cleaning feathers

Posted by: RIR32

cleaning feathers - 09/02/06 01:32 PM

Does anyone know how to clean feathers without tearing them up? My wife makes dream catchers and dream weavers. would like to use our turkey or chicken feathers.
Posted by: CJR

Re: cleaning feathers - 09/02/06 02:21 PM

Jus wash them gently in soapy water (not detergent) softly close any webs, never rubbing the wrong way from the shaft. Let them dry on towels or airy place, and when dry, again, close any webs that are not solid, by sliding the hand down the shaft from quill end to tip. CJR--

A great project! And actually, if you have feathers with fluff attached, they are the nicest.
Posted by: Spotted Crow

Re: cleaning feathers - 09/14/06 04:13 PM

I use my birds'feathers to make Dreamcatchers also. And witch mirrors. I usually do the same to clean them.
Posted by: Silly Goose

Re: cleaning feathers - 09/24/06 02:05 PM

what's a witch mirror?
Posted by: Silly Goose

Re: cleaning feathers - 12/20/06 03:46 PM

what is a witch mirror???
Posted by: Spotted Crow

Re: cleaning feathers - 12/27/06 05:51 PM

Sorry I hadn't posted earlier.
A witch mirror is a protective device used to keep bad things at bay...It's an old vodun magick. It uses a mirror, black or silver cording, and 9 feathers from a black hen...Frizzled feathers are most effective. It allowed me to keep my crowing hen and keep the neighbours off my back about her.