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    I have had several folks ask me how to do florette work.

    I promised the person who taught me how to do the trimmed florette work that I would not pass that information on. But I will cover how to do the basic florette work for those of you who would like to know how to do that.

    Basic florette work, feather work, shingling is done on fans, drop feathers, etc. It is done by using florette feathers. You can buy florette feathers from crazy crow, Patrick Scott and a few other places.

    In order to do this type of work you are going to need florettes, a super sharp pair of scissors (hair cutting ones are the best), a ruler (I use a metal one with metric on one side and stanard on the other side) some glue (tacky glue works good) and whatever you are doing the work on, extensions, etc. Oh I forgot a toothpick comes in pretty handy too

    Ok stay tuned and I will take some pictures and go through everything
    Last edited by spottedeagle; 05-14-2008, 12:28 PM. Reason: forgot my secret weapon...the toothpick LMAO
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  • #2
    thank you sensai ... LOL
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    • #3
      Sounds good to me so far.lol

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      • #4
        The first pic is basically what you need to get started.

        I have several colors of untrimmed florettes in the pic. The glue is just Aleene's Quick Dry tacky glue (get it at any craft store or Walmart)

        The second pic shows an untrimmed florette feather. When you get them, they are about 4" long
        Last edited by spottedeagle; 01-22-2014, 10:26 AM.
        The things you are doing today are the traditions of twenty-five years from now.
        -Daryl Baldwin: Miami


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        • #5
          To get started grab a florette feather by the quill and lay it on your ruller. Placing the tip of the feather at the 1" mark. Take your scissors and cut the feather off at the end of the ruler. All you are using is that 1" tip of the florette.

          After you cut them there will be a little excess webbing on the sides, gently pull off the excess that is not attached to the quill.

          That will leave you with pieces that look like those in the second picture
          Last edited by spottedeagle; 01-22-2014, 10:26 AM.
          The things you are doing today are the traditions of twenty-five years from now.
          -Daryl Baldwin: Miami


          https://www.facebook.com/SpottedeagleFans

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          • #6
            awwww nice! keep teaching!
            Bead All You Can Bead

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            • #7
              I'm interested just to see the process...

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              • #8
                Next lay your feather for your fan, drop feather,etc with the extesion glued in onto your ruler. For this one I'm doing a drop feather that I cut the quill off right at the webbing.

                I'm going to put that edge on the 1" mark. Then I'm going to lay my florette down on top of everything, letting me move it around until I get it where I like the look. Then I look at the ruler. The quill is at around 1 1/2" so I put a little mark there. So the bottom of my florette will be 1/2" below the base of the feather, leaving 1/2" up on the base.
                Last edited by spottedeagle; 01-22-2014, 10:26 AM.
                The things you are doing today are the traditions of twenty-five years from now.
                -Daryl Baldwin: Miami


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                • #9
                  Put that mark on the front and back of your extension.

                  Put a small drop of tacky glue on the backside of the florette feather, right at the base. Use your toothpick to spread it out a little only going up toward the tip maybe 1/8" to 1/4".

                  You are going to start each row of florette work on the backside of the feather first.

                  place the bottom of the florette feather on your mark, centering the quill of the florette on your extesion. Hold it there for a second or two. Now you are going to roll the edges of the florette around the extension. I use my other hand to do this so I can keep the quill of the florette pressed against the extension.

                  Once you get done with the back. Do the front rolling it toward the back.

                  This is the part that takes some practice!!!! Once you get the technique down.....the rest is easy!!!
                  Last edited by spottedeagle; 01-22-2014, 10:26 AM.
                  The things you are doing today are the traditions of twenty-five years from now.
                  -Daryl Baldwin: Miami


                  https://www.facebook.com/SpottedeagleFans

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                  • #10
                    After everything dries......

                    Make a mark on the front and back of your extension
                    1/4" below your last mark (if you can't see it, just use the bottom of the florette feather as a reference.

                    Now do the same process with the next color of florettes. Doing the backside of the feather first and then the front side.

                    You do this with each row. Sometimes you may want to vary the spacing from one row to the next. Try putting your mark at 1/8" or 1/2" and glue down a row of florettes. That will give you a different look. That's where creativity comes in.
                    Last edited by spottedeagle; 01-22-2014, 10:26 AM.
                    The things you are doing today are the traditions of twenty-five years from now.
                    -Daryl Baldwin: Miami


                    https://www.facebook.com/SpottedeagleFans

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                    • #11
                      wow this is really good ... now i wanna go get some supplies together LOL
                      Watch your broken dreams...
                      Dance in and out of the beams of a neon moon

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                      • #12
                        Very cool!

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                        • #13
                          I went ahead and finished this feather using a total of 5 rows of florettes.

                          Here is front and back close-ups and a distance shot of the whole feather.

                          At this point you are ready to add some threadwork, wrap the extension in buckskin, or a number of other ways to finish off your work
                          Last edited by spottedeagle; 01-22-2014, 10:26 AM.
                          The things you are doing today are the traditions of twenty-five years from now.
                          -Daryl Baldwin: Miami


                          https://www.facebook.com/SpottedeagleFans

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                          • #14
                            Hope this helped everyone out.

                            For those of you besides me that want to add to this, please feel free. This is just one way of doing the shingling. I'm sure other folks have a different way they might do it.
                            The things you are doing today are the traditions of twenty-five years from now.
                            -Daryl Baldwin: Miami


                            https://www.facebook.com/SpottedeagleFans

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                            • #15
                              thank you sensai .... it looks like something that i could try and do now LOL. its not that scary as i thought it was HAHA
                              Watch your broken dreams...
                              Dance in and out of the beams of a neon moon

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