By General Crafts Contributor Michelle
Create some trendy feather earrings from leather–keep them for yourself, or make them to give as a pretty gift.
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:
- REALEATHER by Silver Creek Leather Trim
- Fiskars Scissor 8″ Softgrip Bent
- Embroidery Floss
- Embroidery Needles
- Beadalon Jump Rings 6 mm Silver 50 pc.
- Beadalon Ear Wires Dapped & Spring Nickel Free Silver Plated 24 pc.
- Cousin Needle Nose Plier with Cutter
To begin, cut a feather shape from your piece of leather–a long, teardrop shape. Use the first feather you cut as a pattern to cut your second feather. I just held my first feather against the leather, and cut around the edge using it as a pattern. You can also use a pencil to lightly trace your first feather onto the leather as well.
Begin cutting the fringe into the edge of the feather by splitting the bottom end point in half. How deep you make your cuts is up to you, and will depend on the size of the feathers you made.
Continue cutting the fringe into the edge of the feather. Make your cuts using an upward curving motion, so the bottom of each fringe has a little point on the end, rather than just making straight slices into the edge.
Cut fringe into both sides of the feather.
Thread your needle with some embroidery floss, and create a row of stitches down the middle of your feather–I used a chain stich. Start your stitching approximately 1/4-inch down from the top of your feather, as you need to leave room to attach your jump ring.
Use your needle to poke a hole into the top of your feather, and use your pliers to insert the jump ring.
Before closing your jump ring, slip an earring wire onto the ring, and the use your pliers to close the ring.
These earrings are fun to customize–you can create all different sizes, and shapes of feathers, vary the size, and depth of your fringe, and change up the colors, and decorative stitches you make down the middle of the feather.