A few days ago my brother presented me with a challenge. He found these two beautiful peacock feathers in the yard of a friend and asked me to make them in to earrings that he could give as a Christmas gift. I have made quite a few pairs of earrings in the past, but none of them involved feathers. I must say that I am please with how easy these were to make! Here is a little tutorial so that you can make some too.
Here are the supplies I used:
Pictured is a crimp tool (standard size), extra beads, scissors, crimps, earring hooks and feathers. I also used a small pair of rounded pliers, but forgot to place them in the picture. If you don’t have access to feathers around your home they are available for purchase all over the internets–even dyed ones.
This is a close up of the crimps that I used. They were very easy to work with and have a place to attach the earring hooks. I found them at my local Michael’s craft store.
The first thing I did was trim the feathers a bit. This picture shows how much I was left with after the first trim.
Next, I stripped the feather pieces that I did not need from the stem. Just strip it until you are left with a width that you like. Once this was done I was able to add my beads directly to the stem of the feather. I had a bit of difficulty at first and just worked with the stem a bit using my pliers until the beads were able to fit nicely on it.
Once the beads were in place I trimmed the stem down more until only about 1/4″ was left above the beads.
Now for those crimps. Here the picture shows the crimp in place, but not secured. This is just to give you an idea of the size and how it should fit.
Just one more step!
Once the crimp is attached all there is left to do is open up the bottom of the earring hook and stick it on!
There you have it–the final product. You can trim the ends or wear them as is.
Let me know what you think! I am also more than happy to answer any additional questions.
Send a picture my way of yours. I would love to see them.