Hello everyone! I’m super thrilled to be here on Rachel’s blog today whilst she is enjoying some well earned time off.
I know you all love a DIY, so I thought I’d share with you a Feather Necklace DIY. You don’t really need jewellery making skills for this one – it’s great for beginners and only takes about 20 minutes to make.
Here’s what you will need:
My feathers were Marabou feathers from this eBay seller and were around 1 inch long and very soft.
I got my chain ready made with a lobster clasp and found sellers on eBay for all of the jewellery findings.
Start by dipping the ends of the feather in the glue (you will only need a small amount). Then push a couple of feathers into each bail. Be sure to only get glue on the end of the feather or else you will end up in a sticky mess!
Complete 7 bails with two feathers in each. Next, using your round nose pliers, add a jump ring to each bail end. The lovely Bead It and Weep blog has a great picture tutorial for adding a jump ring. Once you have done a couple you will find it easy I’m sure!
Then find the centre of your chain and add your first feather bail attaching the jump ring through one of the loops of the chain. This will mean the feather bail is fixed and will not slide up and down the chain.
Count the chain links in between your feathers so they are evenly spaced as you continue to add them through the links of the chain. I counted 10 chain links between each feather bail, but you can vary this as much as you like.
Once you have attached all 7 bails and you are sure they are even, close your jump rings using the pliers to secure them to the chain.
When you hang the chain around your neck, the feathers will naturally drop down into an elongated shape.
And that’s it! Your necklace is ready to wear! You could even add pearls on chains in between the feathers for some more detail. A perfect necklace for the festival season I think!
* thank you lovely Claire for sharing such a sweet tutorial! This would also be super awesome with a Summer festival twist using all different natural feathers or varying patterns and lengths! You can follow Claire on Twitter here.