This is a tutorial on how to make a fully articulated peacock tail. Please leave comments below to let me know what you think or if you have any questions. Thanks!
Child size - 150 feathers eyes and spears
Adult - 200+ feathers
Heavy gauge wire
1 - Chicago Screw
1 - Arizona Ice tea Bottle
8 - washers
8 - screws
Elastic band 3"
Wooden board (if you desire the harness we created)
Harness of your choice (able to have something screwed into it
Step 1: Layout
Layout your feathers to create different layers of lengths. Each length becomes one layer.
Step 2: Netting base
Cut different sizes of netting to form the base of the layers.
Step 3: Weaving Quills
Weave the quills into the netting to help secure them in. Then trim all excess length on the quills.
Tip: if they won't weave easily then add some tape to the end to make a point.
Step 4: Securing Quills
Hot glue each feather in two or three places along the quill with the netting. This held up very well trick or treating, even with people stepping on it. Yet please be careful and try to avoid that it will bend or break the feathers.
Step 5: Wire Supports
Cut wire and bend a circle around your pin so the wire will rotate freely around.
Trim off excess wires at the circle on the end or it will catch in the netting.
Step 6: Wire Supports #2
Layout your largest layer of feathers first. Add two wires about 2"-3" apart from each other equal distant from the center. Trim the wires down so they are just long enough to be ran from the bottom center of the layer, weaving in and out of the netting till it reaches the quill of the feather you are wanting to hide it in. Then slowly insert the wire into the quill shaft until it cant go any more. This masks the wires and supports the height of the tail
Repeat this for every layer... altering from two wires to one in the center back to two wires. Until all layers are done. (smaller layers only need one)