When using feathers for earrings, I find they get a bit ratty looking after wearing them a few times. Is there a fixative or spray that can be applied to help their shape last longer?
Applying a fixative to feathers for use in jewelry designs is not recommended. Generally a fixative is only applied if you are preparing the surface for some sort of embellishment such as paint. Natural feathers hold their shape with their small barbs and hooks. Sometimes you can reattach the barbs and hooks to reshape the feather. Hold the feather firmly at the top and with the other hand gently run your thumb down the inside spine of the feather pulling in a downward motion. Repeat this process until the hooks and barbs reattach and the feather is back in shape. If they are completely split, you may not be able to repair them and replacement is your only option.