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)
Step 7: Making Brackets
Take the Arizona Tea Gallon jug and cut out brackets. Use hole punch to make your hole. I cut these symmetrical and used a heat gun at the center to fold them over, letting the plastic cool in the folded position.
In this picture there are only two pieces of the jug, one for each bracket. I have folded it three times once to the left once in the center and once to the right.
Step 8: Securing Brackets to Harness Base
Take a drill and pre-drill holes in the upper and lower left and right corners for each bracket and over the brace too. Then screw in a washer and screw.
Step 9: Connetting Tail to Harness
Run our Chicago Screw through one bracket then add all the wire loops from your tail layers and through the next bracket. Screw in the end to complete the mechanism.
Step 10: Decorating/disguising Harness
Decorate harness with tulle, feathers and anything else you with or hide it under a shirt to hide the brace.
Step 11: Waist Band/Harness Sizing
Trim and secure the elastic band to the size you need. Decorate it if necessary. We added a tutu over it.
Take any other gallon jug containers and cut out the flat sides glue them to clear plastic (sold by the yard at some walmarts and Joann fabrics or use a large bag from a bedding set) so they fold symmetrically down the center. Cover with extra spear feathers and smaller eyes. Sew and glue to the very back layer of feathers in the center bottom to cover all the netting you can see. Punch a small hole in the upper left and right corners of the hard jug plastic. Run your fishing line through hole and secure. Feed the fishing line through the feathers when tail is in upright position. Make the fishing line long enough to run to the waist and around the front of the tummy when tail is laying down, cut. Add beads at the end of the line to create handles.
Step 13: Other Accessories
ENJOY trick or treating and getting lots of candy for the best costume of the night!
Other accessories we made:
Crown with real peacock head feathers and tulle glued into a plastic toy crown
Trick or Treat bag - was decorated with a tutu and puffy paint
Choker Necklace - Stretchy sequin band with Velcro and a large gem
Gloves - $1 store gloves with tulle, gems and trim glued to them with Helmar 450 quick dry (best glue around IMO)
Shawl - Knitted to be in shape of basic "wings" by my sister.