This is one of the most important steps in creating an authentic looking feather, so for the most realistic look, carefully trim the tip ends with a sharp pair of scissors. First, cut off about Â½” to 1″ of the flimsy tip, or at least enough to remove any broken area. In the case of Imitation Eagle Feathers, these should be trimmed so that there is about 3-4″ of black area remaining, as shown in Figure 2. Next, cut the tips off the rest of your feathers to match this one, so there is about the same amount of black on the tip of each feather. Photo C.
Trim the tips (and part of the sides if necessary) to resemble the various eagle tail feather shapes shown in Figure 3, always cutting from the tip toward the base of the feather. The desired shape is more like that of a table knife rather than the extreme point of the natural turkey feather. It is a good idea to look at photos of real feathers, such as warbonnets and bustles, and using these as a reference when trimming your feathers.