How to CLEAN feathers
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Hi Y'all -
I'm wanting to make earrings with feathers. Does any one know how to clean them, to get the dirt out of them and make the hygienic to sell them to the public without ruining them?
Can't find any info on google about this, only that steam cleanings is good. How to do this or any other good feather cleaning tips?
Posted at 6:15pm Apr 15, 2009 EDT
Cleaning out my craft closet tonight (*gasp* - I need to do a serious destash!)
Came across a bag of feathers that say "Dyed feathers are not colorfast". So if you need to clean some feathers from the craft store be aware that the colors may run if you apply any steam or liquid to them.
On a semi-related note, I had to dye a feather red once - super concentrated Kool-Aid (sans sugar) did the trick (and they smelled fruity too!)
Hope this helps!
Posted at 2:56am Apr 16, 2009 EDT
I use feathers and would not feel happy about using feathers found on the ground. I keep chickens and ducks and would never dream of using them.
If someone bought an item from you and then they fell ill and it was found to be bird related you are in a heap lot of trouble.
I should buy your feathers from a reputable carft shop.
Posted at 3:11am Apr 16, 2009 EDT
Steam cleaning = hold them (carefully) infront of a steaming spout from a kettle or steam cleaner (like the ones of kitchen tiles) or a steam iron stood upright (but you have to pump the steam from that)
Steam is a well known cleanser & deodorizer.
But there can be all sorts of mites and bacteria in feathers.
Posted at 12:26pm Apr 16, 2009 EDT
Your profile doesn't give your location. If you're in the US, contact your state's Department of Fish & Game or it could be called Department of Wildlife (depends on the state). They have a whole set of rules for uses of feathers from birds in any crafting venue, especially if you want to sell them (bulk supplies or finished product).
Marge in Reno
Posted at 12:40pm Apr 16, 2009 EDT