This is the "feather made of feathers" ...
It is rested on a piece of recycled flanellette sheeting that I dyed for the project - wonderful random warm colours.
Care of Feathers for Collectors:
In search of info on this topic, I found this page on EBay about caring for feathers, and I am linking to it for your interest. Another thing I was told by someone is to always freeze feathers overnight (in a plastic bag, not on the shelf!) and this will kill any bugs on them - remember that one of the reasons birds shed feathers is because the wildlife on them is getting too itchy.