost like painting with finely chopped hair.  In this piece the hair was tinted to create the scene.

Palette Technique


Palette work uses hair laid flat and cut into shapes to create designs.

Other Techniques


Hair flowers can make very large

pieces such as in the picture above.  

 Hair Art is jewelry and artwork created using hair as the artistic medium.  It was created most commonly from the middle ages through the 1800's.   It was believed that hair jewelry increased one's love if the piece was made using the hair of the living, and was seen as a way of wearing one's love if the person was deceased.  

Popular designs

Basket Weave


This is hair that is woven into a basket weave.  More than one person's hair can be woven together to create such a piece.

Prince of Wales


This is a very popular design. It takes slightly longer hair to create.



This is a very popular.  It can take hair of most any length to create

Treasure Box



Each piece is packaged in a  "treasure" box for safekeeping when not being worn.  It  makes a  beautiful  gift box for gift giving.  These pieces will last for generations to come.  

Inheritable Hair


Many people choose to use hair from family members and create  family  pieces to  pass  down to  future generations.  Many pieces are made to honor the memory of a loved one.

Hair Art History


 This is an antique brooch created using the palette technique. 

About Me

A Passion Was Born


Once people saw the pieces I had created I started getting requests to make something for them.   

It has turned into a joyful experience for me to create these special pieces for my clients and know that perhaps someday a child will look at my work and be as enthralled with it as I was with the antique pieces I had seen.  I like to think that maybe my work will be the inspiration for someone in the future.  I know my pieces are made to last for generations.

My History


I have been fascinated with Hair Art since I was child and saw beautiful  Victorian Pieces at the Minnesota State Fair and also the Swedish Institute in Minneapolis.  I was absolutely intrigued with the small and intricate pieces of jewelry, and I was in awe of the huge wreaths  some of them created using hair from an entire church congregation.  

It has interested me ever since and about thirty years ago I decided to learn how to make jewelry for myself using these old techniques.  I researched everything I could find on the construction of these pieces and learned from trial and error what worked and what didn't.  It fascinated me just to learn and soon became an obsession.

My Experience


My work has been featured in Images Magazine, Women's Wear Daily Magazine and  Mourning Art and Jewelry, a book written  by Maureen DeLorme,   I participated in Historic Bethlehem Museum's Display of Hair Art 

in Bethlehem, PA.