What to do with feathers.

Faraday40

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@Faraday40 makes hair pieces and jewelery
Yes, I do! Crafts are great, and craft feathers are very expensive.

I use pretty feathers as accents for cards. (When the cost of a decent card went above $1-2, I started making them. They're so much nicer. )
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I also made hair pieces for my daughter's dance recitals
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& a friend's wedding.
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I even made some feathered floral pics to slip into the bouquets & flower arrangements. (.... I had a lot of extra purple feathers!)
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Basically, all you have to do is wash the feathers in dish soap and hot water. A bit of vinegar helps remove the soap residue & also disinfects feathers. (I store feathers outside in Ziplock bags, so the freezing winter temps kill any unseen tiny critters.) Let feathers air dry & they'll fluff back up.

Food coloring can dye feathers easily and using white, lavender, blue, buff, etc. feathers can achieve different hues. My favorites are the barred, laced, spangled, & penciled feathers. They look so exotic.
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Here's DD making some of her own feathered hair pieces:
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So what to do when you've collected too many feathers????
Preschools! Teachers of young children actually buy feathers and love to have pretty diversity of backyard chicken feathers. (Just wash/disinfected them 1st) I teach in several schools every spring & the students go crazy to have a few "souvenirs" from their feathered visitors. Better to bring in a bag of them for the teacher to distribute than to have those little fingers try to pluck.
Here are my kids helping me at a school assemblies:
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Duckfarmer1

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Yes, I do! Crafts are great, and craft feathers are very expensive.

I use pretty feathers as accents for cards. (When the cost of a decent card went above $1-2, I started making them. They're so much nicer. )
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I also made hair pieces for my daughter's dance recitals
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& a friend's wedding.
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I even made some feathered floral pics to slip into the bouquets & flower arrangements. (.... I had a lot of extra purple feathers!)
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Basically, all you have to do is wash the feathers in dish soap and hot water. A bit of vinegar helps remove the soap residue & also disinfects feathers. (I store feathers outside in Ziplock bags, so the freezing winter temps kill any unseen tiny critters.) Let feathers air dry & they'll fluff back up.

Food coloring can dye feathers easily and using white, lavender, blue, buff, etc. feathers can achieve different hues. My favorites are the barred, laced, spangled, & penciled feathers. They look so exotic.
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Here's DD making some of her own feathered hair pieces:
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So what to do when you've collected too many feathers????
Preschools! Teachers of young children actually buy feathers and love to have pretty diversity of backyard chicken feathers. (Just wash/disinfected them 1st) I teach in several schools every spring & the students go crazy to have a few "souvenirs" from their feathered visitors. Better to bring in a bag of them for the teacher to distribute than to have those little fingers try to pluck.
Here are my kids helping me at a school assemblies:
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Very cool and great craft...but you’re very good at the art of it! :)
 

Faraday40

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Aug 1, 2013
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Very cool and great craft...but you’re very good at the art of it! :)
Thank you.

Not all crafts have to look "polished" The preschoolers slap some glue & feathers on a folded paper plate and call it a hen. (To go with it, they also make nests & pom pom chicks inside plastic Easter eggs) It's one of my fav crafts.
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I teach a park district class, and at the end, each child gets a photo of him/her holding a baby chick hatched during the program. (I obviously don't send the kids home with the baby chicks. LOL) We glue the photos to a piece of cardboard, and the children get to decorate it with feathers. Here are past examples using my own kids.
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