Lifelike manes and tails can be added to any model with Mohair and other natural fibers. You can dye lighter colors with RIT dye.
All mohair is sold by the 1-foot hank (approx 6.5grams, fiber length is 3-6", depending on type of fiber).
1 foot is enough to hair most traditional sized models, however if your project requires a really long mane and tail, we recommend 2 ft to be sure you have enough of the longest fibers. Alpaca fibers tend to run a little shorter in length.
|ROSE GOLD FLAXEN||MH1-rg||$1.00|
|CREAMY WHITE MOHAIR||MH2-cw||$3.00|
|MIXED HONEY MOHAIR||MH2-h||$2.75|
Discontinued, but still available
|ICELANDIC GREY WOOL|
Mohair is a silky natural fiber obtained from the Angora Goat. It is sheared from the goat, cleaned, carded and made into "top" which is no more than a long, loose rope of hair. Once cleaned and topped, the mohair can be dyed to suit.
The silky, fine texture and slightly wavy curl of mohair make it an excellent choice for model horses. While natural horsehair would seem to be the obvious choice here, in reality horsehair is far too coarse to be used acceptably to add haired manes and tails to scale models.
Icelandic Grey Wool SOLD OUTis a very soft, fine wool fiber from (you guessed it) Iceland. Unlike coarser wools that are thick and scratchy, this grey wool is extremely soft and refined. The mixed grey coloring contains shades from black to white. This wool has a lovely texture, and the color is idea for many grey horses. Don't let the term 'wool' fool you!
Alpaca comes from South America and is a finer fiber than mohair, although it is rather similar. Alpaca is softer, but not quite as silky as mohair. Like wool it does have a bit of a 'crimp' to it, but very slight. Alpaca is well suited to smaller scale models as well as feathering on lower legs.
Ramie SOLD OUT is a vegetable-based fiber that is finer than mohair. Its color is bright white (whiter than mohair). Ramie is a good choice where ultra white hair on a model is desirable. It should be noted though, that ramie fibers are somewhat weaker in structure than mohair, and may be prone to 'flyaway' hair as well as breakage of the fibers if not handled and cared for carefully.