Curled Goose Feathers


Finished curled goose shoulder feathers
Finished curled goose shoulder feathers
Feathers on 20
Feathers on 20"s hat
Twenties hat full frame
Twenties hat full frame
Vintage Edwardian fan
Vintage Edwardian fan I'm not sure just what feather was used to make this fan but I'm thinking now that they are short turkey tail feathers, see the examples below. They where curled with an iron and not by hand but, I'm having much more suscess curling by hand,
Sort feathers
Sort feathers
Pull the downey barbs off
Pull the downey barbs off
Strip about 15 feathers and clip away the excess stem.
Strip about 15 feathers and clip away the excess stem.
1) Hold the feather in your non-dominate hand with the stem away. USe the tip of the scissors to separate a 1/4
1) Hold the feather in your non-dominate hand with the stem pointing away. Use the tip of the scissors to separate a 1/4" sections of the barbs.
2) Use you thumb to press the barbs between the blade and your thumb.
2) Use your thumb to press the barbs between the blade and your thumb.
3) Pull while twisting clockwise, repeat as necessary to achieve a nice curl.
3) Pull while twisting your wrist clockwise, repeat as necessary to achieve a nice curl.
4) Use the tip of the scissors to isolate 1/4
4) Use the tip of the scissors to isolate 1/4" of barbs.
Repeat steps 2-4 until you finish the side.
Repeat steps 2-4 until you finish the side.
Flip the feather over and repeat 1-4 until you finish curling this side.
Flip the feather over and repeat 1-4 until you finish curling this side.
Here is a stack of curled feathers organize by size.
Organize the feathers by size.
Bundle the feathers in three and tape them together with w 3 to 4
Bundle the feathers in threes and tape them together with a 3 to 4" length of thin covered wire.
Tape the bundles together.
Tape the bundles together stagered so they form a wing shape.
Turkey tail feathers on right single goose feather on left.
Turkey tail feathers on right and single goose feather on left. Turkey flats (body feathers) could be curled by hand but would not be large enough for a fan like the one in the top row. I think that a nice fan could be made with goose shoulder feathers except for the cupping of the feathers while turkey tail feathers are flat.