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.