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Peacock Queen Necklace

About this design:

One day, I woke up really wanting to resin a feather, specifically a peacock feather. Once I had that part figured out all I needed to do was find complementary pieces. I chose the African Brass beads because they have great grooves to color with Gilders Paste and the style and shimmer reminded me of the peacock feather. Also, the holes for stringing are large enough for leather. The leather colors I picked are a metallic leather cord and a green leather lacing. I had the metallic cord, which I absolutely love, left over from another project. It matches the style and colors of the feather perfectly.

What you’ll need: (buy products below)

  • Gaea Ceramic Antique on Chocolate Round Bezel 29mm
  • Lima Studios Crystal Clear Resin
  • Lima Studios 2-part epoxy
  • 2 large African brass beads
  • 1’ Tamba leather cord 2.0mm
  • 20 Vintaj Natural Brass etched jump ring 9.5mm
  • 10.5” Vintaj Natural Brass petite etched oval cable chain
  • 1 Vintaj Natural Brass swirl clasp set
  • 1 Vintaj creative hoop
  • 2’ Mehandi leather lacing
  • Gilders Paste in: Iris Blue, African Bronze, German Silver
  • Glitter to match your feather

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
I found through much trial and error that clear packing tape is the best option when needing to cut a peacock feather for a resin bezel.
Step 2:
Use Lima Studios 2-part epoxy to secure the feather (in packing tape) to the bezel, pressing down firmly until dry. Then you can begin pouring and layering the resin.
Step 3:
Don’t be afraid to put the Gilders Paste on heavy. If you want the color to pop you need to do this, remember that you can always buff it away.
Step 4:
Bending the creative hoop outward works great for making a stiff center curve in my necklace and the holes on each end make it super easy to attach the chain.
Step 5:
Tightly wrap the leather lacing along the entire length of the creative hoop. Use a drop of glue at each end to hold in place. Don’t knot at one end until the beads are strung.
Step 6:
Use the leather cord to attach the completed peacock resin pendant to your necklace. I used a lark’s head knot.

Buy Products from this Design

Vintaj Natural Brass Etched Oval Cable Chain

Measurements: 9.5x6.5mm links

per foot

Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. K bjorvig
    K bjorvig says:

    I love it.

  2. Cuban Queen Crazy Chick
    Cuban Queen Crazy Chick says:

    What a genius idea and I love how you used the African brass pieces!! :D

  3. sunny chick
    sunny chick says:

    Ali, this is fabulous! :D

  4. FaeryGoth Chick
    FaeryGoth Chick says:

    Great job Ali!

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    littlemissbaubles says:

    I’m new to this spectrum of art and crafting.
    I might need a FEEEEEW pointers along the way if you talented ppl don’t mind! I can’t wait 2 get to meet ya ~Laura

  6. Aurika B
    Aurika B says:

    Very creative and unusual …thanks for sharing!!!!

  7. Linda Talbott
    Linda Talbott says:

    I love the resined Peacock feather. It’s beautiful. What a great idea, and the eye was a perfect for a circular holder.

  8. Buy Grace
    Buy Grace says:

    Am I just blind or what ? I’ve looked at all the info on this one multiple times and I don’t get the Ooos and Ahhhs. But we don’t all have the same taste, which is good, otherwise , life would be sooo boring.

  9. Jbeadz
    Jbeadz says:

    Nice :)

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    H baker says:

    just absolutely beautiful.

  11. Gueda
    Gueda says:

    Never used resin before so excuse the “dummy factor”. Did you leave the feather in the packing tape and pour the resin on it or did you take the packing tape off before you poured the resin over it? I think it turned out really nice – very tribal.

  12. N Taylor
    N Taylor says:

    What a lovely piece!

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    sigwing says:

    pictures are gone here, too

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    J NEILL says:

    Antique tribal look. Very creative, love it.

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    Old bitty says:

    This is gorgeous! So unique and I love the rustic flavour.

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