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Old 10-10-2015, 05:32 AM
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Hi Derek,

Have you seen feathers imped by using the bristles from a wire brush? It's not new, my friend in Slovakia was doing it 20 years ago but it's found wider favour lately because of a chap out of South Africa (SAFA) making a video of the process.

Basically, he shows how a feather, even well down the shaft, can be repaired using these bristles and in-laying them into the hollow and fixing them with super glue, and be almost as flexible and strong as new.

I'm not good on searching stuff up on the computer but it's out there somewhere and well worth a look. The only problem, as with most imping, is that the bird has to be cast and doped to get the very best results.

Regards, Michael.

PS. I'll try to find out the chaps name and get more info for you.
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Old 10-10-2015, 06:49 AM
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I just buy lengths of very thin steel rod from modeling/craft shop.Cut small lengths you can place in either water or vinegar to make them form a bit of rust if you wish,that way they grip better.Then glue into place.I once put and entire tail on a little male Kestrel and not one feather came out of place using this method.
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Old 10-10-2015, 07:28 AM
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I just buy lengths of very thin steel rod from modeling/craft shop.Cut small lengths you can place in either water or vinegar to make them form a bit of rust if you wish,that way they grip better.Then glue into place.I once put and entire tail on a little male Kestrel and not one feather came out of place using this method.
Sounds very similar to the wire brush bristles Mark, particularly good for fixing small feathers and the tips o bigger ones.
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Old 10-10-2015, 08:14 AM
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Sounds very similar to the wire brush bristles Mark, particularly good for fixing small feathers and the tips o bigger ones.
Yes it does Mike I hadn't heard of using the wire brush bristles but sounds like a good idea.The good thing with the modeling rods is they do come in varying diameters.I have used them for repairing tips and the entire shafts on various hawks and falcons and it has worked very well.
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Old 10-10-2015, 08:16 AM
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Just get one of those bendy tent pole shafts and split it down
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Old 10-10-2015, 01:01 PM
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It is brilliant stuff to use and can be filed down easy to make a good fit, but a tip always rub a file over even on bits that are not filed as it is smooth and the glue sticks better then. If you can understand what i am saying.
Your bullet jesses are still working well Skylark.
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Old 14-10-2015, 04:38 AM
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You need to repair it fast or the tail's feather will start breaking one by one
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Old 14-10-2015, 10:35 AM
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Just get one of those bendy tent pole shafts and split it down
a bit of devilment I sense ....
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Old 14-10-2015, 12:05 PM
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Your bullet jesses are still working well Skylark.

That's good, in the process of making a load more as people keep pestering me for them 😀
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Old 17-10-2015, 06:05 AM
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This is where I buy my carbon fibre rods from.

Http://www.thehighwaymen.co.uk/PBSCC...%20Solid%20Rod

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Not cheap but if they work well why not.
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