When I saw this gorgeous bluejay arrow necklace from Digby and Iona, I knew I needed it. At $150, the necklace is a bit out of my budget, so I decided to go for a DIY inspired by Digby and Iona's necklace. I already had a bluejay feather that my mom found in the forest while walking the dog and gave me a little while ago, so I just needed a few basic other supplies. My version is far from being as pretty as the original, and I don't know how long it will last, but I had fun making it and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.
If you'd like to try it, you will need :
- a small twig (mine is about 2 3/4" (7cm) long)
- a little piece of air drying clay
- strong glue
- a feather (I'm using a bluejay feather)
- an awl, or a strong needle
- an X-acto knife, or a sharp knife
- silver (or chrome) spray paint (not pictured)
Please note : This project is relatively simple to complete, but it does require the use of sharp tools, so it is not suitable for children.
1. Using an awl or a strong needle, carefully make a hole in the twig, at about 2/3 of the length of the twig.
2. Spread open the jump ring and pass one end through the hole you just made in the twig, then pinch the jumpring closed.
3. Cut two little triangle shaped pieces of air drying clay. Mine are about 1/2" long (1cm) and 0.2" wide (0.5cm).
4. Place the bottom of the twig onto the center of one of the triangle. Place the second clay triangle on top and pinch both sides together, adhering them to the twig, to form the arrow head. Let the clay dry.
5. On the other end of the twig, carefully make a small hole, using an awl or a strong needle (leather needles work great).
6. Spray paint the twig (including the arrowhead) on both sides, and let dry (sorry for the ugly photo!).
7. With sharp scissors, carefully trim off one side of the feather in a straight line following the spine.
8. Apply a few drops of strong glue on the tip of the feather.
9. Insert the tip of the feather inside the hole you previously made in the twig, and let the glue dry.
10. Just add the feather arrow pendant to your chain, and you're done! Wear it proudly.