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0:55 – Making Fake Feathers
2:44 – Attaching the Feathers
4:08 – Adding more Feathers & Covering the Frame
5:40 – Adding more Feathers after I already wore them to SDCC
7:22 – Subscribe & Like this Video
8:14 – Bloopers
8:56 – Patreon
INFO ABOUT FEATHERS-
First off, I’d like you to know that these wings were over a 3 year project. I started buying supplies for them 3 years ago, but didn’t actually get around to building them till just recently. And my ideologies and personal attitudes have changed since 3 years ago.
Feathers sold in bulk are often time from birds killed for the meat markets, but there are also birds raised solely for feather farming. A very cruel process of ripping out their feathers while the birds are still alive, letting them grow back and doing it again. And there’s no way to know if bulk feathers come from birds killed for meat or birds tortured for feather harvesting.
I now refuse to pay into this industry. But, 3 years ago I was naive and ignorant and bought feathers online from amazon and other cheap places. The long feathers i glued onto the wings i got from Amazon 2 years ago. All the turkey feathers were purchased for my very first set of wings 3 years ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNhobv5qHYQ&index=16&list=PLhgBCCprHwTZ-7f6KhEuAxWAnVbQm5nLt&t=5s. I actually ripped them all off those wings and reused them.
I already bought all those feathers so I used them. But any new feathers I bought I bought from cruelty free farmers who harvested feathers from natural molting:
I also used a lot of feathers I collected myself from my bird, and from birds who lived around my house. (We had a hawk, a peacock and lots of chickens living in the area by my old house. It was pretty cool and whenever i saw feathers on the ground I collected them)
*EDIT- I’ve been getting a few concerned comments about collecting feathers. So yes, it is illegal to collect feathers of certain birds in some states. But it’s not like I’m suggesting you rob a bank. It’s not a big deal. It’s like jaywalking. You know it’s illegal but sometimes you do it anyways. Not disrespecting anyone or the law, I’m just seizing opportunities. Like seeing a pretty feather and picking it up. Like seeing no cars coming on the street and running across. You do what you feel comfortable with 🙂
The small feathers on the edges if the frames were all bought responsibly. And a lot of feathers added in-between just to fill it out were from my scavenged collection.
So, if you want to buy real feathers for your wings I highly recommend buying cruelty free feathers. But they are expensive and hard to come by since birds don’t loose large feathers very often. Small, or down feathers, are shed regularly.
I have a bird, I would never rip out his feathers. Please don’t feed into the animal cruelty industry. But if you have, it’s OK, I have too. Just please think about changing your buying habits for next time.
Thank you~ and the bird thanks you too!
You can also be 100% animal friendly and make all the feathers for your wings! My two previous pairs of wings I made ALL the feathers and they looked really good.
PRODUCTS USED IN THIS VIDEO
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3 yards between brown cotton fabric (enough for the backs of around 20 feathers 5×30”)
3 yards white cotton fabric (enough for the backs of around 20 feathers 5×30”)
16 gauge wire
12 (thicker) gauge wire
Loctite Power Grab glue (1 tube made about 6 feathers)
Various long rooster feathers (first feathers I glued down to the fake feathers)
Rust-oleum Spray Paint – Nutmeg & Warm Caramel & Black
Large white turkey rounds
Various down feathers (gray & between small feathers on bottom edge of wings)
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