Peacock feather Necklace - copper

Project Description

Who is this project for? Women What are you most proud of? I have used many different techniques in the construction, including hammering, layering, weaving and binding. The eye of the feather has a 3D element and is raised in a dome effect from the rest of the piece, drawing your eye to the faceted Amazonite. What advice would you give someone starting this project? The feather is attached to the chain by two wrapped bails so that it hangs on the Viking knit chain at a slant, (the last image shows the position it hangs in).

What you will need

  • I have set the pear shaped faceted amazonite stone in a viking knit bezel and wrapped the top edge
  • neatly framing the stone. This is surrounded with a layer of faceted Lilac Amethyst rondelles
  • each one individually wrapped
  • securing it in place. Then a layer of 4mm Lapis Lazuli beads have been attached
  • it is these beads that create the dome effect. This pear shaped central detail is surrounded by swirls of wire
  • which have been hammered
  • coiled
  • wrapped and woven
  • to create the feather. I have accented the wire with Lapis Lazuli beads of graduating sizes
  • to balance the design. The handmade Viking knit chain is finished with handmade wire end caps
  • accented with Lapis Lazuli rondelles and a hand forged hook clasp. The pendant is 3 1/2" long and 1 3/4" wide and the dome section is 1/2" tall. The chain is 18 1/2" long.

Q&A with Abby Hook

Cathyherbsew asked:
I love the way you incorporated, layered the outlining copper swirls to represent the feather. The gemstones blend so well and enhances the amazonite as the focal stone.
Abby Hook answered:
Thank you Cathy, there is quite a lot of hiddeen work to achive the dome shape around the focal stone, but the end result was that the colours seem to bleed into each other, just like a real feather :)
hearnej1577582 asked:
Abby, Tjis may be my favorite piece of yours! Ir is exquisite! Of course, I am a fool for peacocks, so that may have something to do with it!! :) Judy
Abby Hook answered:
Thank you so much!! I am a fool for peacocks too, I recently visited a bird sanctuary and spent quite a while following a peacock around, begging him to drop a couple of feathers for me, he did not oblige!
hearnej1577582 asked:
I have tried to look on your link to see how much this is, I love it so much but, for some reason, I can't open your store. :( Do you know if there have been problems? Judy
Abby Hook answered:
I don't know what had gone wrong with the link but I have amended it and it seems to be working now,, http://www.etsy.com/listing/161339931/peacock-feather-necklace-amethyst?ref=shop_home_active