Feather jewelry is all the rage right now. I love boho jewelry, and so I decided to make a few feathery giveaways for 5 cute teenage girls who volunteered to help out at the Italian Charity event mentioned in a previous post.
I made this Karboojeh Blue Boho Feather Pendant Necklace in honor of my bohemian adolescence… that’s when I was more free to express my boho self. I doubt many people in the country I am in right now appreciate feather jewelry. Bohemian doesn’t seem to strike a chord with a lot of people who would rather wear either tacky plastic jewelry, or diamonds. No bohos in between. Alas!
Handmade DIY Jewelry: Karboojeh Blue Boho Feather Pendant Necklace
DIY Recipe: A few ingredients for a boho necklace
The feather necklaces in the 3 pictures above are pretty DIY, I used the following materials to make them:
- craft wire (to wrap the top of the feathers together before inserting them into the bead cap)
- findings: Eye-pin. I wrapped the craft wire around the feathers several times, then wrapped and wrapped around an eye-pin which went through the top of the bead cap. There, I used the round-nose pliers to create a loop, which I then attached to another eye-pin that had several beads on it.
- metallic elongated bead cap
- beads (wooden, ceramic, glass)
- pliers (round nose, and flat-nose)
- findings: small jump-ring to connect the feather pendant to the chain.
Inspiration: Anthropologie & the feather
Here is an example of a white-feathered necklace that I found at my favorite online-shop, Anthropologie. And of course, I had to pin it on my jewelry-inspiration box on Pinterest.
Source: anthropologie.com via Karboojeh on Pinterest
Pretty neat, right? It’s called the Feather Flight Necklace. I love the rosary-like beads attached to the feathery pendant; they look very nice with the white feathers. The beads are an assortment of ebony, white, turquoise & aquamarine gemstones. And the general feel of the necklace is quite bohemian.
Karboojeh Tutorials & DIY
UPDATE: Dear all, I am sorry for all the broken links on this post. I will update the photos as soon as possible, thanks!
Boho Jewelry Fun: Bracelets, rings and earrings from the Levant. This is my new collection of handmade jewelry – by Karboojeh Jewelry. I had great fun working on these, and more, to be revealed soon inshAllah.
The first piece is called the Karboojeh Color Power Boho Bracelet. The three wooden rings above are nicknamed, Karboojeh Wood & Blue Boho Rings. The three earrings below are just a sneak peak into a boho earrings collection I might reveal soon.
I made a couple of key-accessories, I am showing one here below. I’m calling it, Karboojeh Blue Levant Key Charm.
I’m particularly in love with seed beads (little glass beads that if stacked together can make a big impact): In this piece, turquoise beads go lovingly well with bronze. This (below) is called, Karboojeh Mixed Brass Levant Pendant Necklace.
And here is its sister, Karboojeh Mixed Levant Pendant Necklace.
That’s it for now. Take care… :)
This post is is re-posted from my other blog: karboojeh.tumblr.com
Hand of Fatima Necklace - The center peice is handmade and designed by Karboojeh
I’m totally, head-over-heels, in love with the Hand of Fatima motif. I finally decided to integrate it into my handmade jewelry designs. What this shape (the shape of a hand, with an eye in its palm) stands for makes it even more beautiful. It is the hand of Fatima. But who is this blessed, protective, and loving Fatima?
Fatima is the daughter of Prophet Mohammad in Islam. She was well-known for her great generosity. She was like an ever-flowing spring of generosity, kindness and love. That’s why God designated a full verse (aka “Aiya“) in Quran to praise her qualities.
Arabs and olden Muslims used to be very metaphoric when they used language. They always used beautiful language to describe things, and it was regarded as impolite to describe something in row language. Metaphoric imagery was mostly the key to speaking respectfully with each other. An open hand stood for generosity. A generous, giving person was like an open hand, with a beautiful palm inviting you towards his/her kindness and love. That is one meaning behind the beautiful shape of the hand of Fatima, which has now become a fashion staple for many jewelry and decor designers.
The other meaning of the hand, which many believe in, is that the Hand of Fatima stands for the five pillars of Islam, represented in the five fingers.
The eye shape on the pit of the palm is believed to protect against the evil-eye, and in Turkey in particular, evil-eye jewelry is a main motif that adorns almost every design.
I didn’t really mean to make a dream catcher necklace…
Neither did I have the whole catcher thing in my mind. I was just following my boho voice when I made this. I made several others, which I no longer have, I gave them away as a present.