Make Macaw Feathers
Now this is the long and tedious part but it’s also very rewarding.
With feathers I like them to be natural ~ not uniform….so I cut feathers by hand. I use a pair of sewing scissors and while watching tv have a basket in front of me and cut. So this is my process:
- Cut strips of blue, yellow and red depending on which macaw you are making.
- Cut the strips into 1cm in width x 30cm length ( but this is roughly the length of my card) so the length does not matter.
- Then I quickly cut rectangles about 2.5 cm. This does not have to be exact. I don’t measure it with a ruler. I use my eye and start cutting. I will then cut smaller ones which are around the 1.5cm length as this for around the head area particularly the around the eye, neck and bottom of the leg area.
So you for the scarlet macaw you need:
- 400-500 red feathers
- 400- 600 dark blue feathers
- 200-300 yellow feathers
- 60-80 light blue feathers.
If you are doing it for a different coloured macaw you will have to modify the amount of coloured feathers that you make.
I really do every thing by eye and I have a paper cup or container each for the coloured feathers and a bin near by that as you cut out the feather, the excess drops into a bin or onto the floor. Your scissors need to be comfortable as I do sit for hours doing this while I watch television.
After they are cut out, I will put a small end on them like the video and then sometimes I will fold the ends slightly in half. This is so they hug the body….well that is what I think.
The next step is putting the base of the body together for the macaw as this also takes a bit of time and patience. I use a glue gun to attach the feathers for the next step. If you do not have a glue gun and are using just paste glue, I find that the paste glue takes too long holding it in place.
Anyway until next time!