Post # 1
I’m interested in trying to DIY this peacock fan for my wedding.
*Sorry the pic is so big*
I know that I need peacock feathers and ostrich plumes, but I’m not sure what the wooden handle thing is and I’m not sure what the feathers would be attached to to make it look like that. Does anyone know how I would go about DIYing it?
Post # 3
For the gold piece – is it long? What is this – a hair piece, a fan?
For the feathers, I would take blue plumes, lay ostrich “eye” feathers over them (with the tips of the feathers meeting at the bottom), hot glue the bottom tips of the feathers together – the rest of my answer will depend on what the gold thing is and how large it is and what you’re using it for. Do you have another picture that shows more of the gold part?
You could glue the feathers to the back of the gold piece, then cover that with a piece of matching satin fabric
Hope this makes sense….
Post # 4
@gabrielleelise1981: It’s actually a fan. It’s about 15″ long. The gold thing is a wooden handle.
So basically, glue the feather tips to each other?
Post # 5
if you’ve never worked with feathers, this may need to be a etsy/ebay find. the handle isn’t common and you’d probably have to have it made, or at the very least have to cobble it together out of something else (part of an old chairback comes to mind). Then there are the feathers – you would probably have to buy bags and bags of feathers to find some that are the right length and thickness to stand up to being manipulated like this.
Here’s an etsy shop I found that custom makes them
it’s a simpler design and might give you a better idea of how to go about doing this yourself
Post # 6
I think gluing the tips to each other would work. I’ve made feathers fascinators with this “method” and it worked well – the feathers fan out like in your picture, and hot glue works well to keep the tips securely all together. Practice with the glue first as it will stick to every little feathery bit, and you don’t want to end up with a huge glob of glue at the end.
I do agree with @Dragonsus though – you will have to buy lots of feathers (which are not cheap in that size), and trim them to size so that the fan is uniform. You could put that picture up as an Alchemy request on Etsy, and see what the bidders come up with – one of them might have a better idea of what that handle is.
To me, the handle almost looks like it could be part of the rod for drapery – you know how sometimes they have decorative, carved ends? It looks like that – spray painted gold. I definitely could be wrong though!
I’ll think about it today, and see if I can find anything online for you…
Post # 7
@Dragonsus: Thanks for the etsy link! I actually have been working with feathers the last few months as my wedding is peacock inspired, so right now I have TONS of peacock feathers around. My major concern is definitely the handle. If I can figure out what it actually is, then it may give me some ideas on how to go about dealing with the feathers.
@gabrielleelise1981: Gluing the tips together might work. I’m also thinking that maybe if I can get a very thin and small plexiglass, I could glue the feathers to that and attach it to the handle somehow. Not quite sure.