DIY Leather Feather Earrings

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Introduction: DIY Leather Feather Earrings

Channel your inner boho goddess with this music festival inspired DIY!

Step 1: Assemble Project Materials

- a piece or pieces of thin leather

- an earring kit with ear hooks and jump rings

- gold leaf kit

- 1″ paintbrush

- sharp fabric scissors

- thick sewing needle

- thin pliers or tweezers

Step 2: Trace Feathers

To begin, create a template for your feathers out of thick paper or cardboard. Mine was approximately 3″ long and 1 1/4″ wide but you can make it as large or small as you’d like your earrings to be. Trace the template onto the back of your piece(s) of leather and cut out your feathers.

Step 3: Apply Gold Foil

Once you have fashioned your feathers, apply gold foil to to them using foil adhesive and a brush. Use a light hand, you don’t need much adhesive! I applied my adhesive and foil haphazardly, as I wanted a less constructed look.

Step 4: Feather Leather & Attach Jump Rings

After the foil has dried take a sharp pair of scissors and cut along the edges of your earrings to create the appearance of feathers. Your cuts can be as deep or shallow as you’d like, it is totally based on preference. I started with really shallow cuts and increased their depth once I was comfortable with the process.

Punch a hole in the earrings where you want to attach your jump rings with a thick sewing needle or other sharp device. Open your jump rings with thin pliers or tweezers and insert them into the holes you’ve made in the leather. Connect the ear drops to the rings, close the jump rings and you’re done!

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    These are lovely. I've been wanting to play around with gilding on leather, how well has the gold leaf held up to wear and tear?

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    They're holding up so far! I went for a more deconstructed look with this pair so they likely won't show much wear and tear.

    people asked where i got them, i said i made them, they asked how, i said go to instructables.com!