Feather Fans: Talulah makes Burlesque feather fans to order, normally with a very quick turn around. Talulah can't keep all of the fans in stock, so you need to get in touch and she can tell you how quickly she can make what you need. Some fans are available to buy from the shop section.
The fans can range from 1 metre in span to 6ft in span.
Talulah Blue does custom orders arranging feathers as you would like them to create unique fans for performance. Clients Include: ITV's This Morning, Channels 4's Hollyoaks, Marie Claire Magazine, Chrys Columbine & Marnie Scarlet. Talulah Blue fans are now being danced with in Japan, Italy, Australia, Switzerland, Germany and the UK.
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A guide to feather fans
Spadone feathers - Male feathers, they are more stiff, so not as floppy, they are not as thick, so cost a little less. I find these feathers good if you want to do a really fast dance.These are feathers I get in the UK, in standard stock colours, so I can do quite a quick turn around on these fans. A good price if you are starting out, or want fans that will keep their shape while you fling them around. I put these only on bamboo staves.
Plume Grade A feathers - Big fluffy, floppy feathers, they are good for slower dances and posing, where you use the natural flow and bounce of the feather. I get these feathers shipped in, Grade A, they can be dyed to requested colours, so they cost more. They look lovely in double layer, to look like a star, experienced performers would have triple or quadruple layer fans, at 5ft in span and larger - This is something you need to build up to.
Other feathers - Peacock, pheasant, cockerel.
Bamboo staves - 16 stem, 12 inches long. Small, light and the traditional material used to make feather fans. Easier to use, and you can dance faster with them. I do suggest these for your first pair of fans. They come in light and dark wood, I don't always have both in stock as my supplier struggles to have them all due to large demand. They can be sprayed to a colour if you wish, personally I much prefer natural wood.
Acrylic staves - 12 stem, 12 inches long. Clear in appearance, they can be a little chunky on the hands, you do have to dances a little slower with them, but pretty much unbreakable, so cost a little more, and great for triple layer or huge fans, as they can easily handle the weight of all the feathers. These fans will last you a lot longer, they are an investment. If you are just starting out they will hurt your hands for a while, but no pain no gain!
Medium - One metre in span. I suggest these fans if you are just testing fans out to see if you want to make fan dancing a solid part of your acts.I use my medium fans in acts where the fan dancing is not the main part, but I where I want to fill a little time with some feathers.
4.5ft - This is the general size of my larger fans, the average size they come out based on how big ostrich feathers are. I normally use bamboo staves for these, unless I am using grade A feathers then I will use acrylic.
5ft - To get them this size they need to be triple layer, it's advisable to have three layers when they are so big, as you don't want to see gaps in between the feathers. I strongly advise acrylic staves when fans are this big, as the weight of the feathers might cause bamboo to snap.
Talulah blue fans are created right and left handed, if ordering one fan please state which hand you would like it to be.
Fans can be any mixture of colours, spandones are no extra charge, Grade A plumes have a charge for every colour as they are dyed to order.
Large double layer fans are surprising light, they only start to get heavy at triple layer.
Don't be afraid to maintain you're fans, they will need a little upkeep now and then, they are not invincible.
It is important to check your fans properly before you go on stage, look at the bolts, they may need tightening.
If they have a bolt you should own 2 pliers, and for the acrylic staves a flat head screw driver.
If you get them wet use a comb and a hair dryer to slowly dry them. Dyed feathers make leak colour, so be careful where you put them!
If a feather comes loose, and you urgently need to fix your fans for a show, use hot glue or fabric glue, and tie a bit off cotton around the feather and staves to hold it in place while it dries.
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Chrys Columbine with her Talulah Blue feather fans
Boyz magazine - BogGeorge front cover, with Chrys Columbines rainbow feather fans