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Feather Masks

Silken feathers and paper beaks make hauntingly beautiful birdlike masks.

Feather Masks

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 1997

Introduction

Feathers of many varieties and colors are available wherever fly-fishing supplies are sold. The white are turkey feathers; the dotted ones on the brown mask are guinea-hen feathers.

materials

  • Colored paper

  • Mask

  • Cardboard

  • Feathers

  • Tape

  • Scissors

  • Stapler

  • Craft glue

  • Ribbons

  • Hot-glue gun (optional)

  • Stick (optional)

steps

  1. Experiment with paper to find the size and shape of the beak, and create a paper template for it. The basic shape is a diamond: When the beak is folded in half lengthwise, the top of the diamond should fit neatly against the mask, covering the nose; the bottom half should be the desired length.

  2. Using the template as a guide, cut out the beak from cardboard. (For a hooked beak, like the one on the brown mask, make cuts, as shown on the cardboard beak; bend into a crook as desired, and tape in place on the underside of the beak.)

  3. Cover the beak in colored paper, folding the paper over the beak and taping it to the underside; or simply glue fabric over the beak.

  4. Staple the beak to the mask, then use clear-drying craft glue to attach the feathers, laying the pointed tips along the edge of the eyeholes and overlapping them slightly.

  5. Replace the mask's elastic with long ribbon ties: Slip the ribbons through the holes left from the elastic, securing each ribbon with a knot. Or use a hot-glue gun to attach a stick for a handle.

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