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Plucky Feather Earrings

Feb 11, 2010
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Designer: Melody MacDuffee
Published: February 12, 2010
Technique: Stringing and Wirework

Originally published in Beadwork June/July 2004


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rlezoo wrote
on Feb 12, 2010 5:36 PM

I absolutely love these earrings, but what type of feathers did she use?  We have to be very careful in California because even if we find feathers on the ground and they find them to be of wild origin there is a hefty fine and possible jail time.

I used to raise chickens and our Rhode Island Reds had similar feathers.  I never thought of earrings when I raised chickens, but there are several varieties that are absolutely gorgeous.  Some fly fishermen use them for their very expensive flys.

VickiT@15 wrote
on Feb 12, 2010 5:59 PM

I love these earrings.  The great thing about making them is that I have a cockatiel and have been saving his feathers every time he moults.  I am going to use his feathers.  How cool!

Devonviolet wrote
on Feb 12, 2010 11:38 PM

These earrings are gorgeous!  However, a bit large for my taste. I have had a bag of chicken feathers, I wanted to use for jewelry, but wasn't quite sure how to attach them.  Hooking a wire, around the end, of the bead and gluing the feather into the hole of the bead is genius!  Now, I am finally designing a pair of earrings, in my mind, and can finally put my chicken feathers to use.  Thanks Melody, for helping me figure out how to incorporate the feathers into my designs.

cocoisa wrote
on Feb 14, 2010 2:16 PM

Hola: Bellisimos los aretes son muy elegantes

Muchas gracias.

Maria@161 wrote
on Feb 15, 2010 5:56 AM

Parabens!!!!  brincos belissimos.

tita131 wrote
on Feb 15, 2010 1:07 PM

These earrings are so gorgeous they literally made me ache!  I must make them!

on Feb 15, 2010 8:49 PM

A feather was so cool. Thank you.

- In the Republic of Korea

lindywil wrote
on Oct 18, 2010 2:12 PM

You are right to be concerned about what type of feathers they are. Due to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, all feathers, eggs, and nests of native birds are off limits to the general public. Native Americans are allowed to use them in their ceremonies and you can apply for a permit to posess feathers,eggs or nests for an educational display. Even if you find a bluejay, crow,  or goldfinch feather,I believe it is the same fine and federal offense as possessing a bald eagle feather. Non-native birds like starlings, sparrows, pigeons and parrots are not included.   There are many beautiful chicken feathers, parrot feathers, and other domestic bird feathers that are fine to use. They made the law to protect birds from becoming extinct  from overharvesting them for profit.

lindywil wrote
on Oct 18, 2010 2:16 PM

You are right to be concerned about what type of feathers they are. Due to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, all feathers, eggs, and nests of native birds are off limits to the general public. Native Americans are allowed to use them in their ceremonies and you can apply for a permit to posess feathers,eggs or nests for an educational display. Even if you find a bluejay, crow, or goldfinch feather,I believe it is the same fine and federal offense as owning a bald eagle feather. Non-native birds like starlings, sparrows, pigeons and parrots are not included. There are many beautiful chicken feathers, parrot feathers, and other domestic bird feathers that are fine to use. They made the law to protect birds from becoming extinct from overharvesting them for profit.