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Young Red-Tailed Hawk Feather - Leather Bracelet by windfalcon Young Red-Tailed Hawk Feather - Leather Bracelet by windfalcon
Yet another piece of leather jewelry inspired by my trip to the New York State Falconry Association meet. One of the falconers had a full juvenile red-tailed hawk tail for imping (repairing feathers), and it was just so beautiful, I had to create something based off of it!

This is hand-carved from 7-oz leather and painted with acrylics. It has a gunmetal chain and glass beads, and is fully adjustable for any size wrist.

I may experiment with different ways to attach the bracelet, such as woven leather, or different types of metal (sterling silver for people with metal allergies). These are pretty fun to make :3 And I'm going to be making them for different birds, too!
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Arf-Fra Jun 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hey! Can you do this but painting it as a Harris Hawk feather? It would be lovely... I would like to buy one!
windfalcon Jun 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Certainly! I have made Harris Hawk tail feather bracelets in the past - [link] Leather bracelets are $30 plus shipping. If you're interested, please send me a note :)
Arf-Fra Jun 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you a lot, your works are just amazing!
How much would cost shipping to Italy? :)
windfalcon Jun 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Shipping is $7 to Italy. :)
beautiful! i am in the texas hawking assoc :) and i have been making bracelets out of leather, but not this cool!
would you please give me more specific instruction on how to make this? i would so appreciate it!
windfalcon Feb 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
What type of leather are you using? I use 7-oz vegetable tanned leather, and I tool the shaft and vein in, then shape it while the dye is drying. I use acrylic paints to paint it. As for the wrapping, I did a bunch of trial and error to find a way that works best for me. Experiment and have fun! :3 Wire is pretty easy to use when you get the hang of it.
caligis Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You just took the feathers to a new level of EPIC.
windfalcon Nov 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Hahah thanks! Feathers are gorgeous and perfect just the way they are - whenever I try to replicate them from leather, I always feel like I fall short.
aboveClouds Nov 12, 2012   Digital Artist
Oooh, very pretty! You did a great job recreating the feather pattern.
Claire-Panda-Bear Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I absolutely adore this piece! It is beautiful and unique! You have truly captured the essence of the red-tailed hawk in this lovely bracelet.:love: Job well done

Claire the Panda Bear
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