Jack Roberts

How to "cock" a hat.

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So I made my own and they rock. Check it out.

The Blank

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The Template.

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I used this to trim the edges fairly even and straight.

A little chalk and a template. You're set.

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Trimming

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Ahh, the trimmings. Hides a lot.

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Freashly steamed!

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The Finished product.

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Tada!! All in all about 6 hours for the 2 hats.

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Looks great, and I like the Grey trim!

Now stick it on you gourd and take another pic!

GoF

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I used a 1.5" cotton weave for the trim and hand dyed the pieces gray, which came out great looking.

I haven't seen it with the costume yet. Then again i'm also chaning the colors and stye of the one i've been wearing. But there it is on top of me head.

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This thread should probably be a sticky one... as this question gets asked a lot and its a pretty darn good reply.

Hats of to Amanjiria

GoF

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If you wanna get rrealy fancy, you can also line the hat....

Start with a strip of cloth the same length as the inside of the hat, and about 3 1/2" tall...

sew it into a tube, and then sew in a casing around the top edge....leaving a small opening in the casing ......

run a lingth of cord through the casing...

then turning the other edge, sew it into the hat.... (the stitches don't have to go all the way through the felt, just enought to hold the lining in place)

The opening for the cord should go to the back of the hat....

The cord slightly gathers the top edge of the lining so it fits inside the hat.

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You can just see one end of the knotted cord at the back of the hat in the picture

(ignore the sweat stains.... this one is over three years old......)

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I never thought of lining my hat!! Very nice Patrick!

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Where can i get a blank like that?

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Looks nice, Amanjiria. A few questions: How wide is the blank, what'd you use to trim the hat, and how'd you steam it?

Also, how historically accurate would wearing the uncocked hat be? I really like the way it looks, but I'm going for historical accuracy...

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I like these people ...close to me. :lol:

http://www.hatcrafters.com/

Blanks on page 12

Also check the sticky on garb in the Plunder section under hats.

If you live near Amish you may be able to get them from there also.

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With regards to hatcrafters, I had purchased a hat there a while back, very superb indeed, but as of lately it fell into a lake and has thus lost its hardness and form, would steaming help give the hat it's form back?

(I emailed them as well, just figured I'd ask here too.)

:lol:

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With regards to hatcrafters, I had purchased a hat there a while back, very superb indeed, but as of lately it fell into a lake and has thus lost its hardness and form, would steaming help give the hat it's form back?

(I emailed them as well, just figured I'd ask here too.)

:rolleyes:

yes and seawater cause i did tht to mine and lost alot of hardness and i got from the beach yesterday nite brung my hat home now it's stiff when i got it new2 :P

68791yb.jpg there it is my one and only tricorne...

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Looks nice, Amanjiria. A few questions: How wide is the blank, what'd you use to trim the hat, and how'd you steam it?

The width of the blank depends on who blocks it. When you order a blank it should tell you how wide the brim is from the crown.

I just used sissors. If you look at the pics, I made a roundish template and maked on the brim with chalk. Trim to taste.

Steaming the hat I just boiled some water and held the portion of the hat I wanted flexible and steamed it.

On stiffness and weatherproofing your hat. I used shellac, diluted with denatured alcohol. Then brushed on until it soaked through. I used about a

1 part shellac and 2 part alcohol. Makes it really stiff, like a semi hard shell. Use less shellac if you don't want it that stiff.

As you use shellac the hat will get "floppy" and soft. It will also shrink so you need to find a way to keep its shape as you shellac. I think I just put a headrag on and plopped my hat on me head until it started to set. Not sure how safe that is but its what I did.

Sorry about not getting back to the questions sooner. I've been out of town working. :unsure:

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In sixth scale modeling, aquanet is freqnetly used to stiffen a felt hat. That's craft felt, and it doesn't water proof, so I'm not sure about the practical application of such an idea.

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Not sure how safe that is but its what I did.

Cool.... I'm not the only one who does stupid, or questionably unsafe methods of making stuff...... :lol:

I always feel that I should put in a disclaimer that some of the ways I make stuff may be unsafe, but it's how I do it...... :unsure:

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At the Northern California Pyrate Festival, my face got sun burned from wearing only a cocked hat.... so I figured I'd make a new hat for really "sunny" occasions.....

The first two pictures show the hat blank that I bought from one of the merchants at the Festival for $28.00.....

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I use boiling water instead of steam when I block a hat (it's just the way I learned how to stretch hats when I was a kid...)

This picture shows the crown of the hat full of boiling water.... once it all drains through the felt, It's ready to stretch...

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This picture shows the blank after it's been stretched over the container in the photo....

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The next post will be on finishing the hat blank.....

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Im really liking this thread because I too wish to create my own tricorn..I guess my question would be? Do you have to trim the tricorn? Or cut the uneven edges?

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The hat blank that I bought, didn't have ragged edges, so I didn't have to trim it..... there were a few small spots, but the edge trim would cover them.....

I had some blanket binding, so that is what I used....

Starting at the back, folding the binding in half, I started to sew it on using a running stitch, passing the needle close to the edge on both sides.... I had to adjust and slightly push the top or bottem edges so the were even on both sides of the brim.... also by pushing the binding tight over the edge of the hat, I avoided too much puckering .....

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It took about an hour to sew all the way around the brim..... I used really tiny stitches......

Also shown in the linen lining.... it is sewn into a tube, with a casing along the top edge for a drawstring....

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To sew in the lining, I turned the bottem edge under, and whip stitched the lining to the hat.... I don't push the needle all the way through the felt, only about half way..... just enough to keep the lining in place...That way the stitching wont show from the outside of the hat.

When the lining is sewn in, I then slightly tighten the drawstring, so it fits inside the hat.

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I still have to decide what I want to do for a hat band..... but this is the (almost) finished hat....

I will keep the sun outta my face.... the biggest problem with such a large brim is that they do tend to blow off yer head in a strong wind...

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I keep seeing the title of this thread as:

"How to COOK a hat!"

:huh::huh:

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Nice Pat! Love the lining. I'm going to have try that on my next hat or hats.

Captain Siren of the Poesidon  Posted on Jun 23 2007, 11:56 AM

  Im really liking this thread because I too wish to create my own tricorn..I guess my question would be? Do you have to trim the tricorn? Or cut the uneven edges?

It really depends on the blank when you buy it. The Jas - Townsend blanks come with a kind-of scalloped edge that need to be trimmed to make it smooth. You can see how they look in the first pic of the thread. I have made a couple of hats where I didn't sew any trim on the edges and left them just trimmed. Let me see if I have any pics of that hat.

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Well done!

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Here is a pic of a hat without any trim on the edges. Looks kinda rough, and well Piratey. :huh:

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I had a quick question

Say I bought wool felt at a craft store, could I theoretically use that to form a hat? (as opposed to buy a hat blank and just shaping it)

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That looks really really cool, well done! :)

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I had a quick question

Say I bought wool felt at a craft store, could I theoretically use that to form a hat? (as opposed to buy a hat blank and just shaping it)

Has to be really thick felt and most craft stores and fabric stores carry very thin stuff..

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