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Greetings fellow airship traveler! as your captain i require the proper attire of my crew whilst aboard my ship. It can get below freezing in these altitudes so your going to need a hat, but not just any hat. This ship is well known throughout the world as the best dressed ship in the air and if you want to continue serving, you best get yourself a Top Hat!!!!!

I have ALWAYS wanted a top hat but have never been satisfied with the felt ones you get at amusement parks that have weird colors and look like The Cat in the Hat rejected them.... 
in this step by step guide i walk you through how to build a top hat such as mine. 

PLEASE read the discriptions as i did not photograph everything
 
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Step 1: Needed!

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Maybe you don't want a top hat that looks like mine, maybe you would rather have a stove pipe style like President Lincoln or taller and more flared out like the Mad Hatter

Paper and Pen, Sketch out how you want it to look, try different angles and styles until you figure out what exactly you want.

A prototype:
1. poster board, manila folders, card stock, anything you can use to cut, staple, tape, glue to make a working, fitted prototype. 
2. stiff wire, something if you bend it will hold its shape 
3. pencil, pen, markers
4. tape, glue and/or staples
5. razor pen

The Hat:
1. Leather, i recommend you use 3oz leather 
2. razor knife
3. fine point sharpie
4. Sewing Machine and thread
6. water!!! 
gabfolgado1 year ago
No it does not steampunk is Victorian era mixed with technology your telling me that a hat that is slightly Victorian is steampunk when it does not have the technology the equation for steampunk is Victorian mixed with tech no tech no steampunk
Perhaps you should reevaluate your definition of steampunk. You insist that it must include "tech" yet obviously not everything has to. For instance, most steampunks wear underwear. Does their underwear have to be steam powered or feature gears and such? Of course not. This hat is the hat of a steampunk; a steampunk being a person who is into victorian age "tech". The hat itself does not need to have "tech" to be a steampunk hat, though it is the perfect place to strap your goggles while not wearing them.

A quick glance at your profile shows that in the ten days since you joined your biggest contribution has been insulting other community members. I hope you can find a way to connect with the rest of the community in a more positive way in the future. Instructables is a really fun and encouraging place to be. Occasionaly you'll find something you don't like, but generally constructive criticism or silence is preferred rather than seemingly mean-spirited comments.
KMSCoring (author)  gabfolgado1 year ago
You lack imagination, i will pray for the people around you!! Thank you for the view and comments. They always help!!!
gabfolgado1 year ago
You made a hat big deal I can make a hat to a paper one maybe I should put that in instructables for steampunk and imagination
gabfolgado1 year ago
Your telling a 12 year old that he lacks imagination all your 'design' is is a leather hat you made that SIR IS NOT STEAM PUNK
gabfolgado1 year ago
That does not look steam punk at all
KMSCoring (author)  gabfolgado1 year ago
Yes it does :)
Zivig1101 year ago
Great instructable, I'm planning on making a leather hat myself. Where did you get your leather? I'm having a difficult time finding good options without purchasing a whole hide.
KMSCoring (author)  Zivig1101 year ago
Thanks :) I buy my leather at a Tandy leather, unfortunately, I too have to buy big pieces in order to make my smaller projects. It's such a bummer to spend that much money but the amount of projects you can do with a big peice of leather is worth the expense in my opinion. If you find a place that sells smaller pieces, let me know!!!!
Hey man, just stopping by to throw in my two cents. I really do think you did a great job, but I'll let you know some of the things I did differently.

When you turn the hat inside out the leather is in its most impressionable state. I tried to flip mine over evenly without crumpling it too much. That way the leather was still smooth and straight. Unfortunately I didn't get any pictures of how I did that but I just kind of started on one side and went around.

When I was forming it I pushed the top of the hat inward so the seam was hidden from anyone who isn't 8' tall.

I also gave the front and back of the brim a curve instead of going straight across (which might have been easier because of a deeper curve at the base of the crown of the hat).

Doing the double brim makes a big difference as well. With just one layer the brim can look thin, but doubling it up gives it body.

Still, all of those things are just stylistic changes. I've seen hats done in all kinds of different ways. Keep making! I'm interested to see what else you've made. More steampunk accessories perhaps?
KMSCoring (author)  The Rambler1 year ago
Thank you, I know it's hard to find time to do ones own project but to also review someone else's work in such a constructive manner shows your a genuine soul.

As for more projects, yes there will be more steampunk, after I'm done costuming my friends for the renaissance pleasure fair this year, I myself have never actually been to one. It I sure am good at making the costumes!!

And this weekend I will be adding another layer to my brim to "give it body!" I'll take pics and add them to the end of this instructable so you can see if your interested.

Thank you again and I look forward to future interactions in our future projects!
You make renaissance faire costumes but you don't go?! They're so much fun though! I'd love to see some of those costumes on here too.

I love talking about projects with people. It's one of the great things about this community, the positive feedback and encouragement from everyone, and when people ask for input from me I don't feel put out, I feel appreciated. So I'm more than happy to share.

Good luck with that second layer. I'm interested to see how you plan on attaching it.
KMSCoring (author)  The Rambler1 year ago
Lol, I'm interested on seeing that too, I think rubber cement and the sewing machine again...... Lol maybe

And my ren fair costumes will be posted, luckily I'll have multiple people to take photos for me while I work!!!
you make it look easy! what kind of thread did you use for this?
KMSCoring (author)  amandaghassaei2 years ago
I believe it was nylon but most any thread will work, thanks for the comment!!!
Cool! Kind of looks like a mix of a cowboy hat, top hat and steampunk hat :D
KMSCoring (author)  Penolopy Bulnick2 years ago
Thats what i was going for!! Thank you!!!!