Earlier this year when I made my first bird bead I decided that I want to create other avian inspired beads. I had a few ideas for other bird beads but had yet to attempt giving any others a try. I guess I was waiting for the right inspiration to come along. I was confident that one day it would.
I have a good friend who, along with her daughter, volunteers as bird rehabilitator at a nature center. A while back they were releasing an eagle back into the wild and my friend invited me to accompany them so I had an excuse to make the hour trek to the center where they work.
While waiting to leave on the eagle release adventure I was able to see the many wild turkeys that wander around the grounds of the nature center. I had not seen wild turkeys close up before, and I admit my vision of turkey was that of a big, awkward dark bird with funny looking red wattles. I had no idea how spectacular their plumage really is.
It was molting season so the areas where they like to hang out were literally littered with all sizes and shapes of turkey feathers. The various feathers where colored in blacks, browns and off-whites, and many of them had a beautiful, lustrous, iridescent stripe across the top. After collecting a few feathers from the ground I knew what my next avian inspired bead would be.
Fortunately, being game birds, turkeys are one of the few birds whose feathers are legal to possess. I was able to bring an assortment of feathers home to use for beady inspiration. I chose my favorite, the ones with the magnificent iridescent stripe, to be the inspiration for my turkey beads. As you can see from the pictures, I tried a couple different styles. My bird rehabilitator friends liked the one I pictured singly the best. I can’t quite decide. What do you think?
Linda beads and blogs from her home in Salt Lake City, Utah!