Monday, September 22, 2008

Feathers! Feathers! Feathers!

I have been working on several custom feather pieces lately and wanted to share a few with you.
The challenge is I am still learning as I go and it's A LOT Of trial and error! LOL!
I recently had a client request a set of feathers pieces and it literally took me over 6 pieces and MANY HOURS... to get it right! I can say I was working on the prototypes over 2 weeks! BUT, I LOVE the final design. Which is this set here:

One of the first things I do is find GOOD QUALITY "white" feathers. Believe it or not, high quality "white" feathers are NOT as easy to come by. Many are damaged during the bleaching and cleaning process and become tattered and shredded on the edges. Next, I then try to make sure I cut the feathers all evenly so I can get the diameter that the customer is requesting. I still have a hard time with this for some pieces...like these: Coy Kitten set
When I was originally creating this (Coy Kitten) design I made 5 pieces before I actually listed one. The cone shape was difficult for me to maintain a perfectly round shape and not allow it to get too big...of course my clients wanted something around 3-4" in diameter. ...and these wanted to open up to more like 5-6 when I was first making them!
LOL!

The greatest part about working on new things is when you stumble onto something wonderful. This is where the next two designs came from. I was still working on a specific shape for another client and through simple trial and error of creating different shapes to see how they looked I began the designs for these:
White Starlet
White Lotus


Well, I just wanted to make a short post to let you know I haven't forgotten you all!!!
I REALLY am trying to post more often!
...It's a work in progress too!

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5 comments:

Grace said...

Your stuff is so fun! Too bad I work at an office and they would never appreciate something that artsy.

katelynjane said...

I just LOVE the White Starlet! I'm going to check out your Etsy shop now (:

Ilya said...

Wow! Beautiful! I've been working with feathers myself recently to create Fancy Feather Eyelashes. My favorite feather to work with has been peacock. It seems to be everyone elses favorite too since I only have one pair left in my Etsty shop. Check them out at www.capturedimaginaion.etsy.com and a few others on my own website at www.capturedimagination.com. Thanks for the blog! Your talent is truly stunning.

Mikiye Creations said...

grace:
Well, just because you work in an office...you do have the weekends and evenings off!
LOL!!!
:D

katylynjane:
Thank You! I'll be adding more feathers pieces soon!

ilya:
Very fun eyelashes.

ms. mindless said...

just found your site! that lotus is AMAZING! i have been looking at jennifer behr head pieces for my wedding, but i am loving your work even more!