Bending feathers

Submitted by Bill K. on 4/11/02. ( )

I've been looking through the archives and I was surprised to find absolutely nothing on bending the tips of the wings of a flying bird. I've tried using the wife's hair curler and they came out pretty funky looking. When I asked her to show me how to use it she just took it back and told me not to touch it again. Maybe it's the wrong kind or I just don't know how to use it. Doe's anyone have any tips on bending wing tips or maybe the password to the archives on the subject.
Thanx, Bill

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Fine wire Screen and a steamer.

This response submitted by John C on 4/11/02. ( )

A heavy duty clothes steamer will work. Steam and bend them set the screen top and bottom then steam again. Leave them screened for 3-4 days. After that time it should be fine.


This response submitted by cur on 4/11/02. ( )

I just answered that one in detail for another taxi......sending you the file to ya

Thank you gentlemen...

This response submitted by Bill K. on 4/12/02. ( )

you are very helpful.


This response submitted by John Barber on 4/14/02. ( )

Van Dykes is producing a tool Danny Owens invented to do this with a pass of this special tool should be out soon.

curling feathers

This response submitted by larry g on 4/16/02. ( )

take a candle and a 3 inchloop head pin..heat the pin then hold the first primary,bend it upwards till the desired the hot pin along the top of feather shaft,start from feather base to the end .
i usually curve first 5 or 6 primaries just look at ref...

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