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How to soften feather shaft for inlay?
Posted by: Shizen Mui (---.bbtec.net)
Date: February 02, 2019 12:58AM

When attempting feather inlay, I cannot lay the feather on the blank properly because of its stiff shaft. Is there any way to soften them? I tried steam but did not make it softer.
Thank you.

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Re: How to soften feather shaft for inlay?
Posted by: Matthew Pitrowski (---.lightspeed.milwwi.sbcglobal.net)
Date: February 02, 2019 10:02AM

burnish the feather shaft first then apply

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Re: How to soften feather shaft for inlay?
Posted by: Eric Hanson (---.hsd1.wa.comcast.net)
Date: February 03, 2019 11:34AM

hair conditioner

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Re: How to soften feather shaft for inlay?
Posted by: Michael Danek (---.adr01.alma.mi.frontiernet.net)
Date: February 03, 2019 12:35PM

I don't try to use feathers with stiff shafts. I do my designs so that the shafts I use are laid along the blank, not around it. Only the soft parts of the feathers wrap. I've never tried burnishing , but will. Might open new design options.

The smaller the blank diameter, the bigger the challenge.

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Re: How to soften feather shaft for inlay?
Posted by: Scott Kelly (---.sub-174-198-25.myvzw.com)
Date: February 03, 2019 10:01PM

It isn’t particularly easy but I have shaved the backside down with a razor blade.

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Re: How to soften feather shaft for inlay?
Posted by: Shizen Mui (---.bbtec.net)
Date: February 04, 2019 09:01PM

Thank you very much for the information!

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