Haberdashery: Clockwork Hat


What's better than a hat? A hat with a freaking clock on it! I've been dying to do this project ever since I saw a leather fedora with a working clock on it, and it took me just a matter of seconds to complete -- so if you have the same enthusiasm as I, this should be a breeze.

- Clock
- Scissors
- Long cloth
- Your head (Surprisingly easy to forget -- remember that glass is dangerous)

Step 1: DeGut

Choose your clock -- be it a watch face or that huge, ugly cat thing from your grandmother's yard sale, all that matters in this project is the innards. It helps to have you clock broken so you don't feel too bad about demolishing it (Furthermore than it already is). Well, I just found this thing hanging around in our garage, and I saw it as the perfect opportunity to try the project.

This particular model was difficult to deal with -- no screws at all. I popped off those blue things that mark the multiples, which allowed me to get rid of the number interface. Then I had to get the workings out -- which were GLUED to the back of the base! Well, after that minor issue, I ended up with a little fun -- BREAKING THE GLASS! I simply stuck it in a paper bag and smashed it to my heart's content. Then I carefully took out the hands and BAM, I had the initial workings of the clock.

Step 2: The Wrapping

Now that you have the parts, all you need is a way to stick it on your hat. Get a long cloth (Probably that thing you stole from the back of those chairs from your sister's wedding) and wrap it around the diameter of your selected hat (I used an unfinished version of SelkeyMoonbeam's cardboard hat) and double the length. Whatever is left over is not needed, so lop it off and get going.

Fold your length of cloth in half and place your clock guts in the middle (Or as close as possible, it doesn't really matter). This should give you a good idea of where to put it. Now cover the guts with the top layer -- so it is basically sandwiched between two layers of cloth. Cut out an "X" where the arms are going to sprout from. Remove the arms and poke the arm-rotation-mechanism out of the "X", then replace the arms.

Step 3: Finish It Off

Secure the inner workings of the clock (Now is probably the best time to insert working batteries) to the cloth, and wrap it around your chosen hat. BOOM! Done -- unless you want to take it further and sew up those loose ends (I used tape while I awaited my mom's sewing skills), then your REALLY done. And I can tell you that the hands work SO much better on a cooler hat (My duct tape rendition isn't that great). Don't remember to send in your own photos (Because that always happens), and remember -- when in doubt dragon shout! (Or blow it up -- that's always fun)



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    9 Discussions


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Do you mean millinery? Millinery is the making of hats, while haberdashery is a wider range of clothes, suits and men's wear. I guess it doesn't really matter, so leave it as what ever you like. Sorry for being annoying! :P

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    6 years ago on Step 3

    Very cool idea, and nicely written up!

    I have just one slightly negative comment. The picture of your finished hat looks like it isn't going to work right. Specifically, when the minute hand gets down to about :20 past the hour, it's going to run into the brim and get stuck.

    Is this an artifact of how you took the picture?

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    Reply 6 years ago on Step 3

    Actually, I just had to find a hat to stick the piece on, and that cardboard mess was the only thing big enough to use. I didn't quite attach the clock to it (I still need it to be sewn), and I am also creating a new hat for it to reside upon.

    However, I do not understand what you mean by artifact.


    Reply 6 years ago on Step 3

    "Artifact" -- sorry about that. I meant that the way the minute hand appeared to be too long might just be an appearance, because of the angle of the camera or something, and not something real.

    We use that term in my field (physics), when you get something which appears to be a signal or a measurement, but is really just due to an electronic glitch, or a defect in the measuring device.


    Reply 6 years ago on Step 3

    That makes much more sense. Thank you for clearing that part up -- it also doesn't hurt that I learned a little bit of interesting science vocabulary.