Each week one of our contributors gives you a sneak peek into their studio, creative process or inspirations. We ask a related question of our readers and hope you'll leave comments! As an incentive, we offer a PRIZE each week to encourage you to use that keyboard and tell us what you think. The following week a WINNER is chosen at random from all eligible entries. And here are the results from last week!! Terri Del Signoreisthe winner of a 20$ shop at Humblebeads!!! Congratulations! Please contact Heather to claim your prize. Hello from the Swoondimples studio :) I have been inspired by feathers lately, which is a recurring theme/obsession in my life. I have an affinity for feathers, always have. I stumbled across thisDonna Kato feather tutorialwhile poring over Pinterest recently. The instructions were super easy to follow (lots of photos) and I started with my favorite color combinations, turquoise blue and rusty burnt umber.
I add wrapped silver wire to each feather for adornment. Some of the wrappings were created to swivel to allow for movement and others were baked directly into the clay to assimilate an actual quill. Just like an actual feather, no two are alike ;)
You will notice that the feathers below are quite different than those shown above. I started to morph the original tutorial and began experimenting with other techniques to make each feather even more unique. I began etching each piece and adding patina. I am a patina junky and there is no shame. I love to scratch things up and give pieces a worn look. Who doesn't?
I even stepped outside of my comfort zone and experimented with a color that I tend to shy away from. YELLOW! My beady confidant, Lorelei, encouraged me to explore the color and this was the result. It took me a few days to come around but I totally dig the yellow. I plan to create some pale muted yellow ombre feathers next...