Tuesday, March 20, 2012

faux feathers necklace

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I can't seem to get enough of feathers lately- they are the perfect subject matter for all kinds of creative projects and they happen to be all the rage in fashion. So I decided to put my twist on a feather necklace, creating my own unique feathers.


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1. I started with a simple sketch of a feather drawn onto fabric. I filled in the feather with Tulip Soft Fabric Paints- they are very versatile and great to use on a variety of fabric surfaces 2. I continued to fill in the feather with colorful details.

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3. When the paint was dry, I used a permanent marker to add additional details. 4. When I was satisfied with the feather I cut it out.

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Next, I created two more feathers in different colors and sizes.

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I stacked the feathers on top of each other

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and I used an awl to poke tiny holes in all three of the feathers and inserted a jump ring.

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Just for a little variation I added some beads and a little charm to the feather and the last step was to put everything on a chain.

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38 comments:

Cerise said...

That is really beautiful!

Lindsey said...

Wow - these are just amazing Alisa!!

Laura@Elegant Nest said...

So pretty...and unique! Love it!

Jen @ My Own Road said...

what a great idea!!! Wow, I never thought to paint feathers - brilliant

Suz said...

This is fabulous. My favorite piece in ages!
Fondly,
Suz

Frankie said...

I love this! I'm been obsessing over birds lately. I'm on a bit of a watercolor bird spree but this made me pause to think about their feathers! Thanks.

LeighAnn said...

What a great idea! Feathers are so in style lately!

Faygie Fellig said...

you are crazy woman! and i mean that in a good way.

Ashley said...

Ummm wow!!! This is an incredible necklace. Nice work!

Lily said...

It's beautiful! I love the vibrant colors! Thanks for sharing :0)

Terrie said...

Such a creative and effective idea! It looked like the feathers were hand stitched. Great work!

Rose said...

Awesome idea! The effect is beautiful. Thanks for sharing this tutorial.

Its All About Creating said...

Stunning! I would think the fabric would make all the difference. What kind did you use? I'm thinking a canvas fabric? Thanks for sharing your art and tutorials. -Marlene

Christen said...

Super cute!

HRANDICA said...

Fantastic!Great idea with making feathers with fabric. Again very colourful.
Greetings.

Miriam said...

Wow! What a clever and cute idea!

Amy said...

amazing! i am constantly so inspired by your work. this is definitely something that is moving me today!

Teddi said...

i saw these on flickr last night. i think they turned out beautifully, alisa. oh, & i like your finding your muse class. thanks again! :)

Luisa said...

These are just beautiful!

" me " said...

what a good idea ! and so beautiful !

Misty said...

Even my ten year old son said "That's pretty!" and he is not a girly boy!! Beautiful.

Jessica Snellings said...

So fun and beautiful! Now...I need to learn to draw feathers.

Mommy Gray said...

So stinkin' cool. You should sell these--I would buy one--right now. Love it!

Deb Prewitt said...

Those feathers turned out gorgeous. I love it. what type of fabric did you start with?

BeadsAndBarnacles said...

Gorgeous.Such a lovely pop of colour and you dont have to worry about them shedding little bits like real feathers.

Plami said...

This necklace is so beautiful! You did an amazing job <3

XoXo
Plami

http://www.fashionthrill.com/

Natalie said...

*SO* cool. I'm going to blog about this!

Anonymous said...

Fabulous! How do you make them stiff?
Love your work :)

Scratch Pad Books said...

really beautiful...did u paint the other side?

Sherry said...

Such a great idea... The fabric looks like canvas but I think I could gesso duck canvas and get a good weight. I can't wait to try something like this! I am always wanting to paint on my fabric when I sew, now I must.

Liberty said...

Fantastic !

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Velvet Pixie said...

I love this! So creative!

KathyB said...

How beautiful in shape and color! These feathers are fresh and delightful. ... it reminds me to consider putting the occasional 'cut out' shape on my artwork. Thanks for sharing that marvelous thought. You can check out my stuff @ kbartdesigns.com, and see what I do with the very smallest scraps.

Shauna said...

Love, love, love what you did! Gorgeous!

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Emily Mae said...

I love these! I have some gold fabric paint that I would love to turn into an awesome feather necklace or earrings!

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