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The Double Teardrop

Discussion in 'Hats' started by jimmy the lid, Jun 8, 2009.

  1. jimmy the lid

    jimmy the lid I'll Lock Up

    OK, gents, I'm going out on a limb here. I would love to get your objective feedback on last night's project...

    Creasing my AB Deluxe has always presented somewhat of a challenge. Marc Kitter used the Crystal Skull block on this one, and sent it to me in open crown condition. When I received the hat, I tried a few dry bashes just to check out the possibilities. Without any work whatsoever, this lid fell perfectly into place with the traditional center dent -- it almost creased itself. So, in that sense, the hat really wanted to be a center dent by its very nature. In fact, my dog whispered as much to me...:D

    I would have been OK with the center dent, but, it sat right on the top of my noggin -- so I went with a teardrop instead. The teardrop that I put in the hat initially passed muster, I think, but I have never been completely happy with it. It seems that the combination of the Crystal Skull block and a teardrop crease left a fairly large "dome" (or "inner teardrop" as I like to call it ;)). I had to sink the inner teardrop down in order not to have the dome portrude up over the top of the sides of the lid (which is a terrible look, IMO).

    Last evening, I decided to raise the height of the teardrop to where I would normally have it. This resulted in the dome portruding fairly significantly above the sides of the lid. The question was how to keep the teardrop where I wanted it, but somehow be able to lower the height of the top of the dome itself.

    My solution was to create a double teardrop. It's an unconventional look, I'll admit, but it accomplished what I was after. I'm not posting this because I think that anyone will particularly like this crease -- I'm posting it to share a somewhat different approach and to solicit your feedback. If you like it great -- if you don't, great. I'm just curious as to how this look strikes you -- any feedback is welcome. Anyway, here goes...





  2. To be frank, it looks a bit much. The crease however looks perfect- as if a machine did it. I applaud your skill!!!:eusa_clap
  3. It's help to see you wearing it.
  4. JtL it certainly is an interesting solution to your problem and I can confidently say that I have never seen anything like that before. It's difficult to describe my reaction to it. Kind of like the three breasted woman from Total Recall - more of what you like, but somehow not right... :D
  5. Getting close to another "bullseye" look for the birds to take aim at! Most folks only see that crease off your head & that itself can be a conversation piece. If it looks good on your noggin which I know it does given your previous work, that's all that matters, right?
  6. lol lol lol lol
    Best comment ever.

    Thank you!
  7. It does look a bit strange to me, but it solves the problem, and if you're happy with that is what counts. I'm with gtdean, it gives the hat the look you want while you are wearing it, keep it. Also, as someone else mentioned, very nice job making that crease, it is perfectly done, no matter what you think of it.
  8. jimmy the lid

    jimmy the lid I'll Lock Up

    FFF -- that is very funny, and pretty much describes my own reaction. I want to like it, but I don't think it comes off as organic to the hat.

    I really appreciate the honest feedback, folks. Sounds like, so far, your own reactions are similar to my own. Thanks.

  9. Try it as a Jello mold.

  10. carter

    carter I'll Lock Up

    Well, Mr. Powers...

    I believe you've succeeded in creating the Mini Me crease.

    As stated, if it looks good on your noggin, wear it with confidence. No one will know you're totin' a sidekick.
  11. Is this a new kangaroo teardrop? I see the baby kangaroo teardrop in its pouch! :D
  12. Lefty

    Lefty I'll Lock Up

    initial thoughts:

    alien head.

    (Tommy Boy singing voice)
    Big hat on a little blo-ock.


    Like rumblefish said, impressive, but a bit much.
  13. jimmy the lid

    jimmy the lid I'll Lock Up

    Well, it is the Crystal Skull block, after all...;)

  14. Lefty

    Lefty I'll Lock Up

    Then shouldn't it be shaped a bit more like this?

  15. jpbales

    jpbales Practically Family


    interesting analogylol

  16. Just one Man's opinion

    I like it.:eusa_clap
  17. I am thinking crop circles..
    An interesting look.
  18. I LOVE IT! :eusa_clap :eusa_clap :eusa_clap :eusa_clap
    I loved it 55years ago, when this guy did it.

  19. carldelo

    carldelo One Too Many

    As previously stated, nicely executed - whatever works, eh?
    I propose calling this the Edsel bash, for obvious reasons:

  20. airforceindy

    airforceindy One of the Regulars

    Nice, but definitely "3rd-boob"...

    As stated in the very first reply, it's a testament to your skill with the teardrop bash, Jimmy. I do have to agree with you and pretty much everyone else, though, it looks like too much of a good thing, particularly on a hat as unassuming as an Indy (even if it is Mark Kitter Special!). Even if you're not going for an Indy look, that felt/bow/color format begs subtlety.


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