Select feathers from the right and left side
of the bird with the curvatures pointing
towards each other. Cut sections of barbs
from opposing positions on each set of
CURVATURE OF THE FEATHER
from the right and left side of most birds will curve towards each
other. When selecting feathers for the wings of a fly, you will use a
feather from each side of the bird so the curvatures point towards each
other. The feathers should be about the same size. Perfectly matched
goose shoulder feathers would be ideal, but are a rarity.
Black and Red Goose Shoulder Barbs
SELECTING WHICH FIBERS TO USE
Looking at the above photo, you will notice we cut sections of barbs
that are opposing each other. The fibers need to be about the same
length and blemish free. The tips of these sections should be in good
condition and the barbs locked together.
Marry the red goose shoulder barbs
to the section of Blue Goose Shoulder
MARRYING THE BARBS TOGETHER
the barbs together and they should lock together like Velcro. If this
is your first attempt at constructing a set of married wings, it will
be surprising how easy the barbs from the feathers will marry to each
other. When touching the barbs together from the different sections,
they will catch hold of each other, then stroke the barbs between your
fingers and the barbs should completely zip together.
To separate the desired amount of barbs,
using a needle will make it easy. In this
photo we are removing a couple barbs.
SEPARATING THE BARBS
want to have equal amounts of barbs on each wing in a complete set. You
can use a needle to separate the desired amount of barbs when
constructing a set of wedded feather wings.
Red Wing Blackbird Wedded Feather
Wing Variation. These look mean and sleek...
You could replace the red goose shoulder
barbs with almost any other color.
Instruction and description involved in
the construction of wedded feather wings for fly tying.
TAPER THE TIPS OF
WEDDED FEATHER WINGS
During the process of marrying barbs on a set of wedded feather wings, you want to align the tips to create a taper.
Video showing the manipulation
of the wing flow
MANIPULATING THE FLOW OF THE WING
You might want a wing that sits low and sweeps back or high and arched.
BARBS FROM FEATHER WINGS
have been times when constructing a set of wings that there are some
extra barbs. It is easy to add an extra barb and not notice until the
wings are finished. It is very easy to strip out extra barbs...
ADDING BARBS TO
A FEATHER WING
Adding barbs to a feather wing can be a little more difficult than removing barbs, but should be an easy enough process.
More patterns of Wedded Feather Wings. We will keep adding more patterns for different wedded feather wing designs.