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Easy Steampunk Top Hat

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What you will need:

- Costume top hat (available at party city or other costume stores
- 2 push button lights
- elastic headband
- hot glue gun
- Gold/copper wire
- wire cutter
- Gold paint
- feathers
- brown fabric
- lots and lots of gears

The idea with this is to just hot glue everything into the place you want it along the brim of the hat or along the top.
We decided to create brass goggles out of push button lights and use wiring and gears to decorate them.
Depending on what you find, you can add stovepipes, stopwatches, lights, coils, really anything you want onto your steampunk hat. 
Cool! I really like all the details. You should enter this into the Holiday Gifts Contest!
karossii1 year ago
That's not a top hat, but a fedora...
is it a fedora or a Stingy Brim Pork Pie Hat?
treese1 (author)  Lorddrake1 year ago
definitely not a fedora. I think it may look that way because of the lens I was using to take the picture and the size of the "goggles", but it is in reality a top hat.
No, one of the defining features of a top hat is the fact it has straight sides; they do not slope in or out in the slightest. The circumference at the base and at the crown will be identical, with no curves or slopes between. That hat, which looks strikingly like a fedora, may be some other type of hat, but it is definitely not a top hat...
I have to disagree .. a top hat does not necessarily have to have straight sides.  in fact many tended to flair out towards the top. I believe the hat you are thinking of is the stovepipe hat.  While very similar there are subtle difference. Stovepipe hats are taller than top hats.  They are generally considered a more casual everyday hat whereas the tophat is more for formal affair, the stovepipe hats have a flat brim rather than an upturned brim, and most importantly the straight sides as opposed to the flair that top hats have.
treese1 (author)  karossii1 year ago
I'm glad to have the advice of a head-wear aficionado. I'll take that into account when building Mark II. Thank you, sir.
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