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  1. Art Fawcett

    Hat making?? Learning Millinery..

    Thanks Rusty, I wish I could say it was a good Thanksgiving but it was spent in the Hospital with my wife. Emergency Tuesday night and not home till Sunday. She'll be fine so despite the lack of turkey, I'm immensly grateful. Cheers
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    Hat making?? Learning Millinery..

    I started aut 400 grit often working up to 1200 depending on the color and content of the felt. Please know that even within the same mfg. line, colors have their own idiosyncracies as to pouncing and sandpaper grit needed.
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    Hat making?? Learning Millinery..

    Hi TWK, Belfastboy has answered much about pouncing by hand so I won't need to go there. I used the orbital sander with a super fine grit in order to get the softest finish possible but trust me, this takes some serious practice so as a hobbiest, stay with hand pouncing. The only time I used...
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    Hat making?? Learning Millinery..

    Although all of sweat my work was by "eye", 5 to 7 degrees cut at the rear of the sweat usually works well. This is something you'll have to experiment with. A sewing machine was always my friend :)
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    Hat making?? Learning Millinery..

    I like the changes you made to the bow, looks cleaner than it did before Sir. As for the thread twisting, run the thread through thread wax before starting. It won't completely clear up the problem but will help a lot.. Also, give the sweatband a slightly more angled cut before sewing the rear...
  6. Art Fawcett

    The Brim and The Crown

    Thanks Rusty, I've been enjoying NOT being in the arena
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    The Brim and The Crown

    Hi Everyone, this is just a post to alert you hat a new book has been published recently as a guide to Custom hatters in the US and Worldwide. I was asked to help but my contribution was minimal. Here is the Amazon link to it. I can't find a website for it yet, maybe Mark will join in with more...
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    It got to me Sir!! It's easier to start a conversation though

    It got to me Sir!! It's easier to start a conversation though
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    Hat making?? Learning Millinery..

    Welcome to the Lounge Darrell, When I had this problem I wet the brim heavily at the wrinkles, sprayed lightly over the entire brim and used a heavy ( 20lb or so) dry iron to press them out, pulling the brim as I went. This assumes you still have the cording in place on the block. Without a...
  10. Art Fawcett

    Hat making?? Learning Millinery..

    OK BBoy, first the term is "singing" not "firing" although I can see why you would coin that given your experience with it. :) CVW is correct in the alcohol you should use but the normal spray bottle will give mixed results. I always used an atomizer sprayer as the droplets are smaller and more...
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    Homburg Nation

    Holy cow, great condition Bill. Beautiful hat
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    Hat making?? Learning Millinery..

    Where did you purchase the ones you would send out in the mail once the deposit was secured? Yes, I would not have undertaken this if it wasn't local and if I didn't know the client. Being able to try on the sample hat was a big step up and gave me the confidence to take it to the real felt...
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    Hat making?? Learning Millinery..

    This is exactly why I used the plastic conformator Robert. What if he didn't live close? If you have a formillion you can reproduce the shape without having to make the wooden band block, cutting down the time. Good work!!
  14. Art Fawcett

    Phoenix Hat Company

    Very good choice Six, nice work Rick!!

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