Image: New repair of tail feather

New repair of tail feather

Once the old tape repair was removed and the broken ends examined, and new repair method was selected to join the two pieces and strengthen the feather. A small drop of adhesive was place on the end of the broken section to hold the two pieces together and anchor them during the next step. Two pieces of nylon thread were cut to a length extending either side of the break. They were dragged through some adhesive and carefully laid along side the center of the feather (one piece of nylon on either side). This work was very delicate and carried out under magnification. 

Kate Jones
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