Select feathers from the right and left side
of the bird with the curvatures pointing
towards each other. Cut slips of barbs
from opposing positions on each
set of feathers.
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.
Peacock Wing Quill Barbs
Red, White and Blue 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.
MARRYING THE BARBS TOGETHER
Touch 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
barbs together from the different sections, they will catch hold of
each other, then stroke the barbs between your fingers and they should
completely zip together. Normally you will build wedded feather wings
starting from the bottom and work towards the top.
To separate the desired amount of
barbs, using a needle will make it easy.
When building wedded feather wings
you can add sections with more barbs
than required and then strip away any
extra barbs. Sometimes it is easier to
work with larger sections, but other
times it is just as easy to count out the
desired amount of barbs before adding
them on the wing. We sometimes use
both methods when working on a set
of wedded feather wings.
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.
Adding three barbs of the Peacock
Wing Quill Feather to three barbs from
the Red Goose Shoulder Feather. You
should build wedded feather wings from
the bottom to the top, altough you could
just as easily build them from the top down,
but standards dictate starting from the bottom
and most recipes are listed in that order..
Add three barbs from the White Goose
Add three more barbs from the Red Goose
Add three more barbs from the White Goose
Add three more barbs from the Red
Add four barbs from the Peacock Wing
Quill Feather and the wing is completed.
Notice the tip of the wing is tapered. When
learning to construct wedded feather wings,
one of the challenges will be creating tips that
have a smooth taper without any jagged or
Close-Up image showing the individual
barbs of these wedded feather wing.
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.