Fancy writing with a feather, but can't stand the hassle and mess of dipping it in ink?
The modern quill pen is as clean as a Biro and writes for just as long
Let me show you how I make them
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Step 1: Find Your Feather
You'll need a flight feather of at least 6" in length
I live near the sea, so I just went down to the beach and found one from a gull
Warning:Feathers can carry diseases, so wear gloves or wash hands after handling initially. Wash with detergent and then sterilize with alcohol or similar
Step 2: Tart Up Your Feather
Unless you're lucky, your feather will need a brush to make it look good
Flight feathers have hooks to keep the featherletts (is there such a word) together. Brushing can disturb these and make the feather look lovely and whispy. Of course the choice is yours.
Step 3: Install the Writing Bit
Salvage a Biro cartridge from a cheap pen
Snip the base of the feather off so that you get a hole the same diameter as the cartridge
Push the cartridge up inside the feather, adding a spot of super glue just as the nib gets close
Step 4: Try It Out!
It's as simple as that!
Now try it out, and imagine yourself as a script to a medieval King or Queen
Thanks for reading my instructable. I hope you enjoyed it.