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Metallic dipped feathers – tutorial

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I first saw these beautiful metallic paint dipped feathers a few years ago in a stationery store. I sent a lot out at Christmas time that year and ever since I’ve wanted to make some of my own. This year I decided to have a crack and they are so easy to make I thought I’d share a quick step by step tutorial for you.

I did a quick ebay search for feathers, I bought ten each in white, black, soft pink and grey. Then I bought some acrylic paint in silver, gold and black, and matching glitter. Make sure you get the very fine glitter, not the chunky stuff. You will also need a fine paint brush and paint palette (or jam lid in my case).

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Once you’ve gathered your supplies start painting the tip of the feather. I wanted my feathers to look like they’d been dipped in the paint so I added some paint thinner to make the paint a bit more liquid. I then painted a horizontal line about 2 cm from the tip of the feather and filled the area from the line to the tip of the feather with paint.

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Once you’ve painted one side of the feather add a liberal shake of glitter and cover the whole painted area. Leave to dry and then turn over and paint the back and add glitter.

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Once the feathers are dry poke a small hole in the quill of the feather with a needle and thread some string through so that you can hang the feathers on your Christmas tree or make a feather garland.

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x Katherine

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