There are tons of feathers out there right now. You can pick up synthetics at most craft stores in large bags and in outrageous colors. There are packs of expensive peacock, ostrich, rhea, or emu feathers available in the floral aisle or on sale at various websites. Personally, I like a mixture of different colors, textures, and birds. The biggest concern for me is clean, steamed, whole feathers.
Here’s a breakdown of the feathers that I’m currently using:
1. Neon green–dyed turkey feathers, some stream-straightened, others left to curve. These are stiffer feathers and are very durable.
2. Deep purple–dyed goose coquilles, all of which have some curve and are incredibly soft and supple. These have great movement in a breeze and look very delicate.
3. Hot pink–dyed goose marabou, some with curves, others are straighter. These are also incredibly soft and delicate looking.
4. Red–dyed chicken wing feathers. These are stiff, rigid feathers that cut easily to create tiered designs.
5. Yellow–dyed chicken breast feathers. Solid, soft, with marked resiliancy.
6. Turquoise–some with black accents, dyed coque hackle and some guinea feathers. These are small, thin, incredibly versatile feathers that pair well with practically everything. They tend to be longer and tapered.
7. Maroon–some with black accents, dyed coque hackle. Much like the turquoise feathers, these are tapered, delicate, and pair well other the other feather without appearing too bulky.
8. Black and hot pink–dyed goose wing feathers. These are stiff and resilent, lending a nice backbone to a design when paired with flimsier feathers. I think they look like something Ke$ha would wear.
9. White–natural turkey marabou feathers with no dye or bleaching agents applied. Some are more creamy colored, others slightly yellow, or more white. They are soft and supple with great movement.
10. Orange–dyed goose feathers, some streamed straight, others left to curve. These are solid, middle of the road feathers for durability and softness.
11. Neutrals–natural guinea feathers ranging from gray to brown, to a cream color. These are excellent finishing feathers to draw the eye up to the earring, or add a little polka-dotting in the center. They are extremely difficult to match well, so there’s a lot of waste with these.
12. Light pink–dyed chicken wing feathers. These are stiff, rigid feathers that cut easily to create tiered designs.
13. Royal Blue–a few with black accents. These are a mixture of some pheasant fringe and some coque hackles. These feathers are all tapered, slim, and delicate. They tier well and create great movement.
14. Black–some tending more toward gray or iridescent green black. These are rooster tail base feathers (the ones just before you get to the really long droopy ones). These have proven very difficult to match, but in really high demand, so I’m torn as how best to pair my remaining feathers.