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s fontinalis 09-14-2012 04:58 PM

Need a tried and tested method for effective bleaching of feathers.

madjoni 09-14-2012 06:36 PM

Re: bleaching
Well,for start you need bleach ...and some feathers you dont like to test them:D

Ard 09-14-2012 07:25 PM

Re: bleaching
Small batches seem to be the ticket for me. A solution of 1/4 cup bleach to 3/4 cup warm water is the base mix. What feathers are you looking to bleach?

bigjim5589 09-14-2012 08:11 PM

Re: bleaching
Chlorine bleach is not a good chemical for bleaching fur or feathers, and especially not feathers, as it will literally dissolve the fibers. I know this from experience! :rolleyes:

Try a hair color remover like those made by Clairol or Loreal and peroxide, which is what hair stylist use. My sister is a pro with over 30 years experience & she gave me some commercial color remover one time, which worked very well. She's also the person who told me not to use chlorine bleach as it seriously damages hair (or feathers).

s fontinalis 09-14-2012 08:17 PM

Re: bleaching

Originally Posted by Hardyreels (Post 483728)
Small batches seem to be the ticket for me. A solution of 1/4 cup bleach to 3/4 cup warm water is the base mix. What feathers are you looking to bleach?

GP Tippett

Ard 09-14-2012 08:22 PM

Re: bleaching
Hi Jim,

The situation is (I believe) that we are actually looking to damage the feathers to a certain extent. We use the bleach to 'burn' the fibers of ........for instance goose shoulder feathers. The process burns / removes the fine zipper like barbs that hold the feather fibers together. By doing this we are producing long feather fibers that flow nicely on many wet fly patterns.

The hackle on the fly below is the result of bleaching then dying goose feathers.

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Golden pheasant tippets................... You mean to bleach them to remove color or to remove the webbing? I have never done anything but to dye them so I am not sure what you are looking to do.

s fontinalis 09-14-2012 08:45 PM

Re: bleaching
Just for color removal

Ard 09-14-2012 08:49 PM

Re: bleaching
Take a look at what Jim posted above, I never tried to remove color from GP. Have you considered using Amherst tips, they are already sorta white...........

madjoni 09-15-2012 04:38 AM

Re: bleaching
I used hair color remover ,kind that use brunette girls to become blond :) ,for peacock big tail feather . Feather in something that looks very much like burning process become whitish ,and then it was easy to dye it in colors I wanted...

s fontinalis 09-15-2012 08:28 AM

Re: bleaching
I"m trying to get a nice washed out tippet head....hence the bleaching and not wanting to use amherst.

Ard, how did you split the stems of the goose shoulder to reduce bulk when wrapping them?

I'll try the peroxide/hair color remover technique on a few feathers and see how it goes.

Thanks Guys

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