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Leather Feathers - Red-tail and Barn Owl by windfalcon Leather Feathers - Red-tail and Barn Owl by windfalcon
An idea I suddenly had one day while working on a mask and cutting out countless leather feathers - what if I made pendants out of the feathers, and painted them like actual raptor feathers?

Here are two feathers, mostly experiments to figure out how I'll make the rest. One features waxed thread wrapping and a leather bead, and the other features wire wrapping. I'm terrible at wire wrapping, and I think I just need practice! If anyone has some good tutorials, I'd love to see them.

Actual raptor feathers are illegal to own in the United States, which gave me the idea to make leather feathers :) These are much sturdier than real feathers (and legal to own!). These feathers are painted front and back, and come with a length of brown suede lace. These are designed as pendants, but they can be used to decorate anything! Hair, bags, walls, whatever!

These are each available for sale in my Etsy shop!

Red-Tail - [link] (Sold!)
Barn Owl- [link] (Sold!)
Edit - Wow those went fast! I'll just have to make more :D

I can also make leather feathers from ANY bird, real or imaginary! Want a gryphon feather, let me know!
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quillsnkiko Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  New member
are you still making these feathers? They are beautiful .Did you ever create songbird feathers for earrings yet? Quills
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Okami-Shiro Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What would it cost to have you make these exact feathers again for me?
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
It depends on the size.  These feathers as pictured are 4.5 inches, which are $25 each plus shipping.  If you're interested, just send me a note so I can contact you directly.
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littleriversong Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Student General Artist
I've never really worked with leather before, but this has inspired me... would you mind if I tried this idea? Of course, I wouldn't copy your work, I just really love the concept.
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Whoops, I thought you left your comment on a different piece, which is why the response I left before didn't make much sense! :D But my answer is the same - I don't own the rights to the idea of making feathers out of leather, so feel free! :) You don't have to ask me! The only copyright I have is to the designs themselves, but since my designs are based on existing designs from nature (barn owl feathers, etc.) it would be a stretch to say that I own the rights to those designs :D
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littleriversong Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Student General Artist
Hahaha, okay. Thanks! Just wanted to be sure before I did it. :)
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SnowSnow11 Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
For how much do you take customs?
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Jess-lessAmigo Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love these all so much <3
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Winter-Flight Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student General Artist
The barn owl feather has to be my favorite of the two. Such detail was put into it, I almost expect it to be blown away by the wind!
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LordofStupidity Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
Painting and cutting leather is actually possible!?! I thought it was carved by wood until I read the description!! Deep respect:iconrespectplz:
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
A lot of people think my leatherwork is wood until I pick it up and flex it for them :D Leather is actually not hard to carve into :3
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LordofStupidity Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
Really? Cool, but how do you carve it? Do you get a giant block of leather and carve your work from that? Sorry about all the questions^^;
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EirewolfCreations Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
These are amazing! The barn owl feather especially is painted so realistically, with the mottling. Kudos!
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blackhawkcreations Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
On the legality or illegality of feathers.....pretty much every feather from a wild bird that does not have a hunting season attached to it , or the english sparrow, and starling ..ARE illegal......doesn't matter if you find it, got gifted it by a Native American or whatever...they are ALL illegal and carry a pretty stiff fine if the feds bust you with it. There are a couple of exceptions , those being for certified rehab people to use the feathers for "imping" which is using a found feather to repair a broken flight fether on a raptor , and I believe certian individuals involved in educational reenactments can also get a permit.

Sorry, didn't mean to sound like a know it all, but I've been around this block more times than the icecream truck, and hope this saves someone a pile of problems in the future.
Great work, and Blessings
Steve
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blackhawkcreations Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
Let me know if your doing anymore of these, I'd love to have one of the owl feathers to bead, and put on my hat
Steve
PS, did ya try immature golden eagles yet?
blackhawkgllry@aol.com
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windfalcon Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
How odd, I somehow missed both your comments! And yes, every bird feather (with the exception of invasive species such as the starling, rock pigeon, and house sparrow) is illegal to own. I volunteer at a raptor rehab center, and we had to apply for separate permits just to be able to bring feathers to raptor programs. We have a permit for the raptors, and then ANOTHER permit for the feathers!

And I haven't done an immature golden eagle yet, though I'd love to try one!
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LovelyLadyGray Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
For a moment I'd swore these feathers were real until I did take a 2nd look at it, Brenda. Wonderful job on how realistic these leather feathers look like real red-tailed hawk and barn owl feathers.

I do have some feathers from wild birds I've found on trips. I'm all for protecting birds. :highfive: =D
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Hawksong76 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
OMG Gryphon Feathers would be AMAZING! I would most definitely love to see such designs if you come up with any!
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PantherStar613 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
These are amazing Brenda! Definitely added to my wishlist :D
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ChelseaWhiteArt Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
These are great, at first glance I was almost worried that you were using actual raptor feathers (They look so real) because of the legal issues with having possession of them.

But they look amazing. Keep it up, since those two sold so fast I think you have found some serious market for them!
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Nezura Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow!
That's a fantastic idea. And again I wish I would live on the other side of this big bad ocean. ^^
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Let's switch places! You can live here in the U.S. and I'll go to Europe :3
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Nezura Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sounds like a plan! ^^
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copperarabian Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Student Photographer
those are awesome, although the red tailed feather looks more like the Augar buzzard than the American red tailed hawk.
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Red-tailed hawks vary a bit in their tails. Some have very deep, almost rusty feathers, and others are very light, with varying thicknesses of the black bar at the end. This was based on a photograph I took of a real red-tailed hawk feather that's at the center. :)
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copperarabian Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Student Photographer
That's very true, I'm not sure why I didn't think of that when I left the comment lol I was judging on my friends birds, she and her dad each have red tailed hawks and her dad has a breeding pair of Augar buzzards and a male from the pair that he raised.
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Yumedragonica Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow at first i thought they were real
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ARegnant Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012   Interface Designer
Oh my god I want a dozen! I collect real feathers, but of course a lot of feathers are illegal. Makes me sad.
Would you possibly do custom ones???
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I do! You can find details in my journal entry here: [link]
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FireMaster13 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It would be great to get some custom ones done from you for a Harris Hawk, or as others had mentioned, custom earrings. Birds are why I'm in the major I am. These are lovely and a great idea! Thank you for pointing out the Migratory Bird Act, as most people don't know about it. :heart:
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
All feathers = all illegal feathers
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, a lot of people are surprised by the law and say, "well it's not illegal if I find it on the ground, right?" That's exactly the thing - ALL feathers are illegal to own, no matter how or where you found them.
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FireMaster13 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, yes it is. The only anomaly I have in my possession was, somehow, given by permission. However, it's still illegal to own. I found a raptor feather at the zoo, but after talking with them, they let me have it. It's in my hat now, but I'm certainly not supposed to have it. :o
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BlueNephelim Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, these are amazing! What a great idea. ^_^
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purplecatcreatives Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
These turned out beautiful!
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ElementalJess Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What a wonderful idea. I mean, really clever and a good solution to the whole.. illegal-feather-owning thing. I'll have to think up what I want. :D :D
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, that's another thing - there are so many beautiful feathers out there, but most are illegal to own. How else would you be able to wear a pendant of a barn owl feather, unless it was made out of another material? :3
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Calicolupe Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
...Yes, please make more. <3
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Lizili-power13 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
woooow O,O That look so great!!!
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CrystalBlueDragon Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
These are so real looking. I have Barn Owl feathers at my house now and I thought that it was one at first glance. You did a down right awesome job on the realisim on these. I would love to see a gryphon or eagle or heck even another Red Tail. They are beautiful. <3
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leiko Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
Those are quite impressively done.
*favs and bookmarks for later*
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terceleto Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Absolutely gorgeous. I really like the wrapping on the Red-tail feather. Your leather paintings and carvings are exquisite. If I could decide on a bird, I would definitely commission you. If I had a photo of my RT's feather (one of her juvenile ones) do you think you could make a pendant from that? It would be awesome to have some of 'her' with me wherever I went. I won't be able to get a photo for another few weeks, once she's began the moult.
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, definitely! I can do any feather :) I was actually tempted to do an in-between red-tail. At the center, we have one who is just moulting into its adult plumage, and the feathers its moulting are brown barred, but with a stripe down the middle of red. They're amazing.
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terceleto Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
That's really strange! All the RTs I have seen here in the east drop the brown barred feathers and grow in the red ones, sometimes they don't have the black stripe near the end. I knew one falconer who had a RT that had an eastern bird who moulted in a barred tail much like adult western birds, red with several black bars.
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Peppermint334 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:eager: Gryphon feathers! :eager:
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yesss that's what I was thinking :eager: I have SO MANY IDEAS for cool gryphon feathers.
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Peppermint334 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Then go on! They already have their places in my favorites!
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realityhelix Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Those are gorgeous! Luckily, feathers from domesticated birds are totally legal, and in many cases, incredibly beautiful.
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
This is true! I have some very lovely domestic feathers. Chickens are surprisingly gorgeous.
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