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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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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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