Feathered Angel Ornaments

Ornament measures 3” long from the angel’s crown to the feather bottom.

Ornament measures 3” long from the angel’s crown to the feather bottom.

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The original butterfly as purchased.

The original butterfly as purchased.

 

This project started with a bag of metal butterflies. Like many of my purchases, I had no idea what I was going to do with them but I loved their lacy look.  A dozen of them were bunched in a bag and cost less than a dollar each so I couldn’t afford not to get them. On the drive home from shopping, I realized they would make beautiful angel wings. I couldn’t wait to create one. By the time I finished the first I was hooked on using feathers for angels and created another version with glitter edges. Add your own touches and enjoy making these romantic little ornaments for yourself and others this holiday season.

Directions

step 1 - Work with the butterfly upside down.  The wire is soft enough to bend with your fingers but use needle nose pliers get in between the wings and gently break off the butterfly body.

step 1 - Work with the butterfly upside down.  The wire is soft enough to bend with your fingers but use needle nose pliers get in between the wings and gently break off the butterfly body.

step 2 - Cut a 4” piece of 18 gauge wire.  Loop half of it through the center metal pieces as shown, leaving the other end a long, straight stem.

step 2 - Cut a 4” piece of 18 gauge wire.  Loop half of it through the center metal pieces as shown, leaving the other end a long, straight stem.

step 3 - Wrap the wire end around the long stem twice, as close to the base as possible.  Cut off excess wire.

step 3 - Wrap the wire end around the long stem twice, as close to the base as possible.  Cut off excess wire.

step 4 - Pass the feather’s quill through a decorative silver spacer and then into a 10mm pearl.  Push the wire stem up into the spacer and through the pearl with the feather draped across the front side of the wings.

step 4 - Pass the feather’s quill through a decorative silver spacer and then into a 10mm pearl.  Push the wire stem up into the spacer and through the pearl with the feather draped across the front side of the wings.

step 6 - Your finished canvas should look something like this.

step 5 - Apply a dab of glue between the spacer, the pearl and the quill.  Cut off the excess quill above the pearl.  Add a somewhat flat silver bead to act as a crown.  Apply glue between the crown and the pearl. Push the crown, the pearl and the spacer down as far as they will go against the wings.

step 6 - Dab glue into the hollowed out spot on each wing and add a seed pearl. 

step 6 - Dab glue into the hollowed out spot on each wing and add a seed pearl. 

step 7 - Apply glue to the top front of the feather.  Cut off all but .25” of the quill from a second feather.  Push the quill into the spacer and press the two feathers to adhere them.  Allow the glue to dry.

step 7 - Apply glue to the top front of the feather.  Cut off all but .25” of the quill from a second feather.  Push the quill into the spacer and press the two feathers to adhere them.  Allow the glue to dry.

step 8 - Make a loop for hanging.  Create a 90 degree angle in the wire stem and wrap the remainder around round nose pliers to create a loop.  Cut off excess and bend the loop into an upright position.  If you’re unsure of how to do this see Making Wire Loops And Eyes in Jewelry Making Tools and Techniques.

The Glitter Feather Angel
The glitter feather angel is made basically the same way as the angel with butterfly wings except different beads and wings are used. The feathers are inserted into a small bead along with a nail head wire and glued together. The nail head wire is then slipped into the dome bead, the wings, etc. Spray the edges of the feather with adhesive and sprinkle with glitter. The feather strands will clump together. Run a pin through them to separate the strands.

What You'll Need

What You'll Need

 

Supplies

At Amazon

  • Coque feathers
  • butterfly charms *
  • Crown bead
  • 18 gauge wire
  • 10mm pearl
  • seed pearls
  • jewelry pliers
  • Dazzle Tac glue

At Michaels

  • decorative silver spacer bead

* The butterfly charms are no longer available on Amazon but you can find similar ones at FireMountainGems.com


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