Friday, July 15, 2011

Cat Fur Jewelry for Feline Lovers

By on Friday, July 15, 2011 6 Comments

Images by Kate Benjamin
You may have come across products made from pet dog hair before but feline fur jewelry?  Why not?  A couple of highly creative artisans have been making good use of what would have been dust bunnies.

I first came across cat fur jewelry on Kate Benjamin's delightful blog called Modern Cat.

I never knew until I read her blog post that there is such an occasion as National Hairball Awareness day!  Instead of yucky hairballs coughed up by felines,  she groomed her cats in order to hand roll tight fur ball beads.

Her friend and jewelry artisan, Heidi Abrahamson,  then created the jewelry for this dedicated cat lover! She will also do custom work for anyone else who would rather wear their favorite pet's fur rather than sweep up the cat hair dust bunnies!

Images by Kate Benjamin
Flora Davis arrived at her inspirational designs via her 3-year old male flame point purebred Ragamuffin cat. Gaia has long white fur tinged with orange.  He is a serious shedder so Flora has to groom him a lot. She initially made soft round fur balls as cat toys.  Shown below is Gaia with his fur ball toys and modelling his slave's owner's necklace. It has garnered many compliments!


The white fur balls resembled beautiful pearls so much that before long, Flora added cat hair jewelry to her Etsy store!  Her clever way with wire really showcase the felted fur balls well as shown by her designs below. It takes her months of grooming to get enough hair for a necklace. 

Flora told me  NPR radio did a feature on her work earlier this month which included this delightful limerick :

"My customers let out a fat purr. 
Your lady will know where it's at, sir. 
I think feline remnants 
Do make lovely pendants
It's jewelry made out fur "

Thanks Catsparella for the wonderful interview post on Flora's work!
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  1. OMG! Looks like my Russian Blue's hairballs; kind of cool but gross!

  2. What an opportunity we’ve been missing. I knew this could be done! Poor cat - wearing his own misplaced fur necklace.

    (via email)

  3. Well, I can tell you that my cats' coughed up hairballs ARE gross. But their fur on the brushes sure look far more interesting than they did before!

    Gaia seems to be pretty cool with the whole idea, Marlene!

  4. Hm, cute and novel but wonder how the "Beads" would affect someone who's allergic to cat fur ?

  5. One assumes that if you don't have cats due to allergies, you won't have the material to roll the beads either!

  6. And the best won't smell doggy when wet!