Hello and thank you for the comment! The pendants are more or less layered surfaces forming the "crest" image. So yes, each feather is a separate surface and actually the whole thing is a collection of "stairs" forming the images through height differences. But... I wanted them that way from the start! :)) I understand others might've preferred a more "rounded", fancier look, but it's just not what I was going for here.
However, I thank you very much for the suggestion and the constructive criticism - I definitely have a lot left to learn in Rhino, and any help is always welcome :)