Cleaning Curling And Tinting Feathers

To clean, immerse the feather in gasoline to which has been added a few

spoonfuls of cornmeal. Draw the feather through the hands several times

until it is clean; rinse in clear gasoline and shake in the fresh air

till dry. A very light-colored or white feather may be tinted by

dissolving some oil paint in the gasoline used for rinsing.

To curl, draw the flues, a very few at a time, over a blunt knife. A

plume is rather difficult to sew on a hat and produce the desired

effect. The end of the quill may be sewed very firmly to the hat, while

the tip of the plume should not be sewed close to the hat, otherwise it

will look stiff.