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I have had such wonderful luck with the Art Jewelry Elements Component of the Month.  I was very fortunate to win one of Rebekah Payne‘s leather feathers to work with this month.  We were offered a single larger feather or a smaller mirrored earring pair.  I chose a gorgeous single feather.

Rebekah Payne feathers

The top photo is by Rebekah and shows the choice of single feathers.  I chose the one in the middle of that photo.  Below you can see the incredible detail. She cuts the feathers from suede, uses a wood burner to create a design and then hand paints them.

I went through so many ideas in my head, I think I’ll have to get more feathers. For this challenge, I decided to make a bracelet.  I tend to wear bracelets more often than necklaces.


I made the feather the focal of the bracelet and added some labradorite to bring out the grey tones.  The feather is rustic yet elegant.  I see the labradorite the same way – a gemstone in this rough faceted nugget cut.  I separated the larger beads with small random brown beads as a nod to the various browns in the feather and wrapped the connection with WoolyWire for texture and color.  I punched a hole at the end of the feather so I could add a clasp.  I have to admit that was hard for me.  I never want to alter components, but sometimes they need a hole or glue (in the case of cabs) for a connection.

BeadLove - AJE Aug

To finish it off with a little movement, I added a ladybug charm I got in a destash from  Natalie McKenna of Grubbi. I love my feather bracelet.  Thank you so much AJE and Rebekah Payne!  Please click on the links below to see what contributors and other lucky guest winners made with their feathers.  It’s going to be fun!

Guest Artists

Karin Grosset Grange – http://ginkgoetcoquelicot.blogspot.com/

Ann Schroeder – https://beadlove.wordpress.com/ – You are HERE.

Claire Lockwood – http://www.somethingtodowithyourhands.com/

Toltec Jewels – http://www.jewelschoolfriends.com/

The AJE Team

Jen Cameron – http://www.glassaddictions.com/blog

Diana Ptaszynski – http://www.suburbangirlstudio.com/

Kristen Stevens – http://kristen-beadjourney.blogspot.com/

Lesley Watt – http://www.thegossipinggoddess.blogspot.com/

Jenny Davies-Reazor – http://www.jdaviesreazor.com/blog

Francesca Watson – http://francescawatson.com/

Linda Landig – http://www.lindasbeadblog.com/

Melissa Meman – http://melissameman.blogspot.com/

Sue Kennedy – http://www.suebeads.blogspot.com/

Rebekah Payne – http://www.treewingsstudio.com/

Caroline Dewison – http://blueberribeads.blogspot.co.uk/