Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Peacock Earring Tutorial


I can't go anywhere without seeing a pair of feather earrings. They seem to be really hot right now so I decided to whip up a pair. They are a very simple peacock feather pair, you should be able to get most of the supplies in your local craft store.

Supplies:
4 peacock eye feathers
Scissors
Hot Glue
1 Set of Wire Earring Hooks
2 Fold Over Crimp Ends
2 Jump Rings
Small Pliers (used for jewelry and delicate work)
  1. Take 2 of your peacock feathers and trim the wispy eyelash like ends off of the rounded top and cut off the stem about an inch below the “eye” (see fig. 1).

  2. Trim the two remaining feathers similar to the others, except you will be cropping closer to the eye, see fig. 3 for a reference.

  3. Use the glue gun and add a bead of glue down the spine of one of the trimmed eye only feathers. Glue this feather on top of one of the larger feathers (see fig. 3). Repeat this step with second set of feathers

  4. Place a small bit of glue to the very tip of the feather cluster on the front side and glue a fold over crimp bead to it. Make sure the font of the crimp bead is towards the front of the feathers.

    Note: This will not hold the feather in place, however it will help to steady the feather when you are closing the crimp ends.

  5. Using the pliers, fold down the crimp ends so they tightly fit the feathers. Repeat this step with the second set of feathers.

  6. Using the jump rings, attach the feather cluster to the earring wire.