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This year my kids are studying the medieval ages (yay for homeschooling). As we were watching Episode 1 of Tudor Monestary Farm (links to all the cool BBC farm series videos are here), they saw this segment on making feather brushes:



They're sleeping now, and so I'm trying my hand at it so we can make brushes tomorrow. Here's another video I found about feather brushes:



Fascinatingly enough, the first one uses the middle of a feather, while the second uses just the tip for the bristles. I'll be making handles for these hopefully tomorrow, but just looking at it, I'm thinking the first way (using the middle of the feather) will make for a much nicer brush.

I really love how the base of the quill is used to hold the feather "bristles". It's such a perfect idea!

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Top brush uses the tip of a goose feather. Bottom brush uses the middle of a feather.
Top brush uses the tip of a goose feather. Bottom brush uses the middle of a feather.
 
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Thank you for posting these great resources. I have also made brushed from pine needles and yuccas. Very easy. I make my own pigments from found rocks.
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mortar pestle quartz
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WOW, never heard of feathers for paintbrushes.
I have feathers from Managua, Nicaragua, that are canvas for hand painted pic's, I bought on my visit in 2013.
 
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I had thought I was rather clever using a chicken feather to paint numbers on my new (used) mailbox.  I was just trying to avoid getting a brush for a one time project and having to clean it with toxic stuff.  Looks like I was just using an old tool instead.
 
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Larisa Walk wrote:I had thought I was rather clever using a chicken feather to paint numbers on my new (used) mailbox.  I was just trying to avoid getting a brush for a one time project and having to clean it with toxic stuff.  Looks like I was just using an old tool instead.



Years back, I'd watched this same Tudor Monestary Farm episode. Back then, I didn't take the step of actually making a feather paintbrush. But, when I needed to apply stinky bone sauce, I just grabbed a duck feather to apply it. Then I stuck the stinky feather in a vulnerable tree. I loved not having to waste a brush on the bone sauce!

Here's some quick pictures of the paintbrushes my kids and I made yesterday. My son had the great idea of making the handle from another feather to make an all-feather paintbrush. It was a lot easier than carving a handle (the kids did that, first, through.). Once I figure out where he put his all-feather quill, I'll take a picture.

Here's the other brushes we made.
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An assortment of feather paint brushes!
An assortment of feather paint brushes!
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My son carving his handle from holly wood
My son carving his handle from holly wood
 
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Oh my word my daughter is going to lose her mind!!
Deffo doing this with them when they get home!
 
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