The french hook ear wire is stainless steel. Feathers are hand cut from a salvaged bike tube with scissors by me. :) They are completely water proof and virtually un-breakable.
All of my products are handmade, by me, from inner tubes that I have personally rescued from the trash piles of Asheville, NC. I meticulously scrub each tube with an earth friendly de-greasing dish soap before I cut and sew them. Any odor that may linger will dissipate after only a week or two of regular use. Since my products are made from a re-purposed material no two are ever alike. There will always be variations in markings and texture.