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So after a quick trip to Michaels for some supplies, and raiding my sewing/craft room for feathers, I sat down to make a few traditional style plume pins. This is a super easy DIY...
-Little metal tube findings from the bead section
-Decorative metal bead caps
I began by threading a bead, then a long bead cap, and then finally a metal cylinder onto a long headpin. Instead of turning the end of the headpin, or clipping it off, I left it to add some support for the feathers. I put some glue around the outside/bottom of the little tube so it would stay in place inside the bead cap.
For this one I simply glued a bead cap onto the end of the tube and then threaded it through the same way.
Here are my funny little "vases" for my miniature feather bouquets. Since I was using e-6000 glue I had to wait quite a while for everything to dry and stabilize before I could go any further. If you were to use a faster acting glue, or hot glue, you could just solider on!
To spend the time while the glue dries, start arranging some bouquets of feathers. Each bundle should have both longer and shorter feathers for a layered effect, and varying the textures and colors (sleek, fluffy, natural, dyed) will give the best results. I even decided to use just one large dyed feather quill for one of the pins.
When your ready, fill that little tube with some glue and start sticking the ends of your feathers into the tube. Arrange them so they all point in a similar direction and are layered how you'd like.
Here I layered two longer dyed rooster feathers (teal) in the back, a fluffy turkey(?) feather in mint green and then finished off the pin with a spotty natural guinea feather.
For this one I simple glued a bead to the bottom of the tube as a stopper and for a finished look.
Once you have your feathers glued in and arranged, lay your pin(s) aside and let dry overnight.
All that's left is too glue a pin back onto the reverse side of each pin. Allow to dry once more and voila, a finished feather plume pin!
I was trying to find more information about this style of brooch. It seems like they are sold as souvenirs in Scotland, but I don't remember seeing them in gift shops when I was there (too bad too, I would have picked up a few!). If anyone knows the true name or tradition of such brooches please let me know in the comments!
I'll be wearing one of these fun feathery brooches later this week when I don my newly finished brown and tan hounds-tooth skirt for you all!