Carrying a piece of your parakeet with you

If you’re anything like me every time your budgies molt you scurry around after them collecting all their gorgeous dropped feathers.  I have managed to talk myself into only keeping the “best” specimens, but I still ended up with a sandwich baggie of feathers and no idea what to do with them.

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Lots of folks out there are craftier than me, I’ve seen people keeping adorable country chic mason jars full of feathers (one for each parakeet!), as well as making earrings, or even crafting a woven bowl and using the feathers as embellishments.  But, even though I actually have a surplus of mason jars that my husband bought on a whim (such are the dangers of late night online shopping) I haven’t gotten around to sorting out my baggie of feathers and getting down to business.

I did, however, have an idea that the feathers would look beautiful in a glass locket necklace, so I set a course across the internet to find my new dream piece of jewelry.

First, I found a site called Custom Made that literally boasts you can have anything made, you fill out a form detailing what you’d like and then, theoretically, they match you with an artisan who makes your dreams come to life.  Not so much in reality, they got back to me fairly quickly and indicated that not only would they not allow me to send any of my own materials (feathers) but they also don’t make jewelry with moving parts AND they don’t make jewelry with glass.  At the time I wasn’t even thinking of moving parts, more of the feathers being fixed in place permanently between glass, sort of like a specimen slide, but that’s neither here nor there.

Next stop was Etsy, because everything is on Etsy.  I found a shop called Sora Designs and a glass locket that I could fill myself.  I loved that there were a bunch of different options for the shape and the metal composition of the locket, also great is that you can choose your chain length and the chain is included.

I opted for the sterling silver oval with scalloped edges and was delighted by the fast shipping and lovely packaging.

Owing to my non-craftiness, I enlisted my husband’s help by throwing the baggie and locket at him and saying “make it work” a la Tim Gunn.  After about an hour, some swearing, and some very delicate artistry (I’m pretty sure there were manicure scissors and tweezers involved) he presented me with this

I completely love seeing the beautiful feathers from both of my parakeets together in what looks so much like a miniature watercolor work of art. The interior of the locket does have a small amount of depth, which allowed for the creation of a layered effect. I like that the piece is substantial, but comfortable to wear, not too heavy. It’s also comforting to rub the locket, sort of like a worry stone, although with a lot greater risk of smudges!

A few days of wearing this at the office garnered loads of compliments, people couldn’t believe that those were actually feathers from my parakeets.

This necklace is a great gift idea for any bird owner hoarding baggies of feathers, or even for those craftier parronts among us, it’s not like there’s ever a lack of falling feathers!  Additionally, this would be a very thoughtful memorial piece for a parakeet that flew over the rainbow bridge.  And of course in my opinion it’s also always a good time to buy oneself a gift “just because”.

Please note this is not a sponsored post and I was not compensated in any way for my opinions.

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Review of Skeletos parakeet skull necklace

For a long time, I’ve been wearing a gold cast of a hummingbird skull that I bought from an Etsy seller Blue Bayer Designs NYC. I love the look of this necklace, unless you’re right up on top of it you can’t tell at all that it’s a skull, it has a unique shape and looks great with anything.

As I was getting ready for our upcoming vacation I started thinking that I’d like to wear something every day to remind me of the parakeets, since I’m struggling with leaving them behind.

I started searching on Etsy and found a couple of cute options, and then found this seller, Skeletos, located in Germany, who also makes casts of bird skulls and turns them into jewelry. I saw that he had a parakeet skull necklace and knew I had to have it!

The listing says it’s a life-size parakeet skull but it seems big to me. I think it might be an Indian Ringneck or some other type of larger parakeet and not the smaller American Parakeet.

Regardless, it’s beautifully detailed and has the same structure as my parakeet’s heads and the large size gives it a nice presence, it’s definitely more of a statement piece than the hummingbird, but it will certainly remind me of my ‘keets while I’m away.

The pendant is on the heavy side but very comfortable to wear, the way it’s suspended from the chain makes it well-balanced and I really don’t feel that I’m wearing a necklace at all.

Both the pendant and chain are excellent quality, beautiful and highly polished. The jaw of the skull is even articulated and opens/closes very smoothly.

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open jaw – insert millet

The necklace shipped out quickly and the packaging was awesome, including a cute little box and a hand-written note from the seller.

If you’re looking for something outside of the norm to celebrate your love of birds I absolutely recommend Skeletos, both for the quality or their product and great customer service.

Note – I ended to take some cool pictures of the parakeets with the necklace but Toby was freaked out by it, which furthers proves how realistic the form is!