You WILL DESTROY some
feathers while you are teaching yourself these technique. So get
over it now.
Some have to "bite the dust" for your to learn. But it is worth the time and money. And even the
ones you break can be used somewhere.
To strip part of the feather, pull unwanted parts from the tip
toward the quill end. Save these parts for later use as they can
came in handy for flower making, masks, jewelry, earrings and such.
To curve the quill of the feather, pull feather over the blunt
side of a knife or back of closed scissors,
You will be making
small breaks as you go.
To cut the
feather, use sharp scissors and trim from the tip again the push
of the feather. If you cut from
the other direction the feather will just move with the scissors.
To contour the
feather for a desired shape and add to its natural curve, use
your thumb squeeze and push the feather over the blunt side of a knife or closed scissors. Do not pull the feather across
the edges it will
destroy the smoothness of the feather. Flip
the feather over and work from both side when you want it
to do an "S" curve.
Good in flower making. To curl tips of feather hurl, pull over
the open edge
of the scissors, or knife. It helps if the scissors are sharp
but be careful or it will cut the feathers.
one time or the other has admired the beautiful plumage of some
bird, whether it was a common
cage and do a little harvesting! Admit it!
remember the bird does need to keep them for a while, so gather
from the ground at the zoo. And
no fair chasing. See your local shops for feathers that are already cleaned, "sanitized", dyed
for you. There are various types of feathers, since
they need to do different engineering tasks for the owner.
Of course, we
do not intend to use them to fly, so their original design
configuration is not as important as what the shape and quality can do for our
Wing and tail
feathers are stiff and somewhat straight and are excellent for
leave and drama on a mask or hat. Depending on which side of the bird the feather originated it may be slightly curved to
the left or the right.
Center tail feathers will be the most
straight. Use the shape to your advantage.
feathers from the back, breast, neck, etc are more
the lowly turkey has some wonderful colors and exciting shapes to loan you.
are very satin like and dye beautifully. And don't forget
domestic chicken. He, too, contributes his attire for your design
enjoyment, as does the
spotted guinea fowl. I might also mention,
that the feather come from the food industry. No birds are
killed for their plumage.
CHANDELLE BOAS. Most versatile and easy to work with. Cut any
desired length and it will not ravel. Can be glued or stitched. OSTRICH PLUMES
used throughout history from adorning
bed post in castles to decorating hats and masks. These are so
PEACOCK SWORDS AND EYES. Peacock feathers are so beautiful and
shaped and curled.
PHEASANT TAILS. Combine with coordinating flowers, decorate fans and use
on hats and masks
DYE. The dying of feathers has been improved over the years
they are still not completely
light fast so use them wisely. No continual direct sun, no
SKINS-No other source has such a variety of naturally
contrasting feathers as those
pelts. Golden, Ring neck, Lady Amherst, Venery.
Most elegant and richly textured feather, named after the fabric
satin, for it's smooth satin
feather adds the feeling of natural movement to your project.
Wrap this feather around a wire
tightly and it will hole the spiral curl.
FEATHERS- The most widely used for craft projects. Hand
selected, sized, strung and sewn
together in strips.
HACKLE, AND HACKLE PLATES. Pheasant or hackle already glued on a
MARKINGS-Feathers with beautiful natural markings are greatly
enhanced by dye,
chinchilla, guinea and pheasant to name a few.