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#65855 - 09/02/06 01:32 PM cleaning feathers
RIR32 Offline
Coop Cleaner

Registered: 07/09/05
Posts: 185
Loc: Kentucky
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.

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#65856 - 09/02/06 02:21 PM Re: cleaning feathers
CJR Online   content
Coop Master

Registered: 07/16/02
Posts: 8486
Loc: Montana
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.

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#65857 - 09/14/06 04:13 PM Re: cleaning feathers
Spotted Crow Offline
Ruler of the Roost

Registered: 07/24/03
Posts: 855
Loc: Massachusetts
I use my birds'feathers to make Dreamcatchers also. And witch mirrors. I usually do the same to clean them.

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#65858 - 09/24/06 02:05 PM Re: cleaning feathers
Silly Goose Offline
Chicken

Registered: 08/06/06
Posts: 127
Loc: Wisconsin
what's a witch mirror?

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#65859 - 12/20/06 03:46 PM Re: cleaning feathers
Silly Goose Offline
Chicken

Registered: 08/06/06
Posts: 127
Loc: Wisconsin
what is a witch mirror???

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#65860 - 12/27/06 05:51 PM Re: cleaning feathers
Spotted Crow Offline
Ruler of the Roost

Registered: 07/24/03
Posts: 855
Loc: Massachusetts
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.

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