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From Dead Horse Tails to Live Human Heads: Some Jobs You Just Have to Decline

Two jewelers tell of the jobs they’ve turned down.

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  • A woman walked into the studio carrying a dead horse’s tail. “My mom’s horse died, and I want to make a bracelet for her.” I explained we are metalsmiths, and the tail was hair. She answered, “I know, I need a bracelet.” Deep sigh. — Jo Goralski, The Jewelry Mechanic, Oconomowoc, WI
  • A customer asked me to solder a chain clasp closed while she was wearing it so she could never take it off. Offered to wear a wet towel on her head so she didn’t “catch on fire”… We politely declined the job. — Christine Graichen, Malloves Jewelers, Middletown, CT

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