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LeStryge
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PostSubject: Progress of Steam.   Progress of Steam. Icon_minitimeTue Sep 17, 2019 7:33 am

I intend this bloke to end up as a Steampunk figure for a planned scenario, but at present I am working just on the hat. (Clothing will certainly change. Also trying/struggling to make a brocade waistcoat!)
The difficulty with the top hat was to get that subtle inward curve in the upper part so that it doesn't just look like a straight up and down stovepipe.
Kept me awake all night working out methods I could use.
Anyway, it's only a work in progress.

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PostSubject: Re: Progress of Steam.   Progress of Steam. Icon_minitimeTue Sep 17, 2019 8:01 am

Cool pic!
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PostSubject: Re: Progress of Steam.   Progress of Steam. Icon_minitimeTue Sep 17, 2019 5:03 pm

Well, you seem to have figured out the curve in the sides of the hat crown! Looks appropriate to scale!

(I'd ask how you achieved it, but that is probably a trade secret.)

Nice goggles, too. Did you use metal washers?

Leather hatband! Upscale, indeed!

Impressive work thus far!

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PostSubject: Re: Progress of Steam.   Progress of Steam. Icon_minitimeTue Sep 17, 2019 7:50 pm

Looks like you have the hat dimensions and shape nailed anyway. Great looking piece.

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PostSubject: Re: Progress of Steam.   Progress of Steam. Icon_minitimeTue Sep 17, 2019 8:19 pm

Very cool hat cheers cheers

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I BLAME DAL lol!

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PostSubject: Re: Progress of Steam.   Progress of Steam. Icon_minitimeTue Sep 17, 2019 10:27 pm

Thanks to all!
Your positive comments are very much appreciated.
It's a cardboard base with felt overlay, but as I said it was getting that damn curve to look right that was the biggest difficulty. Of course it would have been FAR easier to just go cylindrical but all the steampunk hats I've seen are curved. The method I came up with was to cut a series of crescent openings like this () in the long cardboard strip, curve it round onto the base and then tie a strong cotton round the centre to pull the sides in, which of course closes all the openings up. Be sure to initially cut the strip a little taller than you want the finished hat to be, as pulling in the sides reduces the height somewhat. Add the crown then cover with felt and decorate with the usual goggles, cogs, chains and other ephemera.  It seemed to work better than I thought.

The goggles are indeed washers, (two each with green cellophane lenses sandwiched between) but in future I'd go with the thicker split washers that can be squashed flat. The rivets are just drops of PVA. As I said this hat was pretty much an experiment and I will probably remake it, or at least upgrade it for the finished figure.

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PostSubject: Re: Progress of Steam.   Progress of Steam. Icon_minitimeWed Sep 18, 2019 4:53 am

Thank you for the explanation of the hat-making process.

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PostSubject: Re: Progress of Steam.   Progress of Steam. Icon_minitimeWed Sep 18, 2019 6:46 am

You're most welcome Dave!
If you do have a go yourself maybe it might save you having to experiment like I did.

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