People near and dear to me really like wearing earrings that are made from feathers. I think feathers are very pretty, but so is wood. This Instructable combines two of life's pleasures into one wearable beautiful item - wooden feather earrings.
The earrings are made from laminated veneers of maple, walnut and paduk. Vector based illustrations of feathers that I found online were modified and then sent to a laser cutter. The laser cutter then cuts the earring out of the wood veneer sheet. Mount the wood to some earring hooks and Bob's your uncle.
The earrings are lightweight for their size because the veneer is so thin, of course, they are not quite as light as feathers.
Step 1: Acquire Wood Veneer
Acquire wood veneers in varieties of your choosing. Macbeath Hardwood in Berkeley sells a wide range of 1 sq. ft. veneers very cheaply at the front desk. These small pieces of veneer are perfect for small projects like this when you don't want to spend money on a whole sheet.
There are many sources of veneer online and at other local plywood and lumber retailers. The main thing to remember is to buy thin, paper-backed veneers. Try to stay away from a phenolic backed veneer since it will show more of black line on it's edge.