In a different post I mentioned that I was given a gift of a Crow’s wing from spirit, as I had asked for a feather to appear to me some time in the future. I was given the gift a few hours later. Spirit can work so fast sometimes. ( I say spirit to describe my view on universal love, or for others they say God’s love, but I am not specifically religious and like the word spirit and so I use it.)
I had the wing in a plastic bag but waited until the boys were distracted before I took it out to examine it. I found a website that taught how to preserve the wing. I checked to make sure the wing was not too bloody or covered in maggots. It looked very fresh, with little blood. I put on plastic gloves to touch the wing and I broke off the extra bone that was not needed. I followed the instructions on that website. I will write them out here. But basically I followed it to the exact. Please read if you want to know about F.A.Q. as they writer made some good points I don’t feel like repeating: http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-preserve-bird-wings-legs-and-heads…the-/
What you will need:
– An old newspaper
– Large bag of cornmeal
– Protective gloves
– Dead bird body part
I poured cornmeal into the bottom of a box. Then, I place the wing in the center. I covered the wing with the rest of the cornmeal. I closed the lid, and made sure there was a few holes at the top to allow for air flow. I then found a spot in my laundry room downstairs and forgot about it for a month. It has to be kept in a a cool, dark, dry place. The cornmeal will absorb the fluids from the body parts during this time, essentially mummifying them. There was no bad smells coming from the box during that time so I assumed all was ok when the month was up. I inspected the wing. It looked dry and stiff.
I then got a glue gun, some pretty fabric and gemstones to add to the wing to make it even more fabulous. Here are my results.
InsideTwo examples of putting it together
Outside decoratedInside DecoratedOne last note. I was told that having red on the feather gives it more power for smudging. I did not know that before I added the red ribbon but intuitively it felt right.