I was on a 6-month Craftster hiatus (busy with work), and the only thing I missed more than Swaps were the CHALLENGES! So, here I am, back with another fun tutorial:
TIN FEATHER EARRINGS that you can make in 10 minutes, with stuff you probably already have, and which won't give you any SCRATCHIES
because the "tin tape" is backed with soft vinyl
Plus, they are suitable for vegans, or others who do not use feathers due to allergy or preference!
Here's a close-up of what the finished earrings will look like:
And here's what you will need to make these earrings:
--"Tin Tape" (I used ShurTape brand)
--a scrap of faux leather or upholstery vinyl
--scrap paper for template
marker for marking the tin tape
--two earring wires
First, coat one side, and then the other, of your vinyl with a long strip of tin tape. Make sure the tape lines up on both sides (ie: you have evenly coated front and back with tin tape):
Next, using a paper template you have created, and a dry erase marker, trace off two "feathers" onto the tin-tape-coated vinyl. If your feather is asymmetrical, be sure to flip template to get "mirror-facing" earrings:
Once the earrings are cut out, draw a center line down each with the dry erase marker, to give yourself a guideline when cutting the "fringe" of the feathers:
Begin cutting in from the edge TOWARD the center line (NOT thru it) on an angle...the spacing and angle of your cuts are largely a matter of personal preference...do NOT cut all the way TO center line...leave a thick "rib" down the middle, like a feather would have, for stability:
Once you've cut in from both sides of both feathers, use your finger or a tissue to wipe away the dry erase marker guidelines. Then, poke small holes at the top of each earring with a pin, and thread an earring wire through:
You will notice that these earrings are SUPER LIGHT, quick and cheap to make, they catch the light beautifully, and NOT SCRATCHY (somehow, the vinyl backing makes for a nice rounded tip on each fringe, even though BOTH sides are tin tape)....
I made my quite large, but you could really do any size you like:
YAY for awkward, unflattering selfies!
INSPIRATION DISCLOSURE: Though this project is completely my own design, I DO think I got some inspiration from a crafting book I read a couple years ago, The Big Ass Book of Crafts
by Mark Montano...
In that book, he uses HUGE sheet of metal, and strong tin-snips, to create large "feathers" to decorate your home in vases, etc. His feathers were just made of jagged metal, and so could never be used for jewelry, but nonetheless, I am sure his project was inspiring my subconscious mind when I created these earrings
His book is awesome, and can be found here: http://www.amazon.com/Big-Ass-Book-Crafts-Mark-Montano/dp/1416937854