Cut your feathers in thirds. This way, you get a good selection of downy, sharp and medium-sized feathers for gluing.
Right now is a good time to consider your design, especially if you are working with colored feathers. Asking yourself a few questions now could save you some grief with the glue gun later.
- Do you want the colors on each side of the mask to be symmetrical (like a butterfly's wings)? Make sure you have the same number of each colored feather.
- Do you want a mask that covers the forehead? Then you'll need more long feathers to glue to the top edges.
- Want lots of small feathers for a mask that lies flat without a lot of fuzz? Cut a lot of feather tops for your mask. The tips of feathers are less downy.
- Going for the natural look? Use a mix of long, medium-sized and small feather tips to create a textured mask like mine.