Dear Constant Reader,
Happy Friday! Here’s your tip!
Feathers are happiest in a moderate environment.
Optimally feathers should be kept between 60 and 75 degrees F and at 45-55% relative humidity (these are museum guidelines). Now, most of us don’t live in places that are that rigidly climate controlled, but there are still things we can do to keep our feathers at their best.
Avoid storing them near bathrooms, laundry areas and other places with high humidity as too much moisture can encourage mold. Also, keep them away from radiators, direct sunlight, and other sources of heat. If the feathers get too dry, they can crumble.
Don’t worry too much. Like I said, most of us don’t have perfectly climate controlled places to store our fans and boas and headdresses, but we can be aware of the issues.
I’ll be talking more about caring for feathers and other costume items at BurlyCon next month!
Like this tip? There are lots more in Miss Mina Murray’s Little Book of Better Burlesque.