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After figuring out the first method, I decided to try a slightly different approach; here are the instructions.

In this method, you start wrapping the feather close to point on the shaft where the fluffy part of the feather is, wrap wire up to the end of the shaft, form the hanging loop, and then wrap a little bit of wire back down the shaft to secure the end of the loop.

I prefer the first method. It seems simpler and I liked the appearance of the wrapping better.

Step 1: Gather Tools and Materials

You will need:

- feather
- 26 gauge wire - your local craft supply store should carry this
- wire cutters
- round-nose pliers
- flat-nose or chain-nose pliers (I used chain-nose)

A note about pliers:

Really, you could do this all with a single pair of needle-nose pliers, the kind you get at a hardware store. You won’t be able to get perfectly round loops, but if you don’t mind the look of a square-ish loop, go for it (I don’t have photos of this). You could also form the loops by wrapping the wire around a thin stick, like a bamboo skewer; the pliers just help hold the wire still while you wrap it.

Also: most pliers not intended for jewelery-making have ridges/serrations on their jaws. These will mar the wire, which is a look you  might like, but if not, wrap some tape (electrical, duct, whatever) over the serrated parts to protect the wire.

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