If you have been wondering how to make a nice-looking Feather Mardi Gras mask, then you will want to know all of the details which are involved. First you will need to decide on a material for the mask you want to make. This will be the foundation of the entire mask, so it is very important. Some of the different choices you have are cardboard, paper, or craft foam. The easiest way to do this is to purchase a cheap plastic mask from a dollar store to build on. After you decide on the material you will need to come up with an overall design for the mask you want to make.
Chances are you don’t have everything you need at home, so you will want to make a list of everything you need. Some of these things include scissors, markets, glue, and assorted decorative materials such as feathers,ribbons, and beads and a stick or dowel to put on the side of your mask to hold it. Depending on if you want tot cover the mask with feathers or arrange the feathers around the mask, you may need supplies to jazz up the mask. Glitter, metalic paint or sequins and beads will work great. Put the mask on your face first just so you know the eye holes are aligned correctly. Then lay out your decorations on the mask to begin the process of the design. You can be generous or sparse with the feathers. It depends on how much of an impact you want to make when you are wearing it. I like a lot of feathers. Rooster, Boa, Macaw, Ostrich, and Peacock feathers all are good choices.
A glue gun is preferred when doing this type of project, so you will want to spend around 10 minutes heating it up before you move on. After it is ready you will want to place a small drop of glue on the back of your mask. This is the point where you must decide whether you want your Mardi Gras mask on a stick to be either right-handed or left-handed. This will end up making a difference, so choose carefully. Place a stick that is around 6-8 inches onto the glue firmly and hold for a few minutes until it has a chance to stick to the mask completely.
You will also need to think about how you will decorate your mask, because that it something very important to consider. Some people choose to cover their entire mask with tin foil for a nice effect, while others choose to paint the mask Mardi Gras colors. You can also decorate your stick. Pick up some glitter and ribbons from a craft store near you, so you will be able to sprinkle it all over the mask. Add a couple of ribbons as wellas the feathers so it will look especially unique. And don’t forget to decorate or pain the stick!
This art project gives you a chance to be creative, so make sure you think of a lot of good ideas that will set your mask apart from everyone else’s. Remember that in a sea of faces, yours should stand out as being particularly special.
So what else can we do with all of these feathers for sale? I just saw a great idea for a simple feather skirt using feather fringe. I haven't tried it myself yet, but when I do I'll add the pictures. Basically you take a skirt and add feather fringe or trim to the bottom hem. You can do this by buying feather fringe already constructed or find some feathers you like and make your own.
To make your own you will need the feathers, some fabric and a sewing machine. Start with a light material. Nylon lining should work well. Measure the opening of your skirt bottom all around the hem. Cut the fabric at that length and about one and a half inches. Fasten with thread or glue the feathers quill end to the fabric being careful to fasten only on half of the one and a half inches. Then fold the material over and stitch down the strip right over the feathers to secure them and give a nice finish to the fringe. Here are a few examples of feather trim.
After you have the fringe, glue the fabric part around the inside of a skirt at the hem. You will want the feathers to hang down about 3" from the bottom of the skirt. Kind of like if your slip was showing. You can see what I'm talking about in this video from a morning show.
Adding a bit of feather fringe to any garment you own will bring it right up to date. This is just too easy not to try !
Update to this Post: Wow I just saw a skirt just like this and the price in the boutique was 279.00. Can you believe it? The feathers at the hem were attached using what looked like a seam binding material. They added a row of fluffy feathers (Boa) at the waist to mimic a feather belt. Very Cute!
There are many ways to use feathers for Christmas decor and feather wreaths are probably the most spectacular. I am going to take you through the easy process of creating three different styles, after that let your imagination take over!
The first and maybe the simplest is a feather boa wrapped around a wreath form. Start with a styrofoam form in the size and shape of your choosing. I use a round 16" for a large door. Feather boas come in many different colors. I choose one color usually either red, white, green,or silver gray, because I like the solid color effect. Now warm up the glue gun or you can use small thumb tacks the same color as your feathers.
Take the end of the boa and fasten it with a drop of the glue or a tack to the foam. from there begin to wrap the strand around the form adhering the boa at least every two wraps as you go. You may need two boas for this job. After the form is completely wrapped secure the end. And that's it! You have a beautiful fluffy wreath. Keep it simple after that or add a shiny satin bow or sparking ornaments.
The second style is easy too. This time purchase a straw wreath form in the size you prefer. You will need something to poke starter holes and a sharpened pencil or a pen will work. This time you are going to use single feathers. These should be large. Rooster tail feathers work well for this and can be purchased in bright colors. Depending on the size of the wreath you will need about 50 to 75 feathers. Begin around the inside of the wreath form and use your pen to poke a small hole. Insert the pointed end of the feather into the hole and a little farther so it is secure. Continue around overlapping the feathers as you go so the straw doesn't show. Beautiful!
The third wreath I will discuss isn't all feathers. In this wreath you simply use feathers as an accent. Reuse a wreath from last year or buy an inexpensive one to make over. Secure feathers by using glue or tacks depending on the form material. Use a smattering of fluffy marabou feathers or use peacock feathers to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. Remember you can find feathers for sale on this site, so have a look around and see if anything strikes your fancy! And remember a feather wreath isn't just for Christmas decor. These are great all year round.
Feathers are traditionally used for fly tying, and there are many different kinds which fishermen choose when going out on the boat. One of the most common feathers used for this purpose is golden pheasant. They are used mostly for artificial flies to catch salmon and trout as well as steelhead. The reason that most fishermen use these type of feathers is because they have all the different attractive qualities like color and brightness that are sought out when it comes to fly tying.
Goose biots are also used a lot for fly fishing. They can be found on the very edge of a bird’s wings. Typically fishermen tie these on to a hook shank and they make a great way to catch a number of fish. Although they tend to taper quickly, they are extremely durable, which is just one of the reasons why they are used so much in fishing. If you choose to use these, the best thing you can do is to store them in water for several months. Doing this will help to harden and keep them from becoming too bridle when you finally go fishing.
Hackle is also used in fly tying, and technically this refers to an entire group of feathers, so there are many different options in terms of what you can use. Roosters and hens make up most hackle, and their feathers tend to be very colorful and good for attracting fish in the water. Saddle hackle is especially good for this purpose, and it is located on the backside of the bird. A hackle cape is a great thing to use in fishing, as well as the neck of one of these birds. They are generally very colorful and go along with many wet fly patterns which many fishermen tend to lean towards for this sport.
With the proper tools almost any feather can be used as a fly tying feather.
Of course marabou is also commonly used in fly tying. Because they have especially flexible barbs, they are great to take when going fly fishing. Originally marabou came from the Marabou stork, which is a species that is native to parts of Africa. One of the reasons that true Marabou feathers are so expensive is because it is illegal to harvest them for their feathers. Nowadays these kinds of feathers come from various species of chickens and turkeys. Although they can still be very effective in fly fishing, they are not as good as the original.
Ostrich plumes are another good type of feather for fly tying. They come from ostriches which are native to Africa and are great for feathers which are often used for fly tying by fishermen all over the world. The fact that they have large quills is definitely a plus in terms of how effective they are on the water. Although they are less colorful than many other feathers, they can be used in many different fly recipes and are extremely versatile. They are definitely one of the preferred feathers to use when it comes to effective fly tying.
Finding a variety of feathers for sale can be a challenging endeavor. Second rate chopped and dyed feathers are available at some hobby stores, but buying from a bird owner will give the best quality.
Feathers can be utilized for tying fishing flies, costumes, jewelry, and many other crafty projects. Try making a dream catcher or a necklace. Fans, large or small are very sellable and are used in dance, as part of a costume or in ceremonies. Decorating with feathers is trendy. Try a vase full of colorful Macaw and pheasant plumes or add a few feathers in with your flowers. Update your fall wardrobe with several well placed pieces or layer over a mini skirt for something fabulous.
Look for feathers specific to your project, know the sizes and colors to look for. They should be clean and may have visible barbs on the end of the quill. Sizes can range from an inch to over 25 inches long.one-half inch to 26 inches long. This should be noted by your seller, but if not just ask. Also if shade of color needs to be very specific,ask the seller to verify as sometimes (depending on your computer) shade could be off a tad.
Whether you need to find Feathers for Sale for crafts, costumes, or fly tying, I am sure you want to find the best price. To find the best deals on quality, cruelty free feathers click around this site and I'm sure you will find exactly what you need along with advice and instruction. You may end up finding out more than you wanted to about finding feathers for sale.
Just had to add a side note here. I have been seeing the most beautiful feather accessories this season. I will be adding a post a little later devoted to adding a feather touch to your look. Just thought I'd give you a heads up though in case you want to get started collecting feathers to work with.
About the Feathers
Most of the Feathers offered for sale on this site are naturally molted. Some are a product of an agricultural process that delivers food to our table.