The design came together through a random intersection of ideas that were stewing in my brain. I often hunt about for new materials and project supplies. I've found that following a trail of weird materials or random projects can lead to some pretty heavyweight inspiration if you're willing to plunge all the way down the rabbit hole. While investigating fox tails and kudu horns I came across a treasure trove of cheap feathers on eBay.
Given that I was already wearing my hair in a mohawk at the time I figured a feathery version could only add to the effect. Besides, I love to make stuff. Speaking of which, if you like this project you might want to check out my site and my store .
For this project you'll need:
* A sewing machine
* Unicorn buckram (I got mine at Jo-ann's)
* Goop (or any other gooey sticky glue)
* A brush
* A pencil
Step 1: Select Your Feathers
Feathers from different parts of a bird serve different purposes and will have a different look and properties. I used a combo of chicken wing and guinea feathers. The wing feathers are pretty straight and durable and the guinea feathers add variety and flair.
I picked two styles with complimentary colors, but you could just as easily mix and match. It's easy to come by peacock feathers , long tail feathers , and ones with extra fluff at the end. Go nuts.
Also, you're going to need more feathers than you think to complete the mohawk. Each bag of feathers is going to contain a good bit of fluff, broken feathers, and ones that just aren't pretty enough to make the grade. I went through ~50 wing feathers and ~100 guinea feathers with barely a handful to spare. Fortunately they totaled me about ten bucks so it's hard to complain.