Monday, November 2, 2009

And the feathers were flying....

Had some fun recently with some Pheasant feathers! A lovely Etsy customer contacted me to commission a necklace that featured these beautiful orange-tipped feathers. I was intrigued by the design, and set to work. She sent 9-10 feathers for me to work with, and they were all just gorgeous! I chose 7 of them to mount onto the necklace, and she'll have the rest to use as replacements if the original ones are damaged in any way. What a fun project!


The front part of the necklace has a chain that features antique gold finish leaves, and chain. a center piece of chain also runs across the front. The sides of the necklace are hand-wired with round onyx beads and matching chain links. The wire used for mounting the feathers is Artistic wire, in a bronze finish. I completed the set with earrings that are descending clusters of onyx, hung on short pieces of the leaf chain that stretches across the middle of the front of the necklace. Since the necklace is a long 32", I skipped the clasp.

6 comments:

WonderfulWire said...

Beautiful job!! Thanks for showing the way you attached the feathers (wire)... I've always wanted to do something with the odd Blue-jay or Egret feather that I find... now I know how to make it work! :)

Hot Rocks said...

Fabulous...as is all of your amazing designs!

storybeader said...

great job of attaching the feathers! good idea for the back-up! congrats. on the commission!

Laura said...

Thanks for the compliments! :)

ocelot_eyes said...

This is wild and simply stunning!!
I'm sure your customer was delighted with it.

Valerie A. Heck said...

The use of feathers is wonderful! I just posted an image of a feather I made out of silver. http://valerieaheck.blogspot.com/2009/12/my-studio-is-slowly-coming-together.html