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Woodland Gypsy Earrings

About this design:

I wanted to make a pair of earrings that looked like they were a part of the woods. The greens, gold and rust colors really make it work. Now looking at these earrings, I realize that I should have woven the feathers opposite each other. Oops :)

For more detail on how I did certain parts on the necklace, see the instructions below.

What you’ll need: (buy products below)

  • 2 4” lengths of peacock hand dyed silk ribbon 7/16”
  • 2 3” lengths of antique brass (plated) drawn chain 4x2mm links
  • 2 Brass Gypsy Hoop Blank 38x42mm
  • Gilders Paste in Rust, German Silver, African Bronze, Patina
  • 1 pair of feathers from Mother Nature’s Palette package
  • The checkered side of a texturing hammer
  • 1 pair of antique brass (plated) leverbacks

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
I used a 2-hole punch to make the 4 holes that the feather weaves through. I recommend after you punch the first blank’s holes you overlay and mark where to punch the second blank. Gilder’s paste can give you a lot of different effects based on how you apply. To get this effect I applied my 4 colors of Gilders Paste by tapping my finger on the already textured blank and buffed very lightly. I also applied a thin layer of the German Silver Gilders Paste to the back side of the blank.
Step 2:
Take one of the feathers, start at the end and weave the feather through the holes punched in the blank.
Step 3:
Once the feather has been woven through the blank, wrap your ribbon around the end of the feather to secure and cover. I wrapped it around 3 times then knotted. Make a knot at each end of the chain and lay over the knot of ribbon. Tie the ribbon in a knot over the chain and trim the chain.

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    Judith Ann Boyer says:

    How adorable!! You are very talented Ali! Love these!! :)

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    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Ali These are adorable!

  3. CAS
    CAS says:

    These are so COOL!! I’ve been hearing lately about the new fad of having feathers woven into your hair for something like $40+ per feather … you’ve managed to invoke the look without the cost I’m sure …WICKED WILD AND SUPER COOL!!

  4. Orchid Betty
    Orchid Betty says:

    Gorgeous and original pair of earring!

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    Cotopaxi Chickie Sue says:

    These are most awesome, Ali! I totally love the woodland look!

  6. Linda Talbott
    Linda Talbott says:

    These earrings are so lovely … wonderfully earthy too.

  7. Cuban Queen Crazy Chick
    Cuban Queen Crazy Chick says:

    Oh WOW, I am so in love with these!!! 8O

  8. MoonBell
    MoonBell says:

    Very cool… love the gilder’s paste.

  9. sunny chick
    sunny chick says:

    Gorgeous! Thanks for the step-by-step instructions. :D

  10. Lyric Chick aka Bev
    Lyric Chick aka Bev says:

    Absolutely Heavenly, Ali! Reminds me of my youth (all the chic young hipsters wore feathers in our hair, aka Steven Tyler). Your work is always so very creative! Love it when you have a new post.

  11. Aurika B
    Aurika B says:

    Just georgeous!!!!

  12. delewis10
    delewis10 says:

    These r very pretty!! Thanks for the step by step.

  13. MissElaineous
    MissElaineous says:

    I LOVE these earrings. How clever are you?

  14. Jean  C
    Jean C says:

    Cute – I Really like them!

  15. N Taylor
    N Taylor says:

    This looks super fun.

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