The Summer/Autumn trends include all things natural; feathers, leaves…but also an item associated with the the Native Americans: dreamcatcher.
My idea uses feathers combined with silver plated wire.
Feathers, silver plated wire- medium and fine, crimping beads, jump rings, pliers, crimping pliers, wire cutters
1. The feathers I used can be bought at a craft shop but need to be changed. I cut the fluffy bit off and left a 1 mm stub. Cut a small length of fine silver plated wire.
2. Put the crimp over the stub on the feather. Thread the bent wire through the crimp so it is on the reverse side of the feather. Leave a suitable size wire hoop and crimp the bead onto the feather. Cut the ends of the wire flush with the crimp bead.
3 & 4. Repeat for 4 complete feathers. Thread onto ear wires for a quick project OR..
5. Cut a length of medium wire. To make a circle, I wrap the wire tightly around a circular object approx the size I want the circle to be e.g. a plastic top to a bottle. Cut enough wire for two circles.
6. I added some glass seed beads to separate the feathers later on. Using pliers, bend the ends round into a spiral.
7. Cut a length of silver plated wire. Bring the two curved ends together. Wrap the wire around the two ends where they touch.
8. The fun part the spider-like web. I created a very simple and quick design but the possibilities go on. Perhaps, threading seed beads onto the fine wire as I did in the heart pendant on AB Designs– Etsy.
9. Using jump rings, add the feathers and the ear wires to complete the earrings.
10. The finished pair!
A fashionable project that took less than an hour.