DIY Feather Earrings





Introduction: DIY Feather Earrings

About: I LOVE knots. As well as other things. I post random 'Ibles not even related to knots. Sorry if there's a delay of when I post my instructables.

Have you ever wanted some nice feather earrings, but didn't because of those pesky prices?
Well here you go, make some nice earrings and post in comments!

Step 1: What You Need

1- Feathers, I used a duck from last season, don't give me crap. You can use feathers you bought from Walmart, Ebay, etc.
2- Wire, you should probably use thinner wire than me, It doesn't matter though. I used 18 gauge,
3- Earring like this.
4- Tools- Tin snips, Pliers, Some cutting utensil, (If you use a bird), Vice, hammer.
5- Glue.

Step 2: Cut and Bend.

Cut about 2-3 inches of wire
straighten it out.
Grab end with pliers and bend, try to make the little loop small.
I had regular pliers, so I found that putting it in a vice and hammering it was easier.
Put the earring in the little loop and tighten with pliers.
Look at last picture for info.

Step 3: Glue

Line up with middle of feather and take the cut off piece of wire, then, glue the wire to the feather.
Wait to dry.

Step 4: Done




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    Did you know that in the US while it is perfectly legal to posess wild game feathers if you have legally hunted them, it is ILLEGAL to sell them? It is also illegal to posess or sell wild songbird feathers, even if they are not on the endangered or protected species list. Importing / buying many types of feathers from sellers outside of the USA requires a special license and is also illegal without that license.

    odd, at least to my way of thinking... but I ran into this when trying to buy a lot of feathers for a costume several years back.

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    The reasoning behind this law is that several decades ago, women who were fashionable wore super extravagant hats which were often adorned with feathers. As a result, bird hunting soared to the point that this law was put in place to protect what birds remained. Even now, however, it is legal to sell feather from domesticated or farmed birds, including chickens, ducks, turkeys, peacocks, quail, grouse, pheasant, guinea hen, and geese, as well as pets birds such as budgies and parrots.

    And that was my Utah legally killed pintail.

    I had noted you said you used one of your kills laying around... was more trying to inform the rest of the people reading this that as silly as it seems feathers are a hard to (legally) come by commodity here in the US. Wasn't trying to accuse you of anything!

    You can easily find feathers, walmart has some. I'm sorry, I just wanted to share something I did.
    Check this diy feather earrings tutorial

    These are nice feathers, and their LEGAL!

    This is great! Much simpler than most instructions for feather earrings! Thanks!

    Probably should clean them before using, too...

    I've never even thought about selling these, I just made them for my wife.