Friday, February 19, 2010

Feathers... natural miniatures

I found some perfect miniature feathers in our yard after a local feral cat had killed a bird. I washed them in hot soapy water let them dry then I put them in the freezer for about a week to kill any bugs or mites.
I had a neighbor had two pet birds she let me collect all the molted feathers I wanted. I crawled around on her floor picking tiny feathers out of the carpet for about an hour.
When I was in Girl Scouts we visited a local bird farm we were all given a peacock feather. After years of storage it had begun to look a little rough so I stripped them down for usable parts. I bought a small package of peacock feathers at some point too.
I even find myself saving the feathers that manage to escape from my down comforter. I just can't stop collecting them.

1 comment:

Peach Blossom Hill said...

When I get my basement cleaned up (I say WHEN--not if as I have to do that!) I want to drag out the aviary DH made me years ago and get some small finches to go in it. They should provide many mini feathers! I'll be interested to see what you do with yours?!