I made the feather out of powdered glass enamel. Working with enamel takes some getting used to. Learning how to control the flow of the glass powder in a liquid medium is like painting but it's also a little bit like sculpture in that you can get 3 dimensional effects. After removing it from the kiln I added Swarovski crystals for a little extra bling and hand painted details to really make it sparkle.
An optional automatic sensor is available which will turn it on when the room is dark and off automatically when it is light. This feature offers convenience and allows you to take a conservative approach to energy usage (even though it is only 4 watts). A 4 watt bulb is also included with the fixture.