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A feathery touch for the tree.

A feathery touch for the tree

What could be more natural than birds in a tree? If you prefer subtlety to sparkle, consider adorning your Christmas tree branches with these feather-covered ornaments. Each takes about 2 hours to make. You'll need small styrene foam eggs or balls--sold at craft stores--and feathers. At right, we describe kinds you can use and where to get them.

You'll also need scissors, craft glue, and a glass-head pin and about 5 inches of 1/8-inch-wide satin ribbon for each ornament.

The pictures at right show the two main steps: trimming feathers, then gluing them on. To finish, tie a ribbon bow and attach it with a pin through its knot. Hang with transparent thread.

Feathers are sold on skins, loose in bags and bundles, or on string by the yard. We used chicken--both hen and rooster, natural and dyed--and pheasant. A 2 1/2-inch-long egg takes 50 to 75 feathers; a 3-inch-diameter ball, 150 to 200.

Feathers from a hen back, or saddle ($3 to $5), can cover 2 eggs; a pheasant skin (about $10), about 6 eggs; a yard of strung feathers (about $20), 5 to 10 eggs.

For sources in your area, look in the yellow pages under Feathers or under Fishing Tackle for dealers selling fly-tying supplies. Following are three suppliers who will ship feathers by mail.

Blue Ribbon Flies, Box 1037, West Yellowstone, Mont. 59758; (406) 646-9365. Catalog $1.

Feather Thieves, Box 472, Sausalito, Calif. 94966; (415) 883-4417.

Kaufmann's Streamborn, Portland; call (503) 639-6400 between 10 and 4 Mondays through Saturdays.

Photo: She's admiring a ball decorated with chicken feathers; wispy ones are dyed rooster plumes. Styrene foam egg hanging above it is covered with pheasant feathers. Design: Sue Delucchi, Novato, California

Photo: First step: cut feathers to about 3/4 inch long; the shape should resemble a teardrop

Photo: After covering 1/3 of styrene ball with glue, start applying feathers--tips facing up--in concentric circles. Let dry 20 minutes. Repeat sequence twice. On eggs, start at point; face feather tips toward tapered end
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Date:Dec 1, 1986
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