How to Make Chumash Feather Hair Clips
1. Gather all needed materials at your local craft store. Spread supplies out on a table that is covered with newspaper to prevent hot glue from dripping onto nice surfaces. Once all the materials are laid out, you can start configuring a couple different assortments of your favorite beads, feathers, and pieces of leather.
2. Cut the leather cords based on your hair length and where you would like to see them fall against your locks. I have made clips with three leather cords and cut them at different lengths, or you can braid them together for one large cord that has beads woven into it.
3. Lay them all out similar to how you would like them to fall in your hair. Keep in mind that the feathers always go at the end of the leather cords.
4. After you have established the length of your feather clip, you are going to want secure the leather to the alligator clip that attaches to your hair. The best way to do this is to take your hot glue gun and glue the leather cords to the alligator clip. There is a straight away spot on the alligator clip that the leather fits perfectly in. Place hot glue in this spot and secure the leather cords with the hot glue gun.
5. After the glue has dried, you are going to want to get your wire and needle noose pliers and wrap the wire around the leather, glue, & alligator clip so that the glue is hidden under the wire and the leather is more secured onto the clip. Try to get the wire tight as you can around the clip, using two pairs of needle nose pliers usually helps with this.
6. Depending on if you are going to want to braid the leather or if you are going to want all the leather cords hanging independently from each other, it is now time to place the beads onto your clip. If you braid the leather cords, you can simply weave the beads into your braid and they will not move. If you would like single leather cords hanging, pick a place on the leather that you would like the bead to be secured and get your hot glue gun ready.
7. Pull the leather cord through the bead and once you have a place you would like the bead to stay, you can hot glue it in place. You can also secure the bead by tying knots on each side of the bead.