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04 Apr 2012 - 11:3281824
How to make feathers keep their shape
Hello I am making an outfit that doesn't actually show feathers but my plan is to use them XD They go all around the edge of the dress but my main consirn after seeing Kero's wings is the fact Feathers like to lose their shape and look horrible.
Thats before i even get to expo too!
so does anyone have anything to make feathers stay nice? Thanks!

04 Apr 2012 - 14:2781835
I've only worked with feathers once, and that was a craft project rather than cosplay, but one of my friends suggested a 'preening' method which actually worked really well! Basically, before you start and at decent intervals while you're working with said feathers, hold one by the tip of the quill and gently brush your fingers all the way up to the tip of the feather. Repeat on the other side and as often as you like. Keeping 'preening' the feathers like this should help them hold their shape - It certainly did for me - But you could also pick up a bird dust bath and brush that onto your feathers as well to help them hold their shape.

Hope it helps!

04 Apr 2012 - 14:3881836
Completely theoretical, but reading this I wonder if painting PVA glue onto the back/underside of the feathers would keep them un-ruffled but still looking natural on the top...

Generally I've always avoided feathers in bulk (one or two is easy to look after or replace) in favour of something painted to look like feathers.

04 Apr 2012 - 20:2681850
A light coating of hairspray might work.

If it can keep a wig looking good all day no reason why
it's shouldn't keep feathers looking good. GL with what everway works


04 Apr 2012 - 21:4081857
Thanks guys I shall try all these methods to see which turns up the best XD

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