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Emu Feather Collage
By Fran Saperstein

It’s spring. As I write this, I know many of us aren’t feeling the spring weather yet, but it’s there. The grass is finally green and the trees are no longer just bark. The luscious color is inspiring to me. I am always looking for ways to bring color into my home décor. Today I share with you a project I made to decorate my home, using emu feathers in a collage.

Collect your supplies. I used the following:

35mm plastic lens (or Picture Pebble)
Decorative Paper Napkins
Emu Feathers
Diamond Glaze
Black Felt
Decorative Background paper

Pull the first, decorative layer off the napkin.

Using Diamond Glaze, attach flat back of 35mm lens to the decorative paper in an area of your choice. I usually choose a spot that has a design or detailed flowers, etc. Set aside to dry (15 minutes). When it is dry, attach the decorated 35mm lens to felt with Diamond Glaze. Again, set to dry for 15 minutes. Pick out your feathers so they are fairly similar.

Attach them around the lens so they create a pinwheel effect, again using Diamond Glaze. This should dry for at least 30 minutes. If some of the feathers have become detached, add more Diamond Glaze and wait for it to dry. If you want a fuller look, you can add a second layer of the feathers as you go around.

When the feathers dry, you can either leave the feather ends showing or you can cover them up with beads as shown below.


The beads here are from a friend, Amber Dawn Goldish (amberdawn1223@aol.com). She hand makes these fabulous “glitz” beads and they are perfect for this project. You can use fiber, rhinestone chain, and even rolled polymer clay to cover the area between the lens and the feathers. Again, attach the decoration with Diamond Glaze.

When the beads dry, attach the entire thing to a background paper.

I used corrugated red paper that I got from a local art supplier. It makes the perfect backdrop and, when framed, will make a lovely addition to my living room décor.

Fran Saperstein is a freelance artist, designer and writer who is always interested in sharing her artwork with others. Fran has been doing artwork her entire life and teaches in her local art stores and in stores throughout the United States. To see more of Fran’s artwork, please visit her site at http://www.elegantnotiondesigns.com.  There you will see a list of Fran’s publications and a sample of some of her other artwork for sale and on display.

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