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CheetahChiq78
« on: October 28, 2007 11:48:20 PM »

Does anybody know of a website, book or from personal experience, how to make feather flower pins? I've found a book on Ebay and bought it, but the feather flowers it has in it aren't really what I'm looking for. I also need to know how to curl and do other things with feathers. I've been working with feathers for a few years now, but I want to expand my knowledge and skill level! Any help would be fabulous!

The below is what I'd like to make!





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« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2007 01:28:01 PM »

I don't know any books or websites, but I know how I'd make it! Cheesy

(Im bad at writing instructions so I hope you understand what I mean) Ok, first you'll need a mesh finding (a metal disk with lots of holes in it. you can buy them of designer findings, and you can get special ones with a brooch attached to the back) you could poke feathers through the holes and glue the feathers in place at the back. I think you might be able to get the feathers to curl around if you kinda stick them in sideways in the findings.
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« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2007 01:44:40 AM »

You can do it like the second poster said - stick a quill through every hole in wire screen or plastic mesh. Then steam and wind. Either way works!

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« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2007 04:17:38 PM »

I'll try to post pics... maybe.
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« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2008 04:45:31 PM »

WOW! Shocked THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!

I've tried different things (curling iron!) to get the feathers to curl, but none really worked.

Thank you SO much for your fabulous tutorial! Seriously - I cannot tell you what a help it is! I'm going home TONIGHT and trying it out!
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« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2008 05:16:34 PM »

You're welcome! No prob.

The center disc presses the hackle border down and helps create the flower effect. It's going to be kinda tough to get the center disc in place. 5-minute epoxy will help you out better then hot glue (only gives 20-25 sec. of time; thus more errors could happen due to haste).
To get the whole thing to lay super-flat, after you get the pinwheel directional spin thing going, steam them down flat; I'd say hit them with the iron for 30 sec. tops, then hold it for a minute under a cardboard sheet to set the flat-top effect.

The feather flowers cost under .80/ea, so I'm not sure why you'd want to make them (cost of materials & time is higher if you do it then if you buy it), unless you have some awesome new hackle or custom dyed stuff not available to purchase.

I followed this tute and made a nice flower out of Gallus sonnerati (jungle cock) but did not like the effect enough to photograph it; I took the thing apart and made a brooch instead. So I'm sure the tutorial works. Smiley
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