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Making a Crazy hat inspired by the Folies Bergere!
Ok, so this hat was inda inspired by the Folies Bergere. It's quiet a long process; but its fun!
Enjoy anyway :]

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  • How to make a novelty hat. How To Make A Crazy Hat! - Step 1
    Step 1

    So I started off by designing something; which is always essential when making anything from scratch, because even if you know you won't stick with that Idea and it will look completely different at the end; at least you have a guide along with an idea of what the turn-out will be :D

  • How to make a novelty hat. How To Make A Crazy Hat! - Step 2
    Step 2

    Using a polystyrene model head; I had put a paper maché head piece molded; then to raise the height a littler; I used clay bonderweb; using my hands and water to sculpture the height.

  • How to make a novelty hat. How To Make A Crazy Hat! - Step 3
    Step 3

    I then decided; for the detailing on the side (featured in my design) in order to make it as light as possible; using a lightweight webbed metal, I sculptured only one of the shapes; deciding to stick with only one of the snake like ornaments.

  • How to make a novelty hat. How To Make A Crazy Hat! - Step 4
    Step 4

    Then using the bonderweb again; I molded it onto the the hat part.

  • How to make a novelty hat. How To Make A Crazy Hat! - Step 5
    Step 5

    Whilst I was waiting for the clay to dry; I decided I needed to make the circle part for atop the head; I had done a sample for this before, and I knew what would work; so I dyed some cream fabric a lemon color; then waited for it to dry (previously)

  • How to make a novelty hat. How To Make A Crazy Hat! - Step 6
    Step 6

    I then cut out the shape I wanted it to be; and putting some wadding behind, free machine embroidered a pattern I had wanted...

  • How to make a novelty hat. How To Make A Crazy Hat! - Step 7
    Step 7

    ...I had also done the back and furthermore using fabric paint in metallic golds and yellow; painting it.

  • How to make a novelty hat. How To Make A Crazy Hat! - Step 8
    Step 8

    I then strapped together loads of thing wires using masking tape and glue and slipping it insider to prevent it from being floppy; to give i some added strength and also covering it entirely in fabric stiffener.
    This would take 24 hours to dry out.

  • How to make a novelty hat. How To Make A Crazy Hat! - Step 9
    Step 9

    Whilst I was waiting for the remainder of my hat to dry out; i decided to make any additional things to go with it; so I found some bristly fringing to across the base of the hat; dying it a red (mainly because this was the only colored dye available at the time.

  • Step 10

    Putting it along the hem of the hat; it didn't look to good in my eyes; so i decided instead of making a complicated metal umbrella part for the other side of the hat; but putting it behind the circle part as added height.

  • How to make a novelty hat. How To Make A Crazy Hat! - Step 11
    Step 11

    I then started to add feathers and netting onto the metal curve.

  • How to make a novelty hat. How To Make A Crazy Hat! - Step 12
    Step 12

    I then waited until the next day; to start to paint the clay red; using acrylic, I had to go over in a few layers. I had also weaved some fabric around and painting the fabric stiffener glue atop.

  • How to make a novelty hat. How To Make A Crazy Hat! - Step 13
    Step 13

    Another angle.

  • How to make a novelty hat. How To Make A Crazy Hat! - Step 14
    Step 14

    Then, when this was all dry; I hammered and super glued this into the back, slotting nicely in.

  • How to make a novelty hat. How To Make A Crazy Hat! - Step 15
    Step 15

    I then gathered up some sequins on a string (you can buy at your local haberdashery) having around 5 meters.

  • How to make a novelty hat. How To Make A Crazy Hat! - Step 16
    Step 16

    I wound it around the snake part; using the glue gun to attach it on.

  • How to make a novelty hat. How To Make A Crazy Hat! - Step 17
    Step 17

    Then it was more or less finished; for neatening the inside you can use the glue gun to insert a fabric piece; also in order to keep this on, some kind of ribbon of tie should be supported.

  • How to make a novelty hat. How To Make A Crazy Hat! - Step 18
    Step 18

    side..

  • How to make a novelty hat. How To Make A Crazy Hat! - Step 19
    Step 19

    back :D

    Hope you enjoyed that!

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