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01 Dec 2008 - 21:118037
Making a hat...?
This is really for my next project; Claus F. Lester (not getting into the whole translation thing).


Anyway, I really have no idea on how to make the hat. I kind of have no experience in the area.


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01 Dec 2008 - 21:298039
Look into something called "Fosshape"! It's a material that can be sewn, cut using normal scissors etc. then you can turn a hair drier on it and particles of plastic in it melt and fuse the fabric together, making it strong.

A lot of people use that to make tophats, so I don't see why it couldn't work for a mage looking hat? ^_^


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01 Dec 2008 - 22:108045
Quote sjbonnar:
Look into something called "Fosshape"! It's a material that can be sewn, cut using normal scissors etc. then you can turn a hair drier on it and particles of plastic in it melt and fuse the fabric together, making it strong.

A lot of people use that to make tophats, so I don't see why it couldn't work for a mage looking hat? ^_^


http://www.dazian.com/html/fosshape.html

This is it, right?

Just wondering where I could get it from.


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02 Dec 2008 - 15:038060
You could have a shot at making it out of felt. Pretty much just like real hats, except with normal felt and PVA glue! The hardest part of the operation is making the form to shape the felt over. I’ve used this tutorial successfully. http://www.costumes.org/Advice/costcraftsmanual/tmpjk10.htm

I’ve heard great things about Fosshape, and the method of making a hat is fairly similar to the felt process. The one downside is that it still needs to be painted or covered in fabric once you’re done. The felt doesn’t need that so long as you use brown felt!

If you can’t get hold of Fosshape, making a frame out of any material you feel comfortable with - craft foam, card etc. then covering it in fabric would basically be the same ideal although it may not be quite so easy or neat.

You can get Fosshape here:
http://www.cosplaysupplies.com/store.php?s=XC0V
And the site has a handy guide to it too which would be worth reading through.


02 Dec 2008 - 19:018067
I can definitely recomend using Fosshape for hats. It's really great stuff to use!
As was mentioned above you do tend to have to cover the hat once heated but that's really only if you don't like the texture of the material. Because it is material before heated you can dye it like you would with other fabrics.
I've made Fosshape to do three hats so far, two Red Mage hats and The Big Clow Card hat and both shapes have worked really well!


02 Dec 2008 - 19:358068
Oh good, I'm glad my advice wasn't totally wrong LOL

And CosplaySupplies is the best place to get it from as well! Amazing site ^_^


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02 Dec 2008 - 21:458071
OK so I would just have to create a cone or something to get the shape and sew it in the shape before ironing it, right? Then I could cover it or paint it.

How much do think I would need?


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