How to Dry Bird Wings

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Bird wings which have been spread and dried are a dramatic decoration for a wall, mantel place or lintel. The feathers on bird wings retain their bright colors and their shape, and they may be used to frame another hunting trophy or as a decoration in their own right.

Things You'll Need

  • Shallow plastic tub
  • Borax
  • Bird wings
  • Pour ¼ inch of borax washing soda into a shallow plastic tub. The plastic tub should be wide enough to hold the wings you want to preserve. Spread the borax evenly so the bottom of the tub is covered.

  • Spread the wings flat and lay them down in the borax.

  • Cover the wings completely with more borax.

  • Place the tub in a cool, dry place with good air circulation, where it will not be disturbed.

  • Allow the wings to dry for one to two months. The borax desiccates the wings.

  • Shake the borax from the wings. They are now ready to be nailed to the wall or otherwise mounted.

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