Monday, August 15, 2011

[DIY] hide your feathers on the back porch, baby

Feathers are EVERYWHERE right now. They decorate sweaters, skirts, and jewelry, and even act as hair extensions. The best part? You can DIY them into anything, including these earrings!

 What You Will Need:
Earring Posts
Fine-gauged Wire
Wire Cutters
Jewelry-making Pliers
Step 1:
Cut two lengths of chain about 6 inches long (You can make your chain longer or shorter, depending on how long you want your earrings to hang). Fold them in half, off-set, so that each half is a different length, but make sure both chains are folded the same.

Step 2:
Open a jump ring and hook it to the chain link at the peak of each fold, also adding an earring post.

 Step 3:
Cut four lengths of wire about 1.5 to 2 inches long each. Using pliers, bend the wire at about 3/4 of an inch in and twist a small loop into the wire.

Step 4:
Match the end of a feather with the short side of one of the wire loops. Wrap the long end of the wire around the feather and short wire in a tight coil, binding the feather to the wire loop. Repeat for each of the 4 wire loops to make four feather "charms".

Step 5:
Open four jump rings and use them to link each of the chain ends on your earrings to one of the feather charms you just created.

...and Voila! You just made your very own feather earrings!

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