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    Default Bleaching Pheasant Tails

    Could someone tell me how best to bleach some Cock Pheasant tails prior to dyeing them blue dun please? I don't want to ruin them by making them brittle.
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    Rich.

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    Quote Originally Posted by richfish1 View Post
    Could someone tell me how best to bleach some Cock Pheasant tails prior to dyeing them blue dun please? I don't want to ruin them by making them brittle.
    ie: solution, times.
    Rich.
    I was going to give it a go with a couple of CPTs next time I'm bleaching some deer hair, Rich.

    This is what I've been using on the deer hair...

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jerome-Russ...ywords=bblonde

    You get 4 sachets in a pack, for each of which you need a bottle of this...

    Jerome Russell Bblonde Cream Peroxide 40 Vol 12% Lightner | Superdrug

    A shot of shampoo added to the mix makes it more workable. After trying brushes and combs, I'm finding it's best just to work it in with fingers. Wear vinyl or latex surgeons' gloves, obviously! I have not tried it on feathers yet, but as mentioned, a couple of CPTs are next on the list. I can get any number from the winter pheasant shoot - though they are pretty low grade, coming from this year's 'stockies' . However, good for experimenting with on bleaches and dyes...

    I'm trusting that as it is meant for being safe to use on human hair, it is not going to rot fur and feathers, if used according to the instructions. However, I experimented with times. It says in the instructions to give it 15 to 90 minutes. First lot I did at 50 minutes seems fine. However, I gave the last lot the full 90 minutes, and one of the pieces shows some separation of hair and skin (like you get if you dye tanned skin) .

    It's 'high lift', rather than whitening, so your CPTs wouldn't be pure white. The paler the starting material, the whiter the result. The darker the starting material, the darker the result.

    For comparison, here is a normal piece of roe, and a very dark piece of roe, both given the Bblonde treatment.




    Col
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    Here's my results with the Bblonde...

    I used the dregs from a session of bleaching roe deer, so it wasn't a priority. I had some paste left, and I tried to work it into 5 sections of CPT. It was more a case of smearing it. . But I got it done. Of the 5 pieces I did, 4 were lifted quite a few shades (I'm learning the hairdressers lingo ). One piece was distinctly less lifted than the others - on the right below. However, that piece has given a nice result, just leaving it as it is. Of the remaining 4 pieces, I dyed one in a bath of 15:1 EBEST yellow:Jacquard Hot Fuchsia, and one in the 1980s claret that Jimmy gave me.


    l-r...

    1 bleached
    2 bleached then dyed WOIGO (well, 15:1 )
    3 bleached
    4 bleached then dyed claret
    5 bleached

    Col
    Please note that any views expressed in this post may be those of the
    originator and do not necessarily reflect those of the reader.

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    I added 1 part 20 volume hydrogen peroxide (available at beauty supply stores), 2 parts clear ammonia and let it sit for a couple hours. You want to do this outside.




    Regards,
    Scott

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