At the end of the instructable, I will show some different examples of how to embellish the feathers.
If clarification is needed, please ask.
Tool and material list:
Paper and pattern
Piece of 3/4 ounce carving leather (The large feather needs a piece about 3 inches by 12 inches. The smaller feather needs a piece about 2 1/2 by 7 inches)
Stylis or ball point pen
Swivel knife or paring knife (not too sharp as you only want to cut about 1/2 the depth of the leather)
Beveler or small spoon with smooth and fairly thin side
Mallet and marble block ( only if using beveler)
Dremal with sand paper wheel
Craft paints Burnt Umber and sand or some other off white paint
Spray finish, clear either matte or satin
Step 2: Leather "Eagle" Feather
Dampen your leather with the sponge. Do not soak the leather. Let the leather dry for a short period of time. The leather will
return to almost its original color.
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press firmly as you trace around the pattern. Also trace the spine of the feather. This will leave the pattern on the leather. Remove
the pattern and the plastic wrap.
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through the leather. Cut up to half the depth of the leather.
Step 5: Leather "Eagle" Feather
To bevel essentially means to press down the leather around your design. to give some diminsion to the design. This will make it
easier to cut out.
If using the spoon edge, you follow the pattern by pushing the spoon around the pattern. I found that pushing worked better than
pulling. Use a firm touch while doing this. Do this around the spine of the feather too.
Step 6: Leather "Eagle" Feather
Angle the striations slightly upward. do this on both sides of the spine.
around the feather. You want to cut the feather away from the excess leather.
sanding wheel. You want to make the edges fairly thin and leave the center and down toward the quill a little thicker. I do this
outdoors because it is very messy with leather dust flying everywhere.
the edge of the feather. Then on the main part of the feather, make 3 to 5 cuts through the leather, with some on each side,again about 1/3 to 1/2 the distance from the edge to the quill. At this point, you may want to dampen the leather again. At the bottom cuts, flip the cut edges up. On the main body cuts, twist and turn them any way that gives some interesting diminsion to the feather. Wet leather will hold it shape. Let these dry. You can speed up this step with a hair dryer.
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in whatever off white paint you chose. I then take a stiff brush and with some of the burnt umber slightly thinned, I flick some brown
spots on the white part of the feather.
After the paint dries, the feather is ready for the finish coat. Take it outdoors or in a well ventilated room and spray with the clear matte or satin finish. You may the embellish it in any way you like.
Step 11: Leather "Eagle" Feather
ebay. Tandy is one of the stores that are found nation wide. The scraps can be a little expensive, so the best bet is if you can find a
leather worker. Let me tell you, they always have scraps.
Please feel free to ask questions or make suggestions. Also, I am entering this in the up contest and the indestructable contest, any votes would be appreciated.