Additional instructions for 1/2" or 1/4" mini-dreamcacthers on step 12.
Step 1: What you need
-Yarn and string, the same or contrasting colors
-a ruler or tape measure, preferably for sewing
-scissors, preferably sewing scissors
-The little plastic ring that is around the neck of a screw-on milk bottle. (you get this off by prying thte left, then the right sides until it comes off. It WILL ruin your nail polish!)
-Beads of the same or contrasting color to the rest of your supplies
-A sharpie (fine-point for a speckled look, regular or thick point for a soft look)
-Feathers, three down feathers, taken from a pillow or coat. Please use feathers from a pillow or coat that you own. I don't think you want to be in jail for stealing down feathers from department store coats. Try to have the feathers be big, full, and fluffy, and all the same size. You are going to color them with sharpies, so you will need
-a plastic bag to work on. You will not be happy (and neither will your wife/mother) if it gets on your rug.
Step 2: Cut lengths
Step 3: Knot
Step 4: Wrap
Step 5: Tie off and loop
Cut off the ends.
Step 7: Weaving
DO NOT CUT THE END WHEN YOU'RE DONE!
Step 8: Feather attachments
Attach two (or one) bead(s) to each strand, as shown, and fasten with knots.
Step 9: Center bead
Step 10: Feathers
Next insert the feathers into the six (or three, whichever you decided) beads that are attached to the strands that are tied onto the frame. *Pant pant* Every feather has two ends: The end that was attached to the bird and the one that was not. Push the end that was attached to the bird up through the beads, so that the beads are holding the feather onto the strings. (See figure.)
Step 11: Ta-da!!!
Step 12: Varieties
A really nice effect that I've found is to color stripes on the feathers. This comes across very nicely.'
Step 13: Hints & tips for Mini Dreamcatchers
Read through normal-sized-dreamcatcher directions, and then work with this step to make little 1/2" (or smaller) dreamcatchers.
-Paperclip or jump ring - With the paperclip you'll want wirecutters, but you can make non-circle shapes, like hearts
-Thread or floss
-Feathers/beads (I got my feathers from my down comforter)
Get your dreamcatcher frame ready. If you're using a paperclip, bend it to the shape you want and cut the excess off with wirecutters.
Thread a needle with your string. It makes the wrapping easier. Just don't stab yourself.
If you're working really small, keep a little superglue on hand. Tie off beginnings/ends with simple single-knots and just dab a bit of glue (via paperclip or toothpick) on the beginnings/ends of the thread to keep things together.
With a few feet of thread, you can easily wrap the ring/frame, and do the internal webbing all in one go. Then you only have one beginning and end to take care of. This does make the excess string at the beginning of your wrapping kinda irritating to work with, as a trade-off.
When you're done with the webbing, you can tie some feathers or beads on.
The problem I've found is that the string is too stiff when it's only 1/2" long, so the feathers stick out a little awkwardly, but I haven't found a way around that. (Really, even with normal sewing thread, 1/2" is pretty rigid when holding a feather.)
SugarTeen52 suggests that you just shorten the length of the string so that the rigidity is obscured by the smaller size.
In any case, you may have to re-tie the pieces several times to get them to stick out at an angle that looks most natural.
Or you can superglue the feathers directly to the dreamcatcher.
If you want, stick this on an earring! They're tiny and light, especially if you used aluminum for the ring/frame. I might not try this as a charm, though, as it is pretty delicate.
Any confused questions about mini-dreamcatchers should be directed to me (Ryzellon), but overall comments and questions to the original author, SugarTeen52.