EDIT: I'm reuploading this because I completely redid the strap on the goshawk one. I really didn't like how sloppy the simple strap looked, so I spent several hours last night teaching myself how to braid strap and do terminal knots. Terminal knots are a pain in the butt to learn! But very worth it Now that I'm happy with the strap, I'm making it available.
I couldn't resist making more leather feather bracelets! Some of these I made specifically for the RAWards show yesterday. I have a couple others, which I ran out of time to photograph, so for now these are the ones I'm uploading.
Clockwise from top left: Barn Owl, Magpie tail, Northern Goshawk tail, and Blue Jay. The goshawk has a leather cuff, and the blue jay has a sterling silver chain :0 I'm trying to use more non-allergic materials, such as leather cuffs and sterling. Sterling is more expensive, but so pretty
I forgot to upload this one somehow! This is a different take on the leather feather bracelets, with three small feathers instead of a solid leather cuff. This bracelet can be worn either loose or tight, with one feather dangling. The chain is sterling silver, and the wrapped wire is silver-coated. I'm going to try to make more like this, using other 'small' feathers :3
Available in my Etsy shop! (also you can see photos of how it hangs on the wrist at the link) - [link]
I got the idea for this pendant one day, while neck-deep in commissions and it took all my willpower not to just drop everything and work on it! Who doesn't love the pointed beauty of falcon wings? So sleek, so aerodynamic, I could go on and on about how awesome falcons are, but I sadly don't have enough time to do so.
Hand-carved from 7-oz (bottom layer) and 3-oz (top layer) leather, and painted with acrylics. It comes with a gunmetal chain, decorated with various stone, metal and glass beads. This necklace hangs well high or low, and has a lobster clasp so it's adjustable.
I made two falcon wings...this one is a peregrine, and the next one is a certain white species...
A leather wing pendant commission for =mydigitalmind of a male (yes, male - unusual with the brown!) American Kestrel's wings and tail feather. This pendant is hand-carved and shaped from 7 and 3-oz leather and hand-painted with acrylics. The chain is sterling silver.
I received a request for a pair of leather feather earrings, and after making a couple of pairs, discovered that they're really fun to make! For some reason, I LOVE working small. It feels like more of an accomplishment when I finish something tiny :3
The barn owl feathers are only 1.5 inches, and the phoenix feathers are only an inch! If you're interested, both sets are available: Barn Owl: [link] Phoenix: [link]
I can do custom earrings, too, if anyone is interested. They are $15 plus shipping.
After attending the New York State Falconry Association meet last week, I had the awesome experience of meeting several Harris' Hawks and realized how COOL they are. Seriously, Harris' Hawks are awesome. They have gorgeous plumage and an interesting personality (including screaming angrily at any creature they deem suspicious). After returning, I was inspired to create a pendant based on these beautiful birds.
This pendant is a little bit smaller than my other wing pendants, mostly because I find that the bigger, bulkier pendants don't sit as well on the neck. The wings at the widest point are about 3.5 inches, and the dangling tail feather is 2.25 inches. It's hand-carved and shaped from 7-oz. leather (bottom layer) and 4-oz leather (top layer and dangling feather). The chain is a 'gunmetal' chain, though I may also make sterling chain pendants if there's interest!
This is available in my Etsy shop - [link] Sold! But I can make more! If interested let me know :3
An idea I suddenly had one day while working on a mask and cutting out countless leather feathers - what if I made pendants out of the feathers, and painted them like actual raptor feathers?
Here are two feathers, mostly experiments to figure out how I'll make the rest. One features waxed thread wrapping and a leather bead, and the other features wire wrapping. I'm terrible at wire wrapping, and I think I just need practice! If anyone has some good tutorials, I'd love to see them.
Actual raptor feathers are illegal to own in the United States, which gave me the idea to make leather feathers These are much sturdier than real feathers (and legal to own!). These feathers are painted front and back, and come with a length of brown suede lace. These are designed as pendants, but they can be used to decorate anything! Hair, bags, walls, whatever!
These are each available for sale in my Etsy shop!
Red-Tail - [link] (Sold!) Barn Owl- [link] (Sold!) Edit - Wow those went fast! I'll just have to make more
I can also make leather feathers from ANY bird, real or imaginary! Want a gryphon feather, let me know!