Dont worry this does have to do with halloween! This could be a great prop If you needed to do some writing at a haunted house or halloween party !Here are two simple ways to make a fake and real feather quill or pen. These can be used in a witch or wizard costume, if you are doing some sort of big setup or haunted house or something that involves writing. They are really easy and virtually free to make!

First of all you must pick the right feather, the bigger longer and fatter the feather the better, although for the fake quill, the stem has to be relatively thin.

Step 1: The Real way

Making a traditional feather quill is not hard. Really the only thing hard is learning to write with one. The tip is flat so you can only draw down strokes. It leaves you writing in Gothic script but it still looks cool and is fun, but not very practical for everyday note-taking and stuff like that. All you need to do is cut a diagonal cut (with scissors or a small knife) across the tip of the feather, you will be writing on the pint of this tip. You can make it a little wider for calligraphy or thinner for normal writing but remember, you cant draw going up sow your going to have to work out some sort of gothic script. I learned by the picture below.
Great instructable!<br /> What kind of ink are you using with the real quill?
india probably
in step two, what do you mean by "...you cant draw going up..."?
you cannot move the pen upwards while writing. Only downward strokes.
thank you for this. I made one with this huge feather i found in the field behind my neihgberhood.
Also, this is useful in a ritualistic setting (i.e. Wiccan/Neopagan)
yeah this is totally halloween but those instructable guys haven't let it in the contest!
like Ifer said,"Where's you get the feathers?".
I got the feathers from some sand dunes/ beach this is one of the best place to get them because there are lots of gulls and sea birds around the coast and the feathers either fall in the water and get washed up ashore and stuck in grasses and such or if the feathers are dropped over the dunes they will fly across the sand until they hit a tuft of grass and they will get stuck there. So all in all the best place to get feathers is near the sea.
Where's you get the feathers?
oh sweet id never think of that!
Without tempering the tip a quill will not be sturdy enough for extended use. You can bake (@ 350 15-20 min) or heat on the stove, both in a can full of sand. This will harden the tip and make it easier to carve and last a bit longer.
oh wow i didnt know at all about that thanks!
awesome idea there...goto try it next timei fall into some feathers

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