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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Feathers, Feathers,Feathers.. Rain, Rain, Rain!!

Ah yes, I remember clearly Carnival 2007 and being caught in the downpour on Independence Square which soaked the entire band leaving feathers streaking colours on people's faces and going limp as the got wet. For the most part the plumes fluffed back up nicely, but some of the feathers did not look the same after they dried.

I know you dear readers forget to search the archives for topics that have been covered before so I am bringing this back for all of you looking at the LOADS of feathers in headpieces, back packs and tails and wondering how the hell you are going to prevent that from getting wet by accident, if water or drinks are thrown in the air, or if you just happen to get misted passing by the cool zone or if God forbid it rains like 2007 again! Another reason to waterproof your feathers is because some of the embellishments on the costumes and feathered backpacks touch your skin and the feathers can get wet just from sweating; you can apply the fletch dry powder or other water proof product to these areas to avoid the wet fowl look.

Check out how the feathers are wet !

In addition you can check out my tips for cleaning and protecting your costume HERE which is where I first mentioned the FLETCH DRY POWDER (buy about 5 bottles) and other similar products for waterproofing feathers. The first water proof experiment can be found HERE where I used Scotch Guard and Hairspray.

BIG Thanks to CB who tested out the Fletch Dry Waterproof Powder for feathers on a headpiece, sharing the results and her photos below:


After a successful attempt at waterproofing individual feathers, I decided to do an actual headpiece, so here are some pics of my attempt:

1. Here are my materials—headpiece, plastic bag large enough to hold headpiece and seal, Fletch-Dry:

2. This is the product I used:

3. And this is the amount I started off with (remember this is a little less than a full bottle because I'd used some for my first experiment):

4. This gives an idea of the amount I used. I sprinkled some powder in the corner of the bag, I placed the headpiece into the bag, then I sprinkled some of the powder directly over the feathers, just so I could get a better idea of how much coverage I could get with the amount of powder put in the bag:

5. This is what the feathers looked like after shaking the bag to evenly distribute the powder. See how the feathers look dusty? That shakes off quickly enough, however.

6. Okay, only a few minutes later, I have the headpiece ready for "rain." Notice that the colour is back to normal after having shaken off the excess powder.

7. Now, check out how cool the water beads up and rolls off the feathers:

8. These pics are after about a minute of being placed under the water stream. See how I changed the flow from a sprinkle to a constant stream, just to test the extent of the waterproofing.

9. So, here are the feathers as they're drying. You notice that they're a bit on the spiky side. I refused to blow dry them, as most of us won't have access to a dryer on the road.

10. Now, after the feathers were completely dried, they fluffed up okay. You could tell that they'd gotten wet, but still looked nice. One thing I'd noticed was that where the water beads remained (that I'd intentionally not dried off), there was some discolouration or marks that look like burn/scorch marks. Just remember to wipe off the excess water from your feathers and you should be fine.

11. Okay, so here's the headpiece after the experiment:

Looks pretty good for a post-rain headpiece, no?

Blogger Monique had enquired whether I'd rubbed some extra powder into the barbules of the feathers. I didn't want to do this because I don't like how the powder feels on my hands, and if as I jump up all day all that excess powder begins to fall and land on my body, that might cause a skin irritation. Of course, if you make sure to shake all the excess off, I don't see why you can't perform that extra measure of protection.


princessredz said...

Top tips! Thank you kindly for reminding us about this one.

Although I feel with all the money I pay for costumes these days, the producers could well waterproof the feathers prior to making the costumes. But we all know that's unlikely to happen... *grumbles*

mimi said...

hi sauct, is fletch dry available in trinidad?

Saucy aka "The Sauce" said...

Not that I know of Mimi, you can get it online check any of the links I posted.

ms. hershey said...

saucy, thanks for the reminder with this one, i will definitely be purchasing some of this for next year.

redz... i agree with you. we pay a pretty penny for these costumes, the least the bands could do is waterproof them. in the end, it's a service and it makes them look good too...

Carnival Diva said...
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Carnival Diva said...

NO DOUBT this product WILL SELL OUT for 2K9, yuh see how many feathers some costume comes with? lol...aye yes, gotta love Carnival yes!

sexy eyes said...

thanks for the reminder :)

Carnival Jumbie said...

ahmm so wht the ppl who making the costumes doh do that ? I paying meh money!!!!

Saucy aka "The Sauce" said...

allyuh real wicked yuh know!! Maybe the people who making the feathers should do that .. then the price will go up. Imagine somebody waterproofing thousands of feathers in a mas camp ! lol

Carnival Diva said...

ENT! We know what to do, is ok...just waterproof yuh own! some peeps must like deh wet fowl look each her own :)

Trini-in-Toronto said...

They callin for scattered showers in Toronto on Saturday ... fix yuh mix

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