Craft Felt Sculpture V-Day "Rose" Hat Project at The Costumer'sManifesto Costume Design & Construction Craft Felt Sculpture Hats 5D+10C
In addition to making
normal hats with craft felt, craft felt can be used to make unusual sculptural hats, such as those shown here. Craft felt, when soaked in glue can hold large complex shapes that are very strong:
Only the central banana in the hat below is made with
foam airball, all the leaves, peel, cap and coconuts are just glue and felt:
Felt and glue also makes a good basis for designs using paint to make strong graphic statements:
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Felt is extremely soft and pliable when damp, and can be pulled into curves, or tucked into pleats that mimic natural shapes:
Felt can be cut into small motifs that can be applied to the surface in raised designs using the glue as both fixative and surface glaze:
These felt glue-appliquéd designs become part of the body of the hat, while also having a slightly raised surface that makes paint application easier, and the surface texture more interesting to look at.
Small, otherwise useless scraps of feltcan be blended into a complex whole to make waves, feathers or plant life in gradient color.
This technique can also be used to make armor and other objects:
What you need:
A wooden or foam head or hat form in a size larger than the performer's head.
A plastic bag to cover the form
White glue that dries clear (nontoxic)
craft paint brush
Craft felt pieces and scraps
T-pins or other strong pins
Newspapers or plastic to cover your workspace
2 large rubber bands
paint if desired
Render your hat design on paper to give yourself a plan to work towards. You may end up changing your plan slightly, but starting without a plan is definitely a mistake. The instructions below detail how to do a V-Day "Rose" hat like the one shown, but you may choose to design a different style of hat and can extrapolate your own process based on your design crossed with the instructions below.
Cover your workspace with plastic or newspapers, bag your head form in the plastic bag, and use a rubber band to hold the bag close to the head without a lot of air space.
When it is finished, photograph the hat and sketch as jpeg files and post them to your File folder at the class eGroup
. Post a message to the group letting everyone know you have posted these pictures so you can get feedback.