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Painting On Feathers
Contributing editor Jim Ruen recently talked to artist Gail Savage, Bethel, Penn., who uses feathers as her canvas. “When I started I had to figure out how to keep feathers stable, what paints would work, and whether it was even legal,” says Savage.
  Not just any feather can be painted, much less sold. Federal law forbids ownership of more than 800 species of wild birds and the sale or possession of feathers. Game birds and non-native species are the exceptions. “At first we mostly used chicken or turkey feathers.”
  Picking the right feathers and cleaning them properly is very important. Savage often spends up to 12 hrs. painting a feather, using very small soft brushes and acrylic paint. She buys most of her feathers from Custom Feathers, a licensed feather dealer in Missouri (www.customfeathers.com). Her framed single feather art starts at about $95.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Gail Savage, 272 Fort Henry Rd., Bethel, Penn. 19507 (ph 610 507-6024; www.gailsavagepaintedfeathers.com).

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2016 - Volume #40, Issue #2