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Quirky Cartridge Feather Trends

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on September 16, 2016

in CRAFT,DECOR,DIY,FASHION,FEATHER TRENDS

Unique and quirky cartridge feather trends are the perfect way to show individuality and express your inner country spirit. Handmade using spent cartridge shells and feathers, these one of a kind hat pins, lapel pins, earrings and decor trends are perfect whether you are looking to make affordable rustic decorations while also making great keepsakes and gifts. Quirky Cartridge Feather Trends Collage2We searched the handmade section of Etsy and found several shops where you can find these one of a kind handmade cartridge + feather trends … You can even purchase empty shells for your own DIY projects.

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Shop for Natural and Dyed Rooster Feathers , Guinea Quills, Pheasant Tails Feathers and Plumage to make your very own feathered cartridge and spent shell inspired project … If you are inspired to make a Cartridge Pin or Broach these pre-made feather pins and feather trims are a great way to get started.Feather Pins and Trims Collage

DIY Monster Feather Wreath

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on September 9, 2016

in COSTUME,CRAFT,DECOR,DIY,FEATHER TRENDS,HOLIDAY

Monster Feather Wreath

A Halloween checklist; Costume? Check. Candy? Check. Spooky decorations? Let’s check that one off the list right now. This Monster Feather Wreath is a not too scary and easy enough to enlist crafting help from little hands. So grab your little gremlins, a few supplies, and get crafty! You’ll have a fun Halloween decoration before you can say, “trick or treat!”

Feather Materials
Feather Green Circle  Wreath Form

Feather Green Circle  Chandelle Feather Boas (2)

Feather Green Circle   Hot Glue

Feather Green Circle  Pipe Cleaners

Feather Green Circle   Googly Eyes

Feather Directions

STEP 1. Begin wrapping a chandelle feather boa around the wreath form. Attach with hot glue.

Monster Feather Wreath

STEP 2. Trim a 4 inch length of pipe cleaner and wrap it around a pencil to form a spring. Leave one end straight to stick into the wreath form.

Monster Feather Wreath

STEP 3. Glue a googly eye on the curly end of the pipe cleaner spring. Repeat this process until you have 15-20 eyes, or as many as you think will cover your wreath.

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STEP 4. Insert the eyes into the wreath form until the wreath has plenty of peepers. Hang on your door and let the scares begin!

Monster Feather WreathStay tuned and be on the lookout for more DIY feather crafts and children’s costume ideas using feather products from The Feather Place. You can also visit our Halloween Projects ideas!
Monster Feather Wreath

 

Back to School Feather Topped Pencils

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on August 19, 2016

in CRAFT,DIY,FEATHER TRENDS

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Back to School Feather Topped Pencils – The perfect end of summer craft project for kids. Decorating their school pencils with colorful and fluffy feathers. We have step by step instructions below for this affordable craft idea. Kids will have fun making these adorable feather topped pencils and fun showing off their artwork when they return to school!
Feather Materials
Feather Green Circle  Pencil

Feather Green Circle  Washi or Other Decorative Tape

Feather Green Circle  White Glue

Feather Green Circle  Glitter

Feather Green Circle  Strung Feathers

Feather Green Circle  Hot Glue

Feather Directions

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STEP 1. Wrap the pencil in a fun and colorful tape. There are lots of great washi tapes available— like this glitter one we are using!

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STEP 2. Cut a short length of strung feather (about and inch will do) and hot glue it around the eraser of the pencil. If you have loose feathers on hand, those can be glued on individually for the same effect, but with a bit more effort.

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STEP 3. Wrap more tape around the base of the feathers to cover the string parts.

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STEP 4. Dab a layer of white glue around base of the feather (we went down about an inch) and apply glitter.

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STEP 5. Sharpen your pencil and get going! This pencil is good for taking diligent class notes, composing compelling essays, and (of course) the occasional doodle!

Feathered Nest Bridal Shower

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on July 1, 2016

in BRIDAL,CRAFT,DECOR,FEATHER TRENDS

Today we are sharing these eco-chic Feathered Nest Bridal Shower decorations. My childhood friend created these for her sister’s bridal shower this summer using an assortment of feathers from The Feather Place! How sweet are these!? Don’t you just love how she incorporated real feathers into the centerpieces, banner and pens… it’s all in the details right! Below you will find her step by step instructions so you can DIY your own Feathered Nest theme party and gathering!

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FEATHER & LAVENDER CENTERPIECE

Feathers (4 types) Guinea, Duck, Goose and Pheasant Feathers
SNÄRTIG vase from IKEA (or any vase with a small diameter opening)
Acrylic Paint
Sponge paint brush
Suede cord (approx 8.5in). Any length by preference
Beads
Glue gun
Glue sticks
Fresh cut lavender

1. Paint vase with 1 coat and then again with a 2nd coat

2. Cut several (approx 3 stems) of freshly grown lavender

3. Gather feathers together with the largest feather set St the back of the bunch. Dollap glue at the stems of the feathers to hold the bunch together

4. Place lavender stems in vase

5. Place glued feather bundle in vase

6. Thread beads through Suede string and tie knots at each end to hold beads in place.

7. Tie beaded string around the neck of the vase.

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FEATHER BRIDAL BANNER

Feathers (4 types) Guinea, Duck, Goose and Pheasant Feathers
Card stock
Scissors
Scrapbook straight edge cutter (optional)
Hemp string
Leather bunting string
Glue gun
Glue sticks
Beads
Sticker letters

1. From a 12×12 cardstock cut 8 banner flags. Each approx 2 3/4in W x 6in L.

2. Place sticker letters on each flag making sure enough space is left for cutting triangle slit from the bottom of each flag.

3. Measure 1 1/2in up from the bottom of each flag and gauge where the centre is to cut the triangle slit.

4. Punch 2 holes at top of each flag to thread Hemp string through.

4. Add beads to the Hemp string.

5. Gather one of each feather type and bundle together using Hemp string.

6. Flip banner to have the back facing you. Then glue the feather bundle to the Hemp string in between each flag.

7. Glue the leather bunting string to both ends of the banner for that finishing touch.

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Get up close and personal with Waldo Nell’s “microscopic” photo series of Peacock Feathers. At first glance, it looks like we are looking at at a luxurious tapestry or the work of a talented jeweler, yet after further inspection you come to realize that you are in act looking at the extraordinary details of peacock feathers.

Extraordinary Details | Peacock Feathers

A a software engineer by day, Nell uses a Olympus BX 53 microscope and a technique called “photo stacking” to get detailed photos of ordinary objects like feathers, seeds and even orange juice ; producing images that are extraordinary and somewhat psychedelic ! Get inspired and view more work here…!

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DIY Wild at Heart Feather Wreaths

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on January 15, 2016

in CRAFT,DECOR,DIY,FEATHER TRENDS,HOLIDAY

DIY Wild at Heart Feather Wreath

Home is where this Heart is this Valentine’s Day. Express your love and fall head over heels with these handcrafted Wild at Heart Feather Wreaths. With several different ways to use feathers and feather products…the possibilities are endless! Be sure to also check out our past Valentine’s Day DIY tutorial here.

Feather Materials

  • Styrofoam Heart
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Push Pins

Wild at Heart Feather Wreath

Feather Directions

STEP 1.

Begin wrapping the ribbon around the heart wreath. We used 3 yards total for the larger wreath. This will vary depending on the size of the wreath. When you get to the center of the heart cut the ribbon and glue the end onto the wreath. Repeat this step on the opposite side of the wreath until it’s completely wrapped.

wild-at-heart-feather-wreath-step1-collageSTEP 2.

Cut feathers to desired length. The length you trim off the feather may vary depending on the size and style of the wreath.

Wild at Heart Feather WreathSTEP 3.

There are several fun & different ways to arrange your feathers. On our larger wreath we glued the feathers down in a tight color coordinated pattern.

Wild at Heart Feather WreathSTEP 4.

On our second smaller wreath we chose to flip the feathers up and glue them down in a loose color coordinated pattern. Using push pins can be handy to help hold your feathers in place as you are assembling.

Wild at Heart Feather WreathSTEP 5.

As a finishing touch, you can glue a feather boa to the back of the wreath to add a little flare.

Wild at Heart Feather WreathSTEP 6.

Last use a push pin and some glue to attach a loop of ribbon to make a hanging tie at the center of the wreath.
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Wild at Heart Collage

DIY Feathered Costume Ideas

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on August 31, 2015

in COSTUME,CRAFT,DIY,FEATHER TRENDS

With summer coming to an end, We are looking forward to the coolness of fall and of course HALLOWEEN!!! Every year we are inspired by all of the creative things you can do with Feathers for Halloween! Let us help you create a one of a kind costume like the DIY Feathered Costume Ideas pictured below.

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Transform your child into a feathered Pretty Peacock a Cute Chick or Spunky Skunk this Halloween with these fabulous DIY costumes from The Feather Place! DIY with Marabou Boas, Chandelle Boas, Ostrich and Peacock Feathers…Your child will be the envy of his/her classmates in one of these magical DIY feathered costumes!

DIY Feathered Costume Ideas

Click on each image for step by step instructions and feather product information. Make sure to also check out our full line of Halloween products HERE!

DIY Feathered Costume Ideas

The Art of Feather Quill Pens

by The Feather Place NYC on April 3, 2015

in CRAFT,DIY,FEATHER TRENDS

The Art of Feather Quill Pens

The Art of Feather Quill Pens

From Shakespeare (In Love), to the halls of Hogwart’s or even Alicia Silverstone in Clueless, feather quill pens have long been the tool of choice for the dutiful scribe looking for a more elegant take on penmanship. Feathers just somehow seem to add a bit of flair to the art of writing, or signing your signature.

The Art of Feather Quill Pens

And while that fancy pink poof pen from Clueless isn’t really the type of quill we’re talking about here, it does show the range of what one can do with a pen! You may be surprised to find out that the market for quill pens is a flourishing one, full of creative and inspired designers — have a look at the amazing work coming out of the deviant art community, etsy artists, and blueskypapers.com!  And of course, if you want to DIY your own feather quill pen, you know The Feather Place is your source for all varieties of feathers.

The Art of Feather Quill Pens

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The Art of Feather Quill Pens

Traditionally, quill pens are made by using a penknife to clean and cut away the quill tip of the feather in order to fashion what’s know as a nib — follow the link here for a step-by-step picture guide to making a quill pen. The cutting of the nib allows for the ink to flow smoothly out of the quill when pressed down on a surface. And if you’re just in the market for a sharp-looking quill pen, but don’t want the hassle of fashioning one yourself, simply find the feather of your dreams, then purchase a metal nib (readily available online) to place on the end of the feather quill. Being shaped the same, the metal nib basically does the work of making the quill for you!

The Art of Feather Quill Pens

The Feather Place, being your favorite retailer of high-quality feather products, has a feather for every type of quill pen, from the standard Barred Turkey Feather quill, to the sleek and smart-looking Goose Pointer quill, and even the ultra-luxurious Ostrich Plume quill. So if you’re looking to fancify your handwriting, or if you’re just looking to try your hand at an age-old technique of crafting feathers into quill pens, look no further than The Feather Place to find the perfect fit!

A YEAR IN FEATHERS

A YEAR IN FEATHERS

From Betsey Johnson’s flirty feathered runway looks to the loss of comedian Joan Rivers and fashion icon Oscar De La Renta, 2014 sure did have it’s noteworthy feathered fashion moments.  Looking back at 2014, Here are some of the top trending feathered moments.

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BROOKLYN MUSEUM RETROSPECTIVE – Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibits His Love for Feathers at the Brooklyn Museum.

This Marchesa collection is for the romantic woman, featuring lightly feathered looks fit for queens.

NY FASHION WEEK – This Marchesa 2014 collection is for the romantic woman, featuring lightly feathered looks fit for queens.

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MARDI GRAS 2014 – Who let the dogs out…!? Even mans best friend reveled at the 2014 Barkus Mardi Gras parade! Check out how cute they look in their feathered mask and parade float! FYI :  Mardi Gras 2015 comes early next year on Tuesday, February 17th… Plan for 2015 fat Tuesday celebration costumes in advance and SHOP at The Feather Place for all of your feathered needs! 

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NYC FIT “Fowl Play” – The Feather Place has proudly collaborated with FIT, The Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC, to bring a wonderful feathered exhibit created by Visual Presentation students. Named “Fowl Play”, the exhibition explores ornithology (the study of birds) and how nature inspires fashion. All of the feathers used in this exhibit were supplied by The Feather Place and can all be purchased right here at Featherplace.com.

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CARNIVAL SAN FRANCISCO 2014 – Hundreds of thousands of residents, tourist and revelers hit the streets of San Francisco Memorial Day weekend to help celebrate it’s 36th anniversary! What we love the most about this event is the variety of cultures represented in the parades contingent! Included are feathered representatives from Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Mexico, Colombia, Trinidad, Cuba and islands throughout the Caribbean !

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BURNING MAN 2014 – Feathers make a come back at Burning Man! The Burning Man Official Blog announces that “…if you want to wear feathers, that’s fine … but make sure they’re attached in ways that won’t fail, and if you can’t then don’t wear them, because it’s on YOU if they become MOOP. (And that goes for anything you bring to Black Rock City.)”

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FASHION WEEK NYC – Betsey Johnson’s SS15 feathered collection was front and center and in true Betsey Johnson form; an Over the top, ultra girly “Love and Marriage” themed extravaganza!

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SAYING GOODBYE TO JOAN RIVERS – We are certainly going to miss Joan Rivers ruffling everyone’s feathers on the red carpet and in her E Entertainment TV series  “Fashion Police“!

oscarA FEATHERED FAREWELL TO OSCAR DE LA RENTA – The fashion industry lost one of it’s greatest fashion icons this October. “I don’t really know how to do casual clothes.”- Oscar de la Renta

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BIRDS OF PARADISE EXHIBITION – Birds of Paradise – Plumes and Feathers in Fashion ; The exhibition runs from October 25 until 19 April 2015. We wish we could travel across the pond to see this spectacular show.

VictoriaSecret2014LondonVICTORIA’S SECRET 2014 FASHION SHOW – Last but not least the Victoria’s Secret 2014 Fashion Show in London. Karlie Kloss and her handcrafted 18kt gold gilded feather angel wings stole the show! The Feather Place is lucky to have an inside scoop on the creation of these spectacular feather wings every year when we help handcraft these towering beauties!

As we look back upon the past year, we would like to acknowledge those who have helped us shape our business. Thanks for a great year, and we wish you all the best as you embark on 2015.

HAPPY NEW YEAR – From your friends @THEFEATHERGIRL

 

Plumed Piranha

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on November 21, 2014

in CRAFT,DECOR,FEATHER TRENDS,FINE ART

Plumed Piranha

Plumed Piranha by French artist Julien Salaud 3This Plumed Piranha by French artist Julien Salaud uniquely combines a well preserved taxidermic pirahna with beautiful moulted bird plumage!

“…carefully arranging the plumage to reflect the original patterning along the fish…Salaud has created the quintessential frankenfish!” – www.designboom.com

Plumed Piranha by French artist Julien SalaudNo doubt, this is the quintessential Frankenfish – Artfully strange and mystical in the same breath! For more information about this artist and to see more of his feather art, press this link.

“…In the artist’s own words, each of his works offers “a different point of view regarding what an animal can be (that of the Cartesian or the geneticist, the predator or the prey, the sorcerer or the mystic)”. – www.palaisdetokyo.com/en/julien-salaud

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