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You mean bleaching feathers? This can be done with hydrogen peroxide, perhaps adding a little ammoniac. But be careful to not burning the material - hydroperite is very powerful oxidant!

Grey heron, for example, could not be bleaching to white - this deep bleaching will destroy feather first. It can be bleached to light dun (low) then dyed to some colours except light yellow (may be old gold colour) and clear light blue (may be Morrum blue).

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Whiteing Farms have a section on material dying under their "Tips and Tricks" header.
 

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Alex -

Very nice job dying those hackles! They look like they'd make awesome spey hackles although I can't tell the length of the barbules.
 

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Alex -

Again, nice job with those hackles. Question/suggestion in one, pertinent to Jim's question: Is it/it may be feasible to try RIT COLOR REMOVER. The question part of that is, though I needed to use it on clothes once or twice, I don't remember what the component is; presumably it's extra strength bleach. The suggestion is obvious.

Jim, are you from this area, Northeast? - Hunter's Angling Supply in New Boston, NH, sells Veniard Dyes, etc. Perhaps they have a color remover.

Alex, I've used H2O2 for most of it's suggested uses; will have to try bleaching feathers with it. Thanks.
 

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I'm from the vancouver area.(b.c.)The question is to lighten the feathers!Ive already stripped them and burned them,i'm using turkey flats,they make a nice heron sub.The prob. is to lighten them enough to accept a lighter dye! I've tried amonia/hydrogen peroxide mix,2 to 1,with minimal success!
 

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Anybody tried hair ligheners like "Lady Clairol Born Blonde". I think they make a lightener that will take a dunn color to pure white.
 

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Jimandre,

Go to your local beauty shop supply store and get some Lady Clairol Professional Hair Lightener and some 20% Hydrogen Peroxide. Mix as per directions, apply with latex gloves, and watch them turn to a very light (almost white) blond color without damaging the feather fibers. Afterward, dye them any color you wish.
 

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Hi there,

These feathers are REAL grey heron feathers, not substitutes. They are lightened with L'Oreal Hair Lightener, then dyed with Veniard Dye and finally washed with L'Oreal hair shampoo for bleached and damaged hair:) , thus returns strength and shine to feathers.

It's impossible I think do bleach grey heron to white - only for framing purpose. Because of that I use Japanese Silk Heron crest and breast feathers - the are white.

Instead if black heron one can use a crowned pigeon - it is stronger but smaller than black heron.

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Alex K, Moscow, Russia
 

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DROOL!

Thanks Alex, very nice indeed.
 

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Alex,

Pardon the question on line, but WHERE do you find there feathers of which you speak?...thx

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Uliwon, never mind:) ...
In Denmark. Here in Russia is too many herons, I could ask hunters to shoot one, they eat a lot of fish fry. But I don't really know how to prepare its skin. You can buy a grey heron in Scandinavia online, if it is not protected by CITES: othervice it can be prohibited to importing in America.

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Hello Alex K,

My name is Marc LeBlanc, salmon guide for 35 years now on the two Cascapédia Rivers (Québec) Canada, and i'm dress flies for maby more 35 years. I'M dress lot speys and i have lot heron feathers at home, i'm dye in different color the light feathers and some big one too in dark color, but i'm very interresting about your experience to bleach the dark grey back heron feather, i know it's impossible to bleach heron in white, but if it's possible to bleach lighter shade without danger for the feathers, i'm very interresting about your recipe for my feathers. If you have time to explain that for me on a e-mail, i appreciating that!
Just the recipe for maby a bunch of maby 24 long and dark grey one, it's a good way for me.How you proced and what stuff it's the better.
Thanks
Sorry for my poor English language! I'm talk more better in french!

Marc LeBlanc
 
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