Leather Feathers Blog Hop

Rachel Mallis of Mint decided to host a blog hop and offered a pair of her handmade leather feathers for jewelry making. “Cute.” I thought. “Why not?” I thought.

Rachel sent me the following pair:


Of course they are perfect for earrings. Rachel even had pictures of earrings she had made with her feathers. This picture is similar to what I would have made using lampwork beads:


Instead of earrings I decided to make a necklace with my leather feathers. I also used lampwork beads that I had made, a lampwork and copper acorn by Diane Sepanski, and a lampwork leaf by Beau Barrett.



Check out Rachel’s blog to see what other people made using these unusual feathers.

About ingetraud

I make lampwork beads and jewelry. My other interests include traveling, reading, hiking, and collecting art and handcrafted items, especially pottery. I have always loved handmade things and have collected hand-thrown pottery since I was a teenager. I have done stained glass and weaving. I had been stringing beads into necklaces for a while when I attended a clay and glass show in Palo Alto. There was a beadmaker there whose work I fell in love with. I bought one bead to make into a necklace and decided I wanted to learn how to make glass beads. I took my first beadmaking class from Jackie Marr in Santa Cruz. After taking another class from Katie Stuart in Santa Barbara I set up my own studio and have not looked back. Beadmaking is like meditation for me. What has kept me interested is that there is always some new technique or color combination to learn or try. I have taken advanced classes from Sally Prasch, Marjorie Langston, Holly Cooper, Shirley Cook, Dolly Ahles, J.C. Herrill, Kristen Franzten Orr, Amy Waldman Smith, Claudia Trimbur-Pagel, Astrid Riedel, Amanda Muddimer, Melanie Moertel, Angela Meier, Gay Massender, Kris Schaible, and Jennifer Geldard. I love combining my love of beadmaking and traveling by taking classes away from home. In September, 2016 I got to attend a bead symposium in Wertheim, Germany. I took a bead lining class and watched many demos. I am married and have one son, age 26. I live in the Santa Cruz Mountains between Los Gatos and Scotts Valley, California.
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10 Responses to Leather Feathers Blog Hop

  1. Rachel says:

    Wow!!! I absolutely love what you did with them! They’re perfect with that lamp work leaf! Thank you so much for participating in my hop! πŸ™‚

  2. yoda14me2 says:

    WHOA! Inge! SO INCREDIBLE!!! I feel like a schmuck now πŸ˜‰ BEAUTIFUL piece! WOW!


  3. Deb Fortin says:

    gorgeous lamp work , as always. love the central leaf. isn’t it funny how we both linked the feathers to a leaf motif. maybe it’s a sign that autumn is on her way.

  4. beadlove says:

    I love your lampwork beads and how they go so well with the other elements you chose and the leather feathers! Great necklace!

  5. Marina Rios says:

    wait- you made those beads?
    *slack-jawed stare*
    *starts to drool*
    Cool idea to use these in a necklace instead of the more obvious earrings!
    *goes back to drooling over beads*

  6. I love the rich colors of this necklace–the beads you made are gorgeous, and match the feathers so well. Absolutely beautiful work! πŸ™‚

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