I'm guessing that I'm not the only one here whose read the Heralds of Valdemar series at some point or other. In the books theres a group of people called the Taleydras (sp?), who wear these beaded feathers in their hair. So, I started making these back in highschool, and found that their a really effective meditation exercise. I can't even estimate how many assult charges have been avoided with these. I usually make 1 or 1/2 per sitting. their just feathers I found and disinfected, decorated with really thin wire, stuck through the barbs of the feather, with beads. enjoy!