(Closed) Does anyone know how to DIY this?

posted 8 years ago in Accessories
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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 # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Private home

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

http://www.etsy.com/listing/49400352/medium-bridesmaid-bridal-feather-wedding?ref=sr_list_22&ga_search_query=peacock+feather+fans&ga_search_type=&ga_page=&order=&includes%5B0%5D=tags&includes%5B1%5D=title&filter%5B0%5D=handmade&filter%5B1%5D=weddings

it’s a simpler design and might give you a better idea of how to go about doing this yourself

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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…

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