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Since I've gotten Budgies, I've always found their feathers beautiful. So I've collected their best feathers (prettiest, best formed, etc) over the years. While I do have a bag of their downy body feathers, the feathers I think I am actually going to use for something are their flight and tail feathers. My friend and I did actually make a necklace with a couple of their small body feathers. So I was considering making necklaces or earrings to sell. Like I said, I'd probably be using their flight and tail feathers, though I may use a few body feathers to balance out the longer feathers. I do have a bag of flight/tail feathers collected as well.

I am already selling some of my art (mainly cards and custom pieces) on Etsy, but I'm open to maybe making and selling jewelry made from my budgies' feathers as well. Or I may just end up making some for myself. What do you guys think? Would people (or you personally) actually buy jewelry with Budgie feathers? I'd really have to look into how I'm going to make it and how to thoroughly clean the feathers. This is just the beginning of an idea, nothing concrete.

Another vague thought that crossed my mind was doing a watercolor on a feather. Not a watercolor OF a feather, though I do want to do that as well. But actually paint the feather itself. Since Izzy is a grey opaline recessive pied, many of her flight feathers are white. Her lovely cinnamon color does end up on a few of the feathers, which would look lovely on jewelry, but not so much as a watercolor. Well, maybe it would...As you can see I have no definite decision or direct thought on this so far But if I used a white feather and painted an abstract or color wash on it...I don't know I think it sounds kind of cool. Maybe I'll use some of the painted feathers in jewelry as well. I have no idea how that would turn out as watercolors are not generally used on Budgie feathers haha. I just love my bird's colors and think their feathers are just so beautiful that I'd love to share them with others!

Has anyone attempted making jewelry or art with their beloved little birds' feathers? If so, would you recommend it or have any tips. And do you think people would actually but it. If you personally wouldn't buy it, I don't think others would haha.

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That reminded me of this: Feather Painting ? Art on Feather ? Design Swan

I have a pair of feather earrings and necklace with feathers (not budgies) and I find them really beautiful!
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I think creating something with feathers is a great idea. I stuffed the smaller feathers into glass ornaments but that does not take any skill it just looks pretty. I also used the larger feathers to adorn a clay face I made, if I can find it I'll post a picture. I had it on a shelf and one of my cats decided it was a toy and was batting it around so I had to take it away and I am not sure where I stashed it.
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Great feather paintings. I've seen the glass ornament idea, and I think it's pretty. I've also seen where someone made a frame with their bird's feathers arranged in designs glued around the photo, and the bird's name. On a plain background (the photo was small and didn't take up the whole frame). I don't think I'm doing a very good job of a description, but it was beautiful and looked almost professional.

Pereonally, I have clear plastic boxes for all of my birds. Some of my birds have "special" feathers that I keep in a separate smaller box. For example, both my budgies are normals and have throat spots. I have a throat spot box each for Mink and Chip . I actually get a little excited when I find a molted throat spot . My Bronze Winged Pionus has pink salmon colored throat feathers that I call his "chest hair" , and those feathers have a separate box. I think I have some older parrot feathers from birds I used to have, but I'd have to look for them now.
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That reminded me of this: Feather Painting ? Art on Feather ? Design Swan

I have a pair of feather earrings and necklace with feathers (not budgies) and I find them really beautiful!
Wow, I love those paintings! Looks like acrylic may be the way to go! I'd also have to find some larger feathers than budgies haha. Maybe if I was creative I could do something

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I think creating something with feathers is a great idea. I stuffed the smaller feathers into glass ornaments but that does not take any skill it just looks pretty. I also used the larger feathers to adorn a clay face I made, if I can find it I'll post a picture. I had it on a shelf and one of my cats decided it was a toy and was batting it around so I had to take it away and I am not sure where I stashed it.
I love that ornament! Maybe I'll have to do one for myself And if you find that picture of the clay face I'd love to see it!

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Great feather paintings. I've seen the glass ornament idea, and I think it's pretty. I've also seen where someone made a frame with their bird's feathers arranged in designs glued around the photo, and the bird's name. On a plain background (the photo was small and didn't take up the whole frame). I don't think I'm doing a very good job of a description, but it was beautiful and looked almost professional.

Pereonally, I have clear plastic boxes for all of my birds. Some of my birds have "special" feathers that I keep in a separate smaller box. For example, both my budgies are normals and have throat spots. I have a throat spot box each for Mink and Chip . I actually get a little excited when I find a molted throat spot . My Bronze Winged Pionus has pink salmon colored throat feathers that I call his "chest hair" , and those feathers have a separate box. I think I have some older parrot feathers from birds I used to have, but I'd have to look for them now.
Ooh, yeah a picture frame would be an idea as well. Haha yeah every time I clean the cage I collect all my favorite feathers from my birds. Since both Hermes and Izzy are pieds (Izzy is a recessive and Hermes a clearflight) their feathers change every molt. So no 2 feathers are alike! I love looking through and seeing their changing patterns.

Your Pionus sounds gorgeous! I'm sure his feathers are very nice and bright

And you know that painting I mentioned doing just of a feather not on a feather? Well I ended up doing a quick, fun one shortly after I posted this thread. I put all the step-by-step pictures on my ongoing art thread:https://talkbudgies.com/artwork/37625...-thread-4.html

And here is the somewhat reference feather I used, donated by Hermes


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That's pretty, Katie! I look forward to seeing what else you decide to do with feathers!
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