Ideas for Pheasant Feathers

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Ideas for Pheasant Feathers
There are several pheasant species, each with distinct feather pattens. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Closely related to the domestic chicken, the pheasant is a medium-to-large bird. Many species have long tails and a short bill. The male pheasant typically has brilliantly coloured feathers, while the female has less-showy feathers. People have found many uses for pheasant feathers.

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Fishing Lures

For the fly angler, pheasant feathers provide material for fashioning fishing flies. Feathers from one male pheasant provide enough material for about a thousand fishing flies.

Wreaths

Pheasant-feather wreaths are popular with some wreath makers. The wreath might be fashioned entirely of pheasant feathers, mounted onto a doughnut-shaped wreath base. Other wreath designs are made primarily of non-feather materials, using the feathers as a decorative accent.

Cat Teasers

A feathered cat teaser entices a frisky feline to play and pounce. Cat-toy manufacturers sometimes use pheasant feathers in cat toys. Yet, you do not need to buy a cat toy, as a single pheasant feather can delight your pet.

Hat Ornament

Hat makers are familiar with the pheasant feather, using them to create stylish hats for women. Pheasant feathers also decorate men's hats by tucking into the hatband

Jewellery

Jewellery artisans incorporate small, decorative pheasant feathers into pieces, such as pheasant feather earrings or pendants.

Arrangement

A bunch of attractive pheasant feathers, displayed in a flower vase like a bouquet of flowers, makes an attractive home decor object.

Feather Pen

Prior to the invention of the modern ink pen, quill pens, made from large feathers, were the common writing instrument. Artists continue to use quill pens in some projects. Quill pens, made from pheasant feathers, are available from online vendors.

Craft Projects

Craft enthusiasts use feathers of all types, including pheasant feathers, to embellish craft projects. Use them to embellish your scrapbook pages and other creations.

Feather Duster

Susan Hibbard patented the feather duster in 1876. She fought her husband in patent court, as he attempted to lay claim to her invention. Initially made with turkey feathers, some feather dusters today contain pheasant feathers.

Hair Ornament

Use a pheasant feather as an exotic hair ornament, tucked directly into your hair. Pheasant feathers have adorned headbands, barrettes, hair combs and hair extensions.

Costumes

Costume designers use pheasant feathers in some of their creations. Pheasant feathers have adorned masquerade masks, clothing and accessories.

Handbag

"Sex and the City"'s Carrie Bradshaw, known for her flamboyant fashion sense, carried a designer handbag in one episode, made with pheasant feathers by Salvatore Ferragamo. Reportedly, the bag sold for more than £1,007.

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