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October issue - 1998

All American Emu Express,
Pennsylvania

What happens when you mix an avid angel collector, an arts & crafts person and an emu farmer? You would probably wind up with Mary Ann Dunkel, who has managed to combine all three of her interests in a profitable enterprise called feather angels. "I've been making the angels for about a year now. I collect angels of all types and I got the idea for the angels because I thought the feathers would make a real nice wispy, delicate angel. The feathers from the body are just right for making the flowing gown of an angel and the double feathers are just perfect for a pair of angelic wings". While at first glance these delicate ornaments may seem simple to make, Mary Ann assures us there is a lot work involved. How would you go about washing a bag of emu feathers? "Don't try to wash the feathers in a pillow case in your automatic washer. I tried that and what came out was a massive ball of feathers with quills sticking out everywhere. It looked like someone had just drowned a porcupine!" Mary Ann gives each batch of feathers at least 3 washings and 3 risings in her "big old fashioned rinse tubs". The fourth and final time the feathers are soaked in a disinfecting solution. The next step is to divide the feathers into piles for dying. The amount of time the feathers are left in the dye determines how intense the color will be. Then comes the drying. She has graduated from using a hand held hair dryer to a special box type dryer created by her dad. Finally, she is ready to assemble the angels! She uses a wooden bead with a face painted on and glue the feathers in one end for the body. Add the halo, wings and ribbon trim and viola, you have an angel ready for your Christmas tree. Now, if you are not interested in going through all of this work, you can purchase one of Mary Ann's feather angels for $4.00 plus shipping and handling. Contact her at:
All American Emu Express
R. D. #3 Box 281
Tyrone, PA 16686
814-684-1999 or 814-684-5010
Fax 814-684-3044
Email: emulady@email.msn.com 

Note from the editor - we recently heard that due to health problems Mary Ann is no longer able to make these angels.  However, her husband's company, All American Emu Express still has these available for purchase.  Email emukeeper@yahoo.com for more info.
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