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Steaming feathers??

Discussion in 'Bird Taxidermy' started by dmac1175, Jun 20, 2018.

  1. dmac1175

    dmac1175 Active Member

    I recently overheard some guys talking at the taxidermy convention about using steam to get the "fray" out of the tips of feathers. Does anyone know anything about this? What kind of steamer and how to use this method?
  2. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    I tried it on turkey scaps and it did work, not really well, but good enough for my personal bird. I used one designed for clothing that I bought at Walmart.
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  3. boone90

    boone90 Dan Hastings

    Inexpensive drape or clothes steamer. You need to help the feather fibers out with your hands or a paint brush while you steam, but it helps sort things out a lot quicker. It can really help slightly bent feathers also. I end up using mine a lot on open wing mounts, it’s a life saver for grooming wings.
  4. dmac1175

    dmac1175 Active Member

    Thank you
  5. byrdman

    byrdman Well-Known Member

    tea kettle on the stove top works well be sure to clean feathers well first I use windex