There’s something about peacock feathers that’s just too beautiful to believe. They contain a colour combination and pattern that’s instantly recognisable as one of nature’s finest creations. It’s this attractive combination that makes peacock jewellery a really beguiling option.
Cheap to buy, peacock feathers are easy to work with, allowing you to go wild with creativity. We’ve started with a simple look for these peacock feather earrings, embellished with a few beads, but you can layer up your feathers or, for the instant wow factor, make the earrings reach the shoulder!
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To make these peacock feather earrings you will need:
- Two peacock feathers
- Two copper end caps with 2mm internal diameter
- Six gold-plated headpins
- Six Swarovski crystal iridescent green pearls 4mm
- Seed beads, size 11, silver-lined blue green, matt turquoise
- 6cm (2½in) length of fine gold-plated chain
- Two gold-plated jump rings
- Two gold-plated fish hook earring wires
- Jewellery tools
How to make peacock feather earrings
5 x 8cm (2 x 3in)
To make your peacock earrings, choose two peacock feathers that are of similar size and with similar-looking eyes. Trim the longer strands (these are called plumules) from the feather going along a ‘natural’ line below the eye. Trim the second feather to match.
Cut across the feather above the eye leaving a teardrop shape for the earring. Trim the quill of the feather at the back to make it thin enough to fit into the end cap. Apply a drop of superglue and attach the end cap with the ring facing forwards.
On three headpins, pick up a turquoise seed bead, silver-lined seed bead, pearl, silver-lined seed bead and another turquoise seed bead. Bend the headpin wire at right angles directly above the end bead. Trim to 7mm and then use round-nose pliers to form a loop.
Cut two 3cm (1¼in) lengths of chain. Open each bead dangle loop in turn and attach one to the end of the chain, one halfway down and one on the opposite side, three links from the top. Repeat to prepare the second chain with bead dangles on opposite sides.
Use a pair of snipe-nose or flat-nose pliers to turn the loop at the bottom of the earring findings so that it is facing towards the hook rather than on the same plane as the hook. Repeat for the second earring wire.
Open a jump ring using two pairs of pliers and pick up the bead dangle on the last link. Add the feather with the eye facing the beads. Add the earring wire with the hook facing backwards. Close jump ring. Repeat for the second peacock feather earring. Congratulations – you have made some beautiful peacock feather earrings!