For many Native American rituals, powwows and other public events, elaborate costumes involving feather decorations are required by many of the dancers and participants. In the past, hawk and eagle feathers were used for these costumes, however today it is illegal to buy and sell most raptor feathers. Today, reproduction raptor feathers are often used, generally made from turkey feathers. These feathers, however, have a curve in them that is not present in raptor feathers. To straighten reproduction feathers you can use the steam from an iron.
Things You'll Need
- Iron with steam function
- Ironing board
- 2 heavy books
Fill the iron with water and set the heat to high.
Hold the feather on the ironing board so that the middle curves up towards you.
Hold the iron slightly over the feather but do not touch the feather with the iron.
Press the steam button as you move the iron over the length of the feather.
Set the iron aside. Press the feather against the ironing board to straighten the quill. Gently push the quill of the feather against the curve to encourage straightening. If it is not pliable enough, add a little more steam.
Take the feather off of the ironing board once you have straightened it out. Place the feather in the middle of a heavy book. Shut the book and place one or more other heavy books on top of it. This will ensure that the feather stays straight.
Tips & Warnings
- Do not let the iron touch the feathers directly.
- Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images
How to Make a Feather Headband
Why spend $20 for a store-bought feather headband, when you can make this simple do-it-yourself fashion accessory for much less? The key...
Can Straightening Irons Damage Your Hair?
Straightening irons will not damage the hair if they are high-quality and made from ceramic, as ceramic tools are much nicer to...
How to Feather Hair
To feather straightened or curled hair, you have to comb the hair back from the root with a wide-tooth comb and then...