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Topic: Hot night out? You need a PYROMANIAC HAT!  (Read 16379 times)
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« on: October 03, 2008 05:46:58 AM »

Ok..well I decided to do this challenge to fill in time. I walked down to the local shops. My budget was around $18 Australian ($15 US) but I wanted to keep the price low, because I'm poor.

I knew I wanted to do some sort of headgear, but beyond that I had no idea.
My items:

I bought...
- 1 kitkat (for personal sustenance, it's not my food item)
- 2 pairs XL black pantyhose
- 1 box of benino peppermint tea (my food item - my Mum hates this brand, it's weak and awful!)
- cotton twine
- a small face towel
- 10 boxes of matches (they cost $2..bargain)
- coffee filters.
All in all this was around $15.70...
Went home and began my EVIL PLANS.
First, I started brewing the tea to dye some string and my coffee filters.

But then, disaster struck! The coffee filters were unbleached, meaning they were brown! The peppermint tea was not going to have much of an effect. So..I cheated (forgive me...)
I got a couple of bags of rosehip tea and brewed them as well. Hey, they're not the main point of my project.

I put the string and some old sheet fabric into the steaming brews. The one on the left is the peppermint and has half the packet of teabags in it Tongue The kitchen smelled very intriguing after all of this teamaking.
While I was doing this I added a smoky flavour to some of my coffee filters and some sheet fabric.

I also fiddled around with my stockings

Then I started weaving the matches together with my string.

I made this fetching flower out of matches, coffee filters, the wrapper from the matchboxes and burnt fabric.

OK, after this, I sort of ran out of in progress shots. Basically, I cut the main body of the hat out of the face towel, and stitched these pleated dyed coffee filters around the edge. I also sewed on my bands of interwoven matches, and ruffles made of tea dyed fabric, burnt fabric and my kitkat wrapper. I disguised the edge of the hat with a stocking leg ruffle, and sewed the other leg inside it, to help keep the hat on.

I don't think it was completely finished in that photo.

Detail of the woven matches

coffee filter ruffles

I was trying to cultivate some sort of mysterious "I have no face" thing with the stockings, but..well, let's just say it didn't work. So I gave up trying to take photos of the hat on me, and put it on my soft toy tiger Jaga.

Ok, so it was finished. But I still had this little match doo-hickey that I hadn't used in the hat. So I decided to burn it.

Aww yeah.

And what about all those charred coffee filters and sheet fabric? Well, I suppose I could just burn them.

I still have heaps of matches left too!
Well, I hope you like my pyromaniac hat!
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« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2008 07:54:08 AM »

girl, you've got a real interesting mind on you, and I like it. Very very creative!

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« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2008 08:15:20 AM »

Holy creative batman!

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« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2008 12:22:21 PM »

That was one cute hat!  I loved it!

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« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2008 08:31:28 PM »

wow, that is one wild hat!

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« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2008 07:07:09 PM »

It looks like a harajuku girl hat! ~.~
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« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2008 07:55:59 PM »

That's the most brilliant hat I've ever seen. I love the concept, design, execution.... It goes on and on.  Shocked


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« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2008 10:51:52 PM »

Wow,your hat, all can say is wow  Shocked . (But my sis say it looks like something I would make.)  When I first looked at the completed hat; I was thinking samurai helmet of a ancient Japanese warlord (but made out of matches, paper, and fabric);the pleating, the matches, and the way the draping of the material on side and back reminds me of armor.  Do I sound crazy?  Any way, great hat!   

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« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2008 10:49:35 AM »

This is one of the most creative concepts I've seen...


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« Reply #9 on: October 08, 2008 06:28:35 PM »

OMG  I want this hat.  I want the mind that made this hat.  Please, please go to design school, the world needs you.  I LOVE the pleats, and the pyrotechnics! HOT! xoxo

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