Inspiring Beading Trends: Feathers
Feathers are popping up everywhere in trendy jewelry designs. From charms and pendants to beaded motifs and more, feathers are eye-catching beading trends with deep roots in many cultures. Anytime you incorporate a feather into your designs, you’re bringing that meaning and symbolism into your jewelry.
In general, feathers often represent freedom, courage, and the spirit. Some faiths believe that a feather means an angel is near. Native Americans assign meaning to feathers from different birds: An eagle feather generally symbolizes great strength. Feather motifs make meaningful focal points and remind us to follow our hearts.
As Emily Dickinson wrote,
“Hope’ is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all…”
Free Spirit Bracelet
Use a beading loom (affiliate link) to create Lindsay Burke’s Free Spirit Bracelet and make a beaded feather cuff of your own. This trendy cuff is perfect for everyday wear. It’s easy to follow the step-by-step instructions or create color variations to suit your style. The Free Spirit Bracelet is easy to stack with other bracelets for effortless on-trend style. You won’t want to stop with one!
Plucky Feather Earrings
Take your inspiration from natural feathers with these eye-catching stunners. Melody MacDuffee’s Plucky Feather Earrings feature rich, colorful feathers from free-range chickens. You’ll use simple wirework and stringing techniques to form and assemble the chandelier structure. Or, for a simpler look, you could suspend a single bead/feather combination from the ear wire (affiliate link).
Aisha Formanski’s Feathers Earrings are a fun introduction to metal stamping. If you like the look but stamping isn’t your style, you can create a similar pair using purchased leaf charms or pendants. Substitute birthstone beads for an extra special gift.
Eye of the Peacock Lariat
Peacocks are widely viewed as majestic and vibrant. When you wear their feathers – or beadwork inspired by them – you might feel more majestic and vibrant, too! Kerrie Slade’s Eye of the Peacock Lariat is a lovely place to start.
The beaded feathers are suspended from a spiral herringbone rope. Each eye is a perfectly regal combination of crystal and lapis lazuli.
If you just can’t get enough feathers, learn how to make a leather feather. Add essential oils to your leather feather for jewelry that makes you feel good.
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