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At present there are
over 70 different types of feathers available in the Thatís
always open to new ideas.
purchase the impressions from the person who developed this process and
taught me to make the leather feathers. First I cut out the stamped impressions with special scissors.
||Next, I skive the impression with a
curved tool that holds a razor blade on the back side. It is used to bevel the edges paper
thin while leaving the center thicker giving the finished feather a very
tool the back of the impressions to create
the effect of barbs. Using an Exacto knife, I cut the fluffs and between the barbs.
impressions are now prepared and ready to paint the fronts and
backs. The basic pattern is painted and then it is painted in
layers upon layers of thick and thin paint. The many layers of paint is what
helps to give the realistic appearance to my feathers.
is a reshaped 3" tail feather impression to create a Red Tail Hawk Wing
||Number 7 is a painted medium (1 1/2") Red Tail Hawk Wing Feather.
are 3 of the 26 steps to paint a Blue Jay Tail or Blue Jay Scapular
||The painted Blue Jay Scapular Feather is ready
to shape. It's now ready for the findings to be put on each item, and put on a
card. It takes eight steps for me to make the quill caps, and six steps for me to make the
French ear wires. The pin backs I use are nickel silver and the
nickel silver one piece French barrette backs are made in France.
||Finished Blue Jay Scapular Feather pin.
As with the Blue Jay Scapular
feather, each of the different feathers are painted with layers
upon layers of different colors and consistencies of paint, front and back, to create the illusion of a
labels are put on the front of the handmade jewelry cards and the code are put on the back of the cards. Holes or slits
are made in the cards, the jewelry item put on the cards, and then the final step of
attaching the Sunshine cleaning cloth to the back of the items that have
findings. My hand made Sterling Silver finding are not coated and
will tarnish so I provide a cleaning cloth.
|Caution: If you use
rubbing alcohol to sterilize the earring wires, DO NOT get any on the
painted feather as rubbing alcohol removes acrylic paint.