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How to make wooden feathers

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Painted wooden feathers made of pine. You can make them any size, but these are approximately 10" x 3" x .75". I made these at TechShop San Francisco (www.techshop.ws). These are great for using up scrap wood.
 
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Step 1: Cut your wood

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Cut your wood into the approximate length of the feathers you'd like to make. I used a chop saw, but you can also use a bandsaw, table saw, jigsaw or whatever you like. 

Step 2: Rough out the shape

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Cut out the general shape on a bandsaw. I did these freehand but you can draw out the shape with pencil if you'd like.

Step 3: Refine the shape

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If you'd like finer cuts, you can use a scroll saw.

Step 4: Sand it down

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Sand down the edges. I used a belt sander, but you can also do it by hand.

Step 5: Carve out more detail

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I then used a wood carving knife to carve out more detail (the "veins" or whatever you call them)

Step 6: Paint

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Paint them. I used acrylic paints, but you can used whatever you'd like. I started painting the veins first, then adding bits of color. You're done! To see what I've done with them, look for my upcoming instructable on how to make a big dreamcatcher.