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Make your own feather hair clip for less! Don't buy those expensive, boring versions.
I've seen those feathers-on-a-chain hair clips go for upwards of $15.00, so I decided to make my own. They were also never long enough to match the length of my hair. This is a great project for belly dancers, burlesque performers or anyone who loves to put fabulous stuff in their hair.

Places to find the cord crimp ends: Michael's, in the jewelry department. Joann's carries them as well, just not in any amount that makes it worthwhile. Joann's does have the tiny ones for microscopic feathers though. The Michael's ones are by Jewelry Essentials Findings in the light blue packages. Joann's are by Blue Moon Beads and are in a dark blue package with baggies on the front. Also, you can order them online through Fire Mountain Gems.

Posted by Solari from Spokane, Washington, United States • Published See Solari's 9 projects »
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  • How to make a feather hair clip. Feathers On A Chain Facinator - Step 1
    Step 1

    Gather your supplies. Plug in your hot glue gun. Have a trash can nearby for all of the loose feather bits that will be thrown away.

  • How to make a feather hair clip. Feathers On A Chain Facinator - Step 2
    Step 2

    Pluck any fuzz from the bottom of any feather too fluffy at the base.

  • How to make a feather hair clip. Feathers On A Chain Facinator - Step 3
    Step 3

    Snip off of the ends of the feathers, leaving about a 1/4" without fluff on it.

  • How to make a feather hair clip. Feathers On A Chain Facinator - Step 4
    Step 4

    Clip off the stem on the Joann's feather bunch right at the base of the floral tape.

  • How to make a feather hair clip. Feathers On A Chain Facinator - Step 5
    Step 5

    Any obstinate feathers may be clipped using wire cutters.

  • How to make a feather hair clip. Feathers On A Chain Facinator - Step 6
    Step 6

    Your should have a variety of sizes and shapes all clipped and ready to go.

  • How to make a feather hair clip. Feathers On A Chain Facinator - Step 7
    Step 7

    Make sure your feather(s) will fit inside the cord crimp end.

  • How to make a feather hair clip. Feathers On A Chain Facinator - Step 8
    Step 8

    If a feather is too big, take the wire cutters or scissors and snip the bottom of the feather into several sections. This will allow the feather parts to overlap and be smaller. Do not remove any of the base of the feather.

  • How to make a feather hair clip. Feathers On A Chain Facinator - Step 9
    Step 9

    Add a tiny amount of hot glue to the end of the feather. Place it into the cord crimp end, making sure not to cover up the hole. Let it cool slightly.

  • How to make a feather hair clip. Feathers On A Chain Facinator - Step 10
    Step 10

    Using your chain nose pliers, fold in one of the sides of the cord crimp end. Make sure the feather(s) are positioned exactly how you want it before you tighten it down. It is not so important for the feather and the loop to be parallel, as you won't see it in the mass of feathers that will be on the chain in the end.

  • How to make a feather hair clip. Feathers On A Chain Facinator - Step 11
    Step 11

    Fold over the second side and squeeze hard. Give the feather(s) a good tug and make sure they aren't going anywhere.

  • How to make a feather hair clip. Feathers On A Chain Facinator - Step 12
    Step 12

    Crimp the feather bunch VERY tightly. Check to be sure that the feathers don't move or rotate. They will fall out otherwise.

  • How to make a feather hair clip. Feathers On A Chain Facinator - Step 13
    Step 13

    You should have all of your feathers crimped. Lay them in the order you would like them to be on your chain. I recommend smallest at the top, largest at the bottom. The feather bunch from Joann's goes at the very bottom of the chain.

  • How to make a feather hair clip. Feathers On A Chain Facinator - Step 14
    Step 14

    Cut the chain with the wire cutters at the length you want the overall length to be, minus the length of the feather bunch. I made mine extra long, because of how long my hair is.

  • How to make a feather hair clip. Feathers On A Chain Facinator - Step 15
    Step 15

    Open an oval jump ring, add the feather bunch to it, then hook it to the very bottom of the chain. Close the link. The weight of this bunch helps keep the chain from fluttering too much.

  • Step 16

    Add feather(s) about 3/4-1" apart up the length of the chain.

  • How to make a feather hair clip. Feathers On A Chain Facinator - Step 17
    Step 17

    Alternate which side of the chain you put the jump ring through. It will help balance it out.

  • How to make a feather hair clip. Feathers On A Chain Facinator - Step 18
    Step 18

    Cut about 6" of wire. Thread it through the gap between the jaws of the alligator clip and the hinge.

  • How to make a feather hair clip. Feathers On A Chain Facinator - Step 19
    Step 19

    Cross the wire behind the clip, close enough that is inside the clip grip, but loose enough that it can rotate freely.

  • How to make a feather hair clip. Feathers On A Chain Facinator - Step 20
    Step 20

    Snip off one end of the wire and make a loop. Give the loop end a tiny tweak to make it look like this.

  • How to make a feather hair clip. Feathers On A Chain Facinator - Step 21
    Step 21

    Wrap the long end of the wire around the loop end until you are just below the bottom of the loop. Snip off the wire with the wire cutters and then press the end of the wire down with the needle nose pliers. If the end is sharp, take a file or an emery board to it.

  • How to make a feather hair clip. Feathers On A Chain Facinator - Step 22
    Step 22

    Open the loop on the wire and put the end of the loose end of the chain on it. Close the loop.

  • How to make a feather hair clip. Feathers On A Chain Facinator - Step 23
    Step 23

    Alternately, if you aren't comfortable with wire working, you can use a jump ring through one side of the hinge on the alligator clip and add the chain that way. I've done both. Make sure that the jump ring is strong enough to withstand some tugging without opening or coming off of the clip.

  • How to make a feather hair clip. Feathers On A Chain Facinator - Step 24
    Step 24

    Viola! put your clip in and hit the town!

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Anceeej
Anceeej · 2 projects
where did u get the feathers?
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marsha f.
marsha f. · 2 projects
i love it!!!! genius!
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Solari
Solari · Spokane, Washington, US · 9 projects
You're welcome Lara W.!
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Omo
Omo · 2 projects
omg, thank u
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Solari
Solari · Spokane, Washington, US · 9 projects
It's not hard WeAreTheOcean, just follow the steps and you can make one. None of the parts are difficult, it just seems overwhelming because of the amount of steps I put up. I just wanted all of the things I discovered about making it to be there, so no one had to make the same mistakes I did. Good luck!!
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Naomi?
Naomi?
wow this is awesome but i dont know if i could do it...
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Solari
Solari · Spokane, Washington, US · 9 projects
@DreamChaser As long as the project is totally different, have at! I look forward to seeing it!
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FELICITY!
FELICITY!
so cool
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SaveMeSanFrancisco
SaveMeSanFrancisco · 18 projects
i love this idea! i was actually thinking of doing something like this and posting it but it is MUCH different than yours is that okay with you??
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The Mad Hattress
The Mad Hattress · 5 projects
this is so awesome!!
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