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Steampunk Mad Hatter Hat by Challenger70TA Steampunk Mad Hatter Hat by Challenger70TA
So my decent into madness continues with my latest creation. If Steampunk and Alice in Wonderland ever crossed paths (some say AIW is already steampunk) this is what I would envision the Mad Hatters famous hat would look like. I'm pretty sure it wasn't the mercury this time that has caused me to go mad after this project. About 2 weeks or so worth of work in the making and around $60 to $70 dollars total in materials.

The hat itself is ENTIRELY scratch made by me. This is the third top hat I have made and at this point I have become pretty proficient at making them. The body is the thickest interfacing I could find covered in maroon velvet. Putting the pieces together is tricky as many of the angles will not fit on a sewing machine so the brim and lid had to be sew on by hand.

Although you can't see, it is gold satin lined with a brown faux leather sweat band. The hatband and bow is made from extremely thin sheet brass screwed to the hat itself...PAIN IN THE ASS!!! but looks very cool. Can't say I have ever seen anyone make a hatband out of brass yet.....but probably will after this. Just a FYI its EXTREMELY difficult and tends to be alil expensive. The lid of the hat, as you can see, has a trap door which open via a sliding knob attached to a scissor mechanism I designed inside the hat. By sliding the knob up and down it raises and lowers an actual period Victorian tea cup. The cup is magnetized to the mechanisms base plate so it stays in place when the hat is worn, yet still removable when lets say, its time for tea. ;)

I finished the inside of the hat lid off with a period wooden spool of cotton thread, 2x large vintage needles and my actual great grandmothers sewing scissors....obviously for display purposes only. I figured if the Mad Hatter were living in the Steampunk universe then his hat would be kinda like a Swiss Army knife. Let me know what you people out there in DA world think ;) The rest of this costume is to come and in the works!
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axemnas Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Student Filmographer
Brilliantly done. I did a hat that was supposed to do similar to the mechanism in the hat in high school it didn't work out nearly as well and since I knew very little about hats it was majority wood. Your hat's inspiring me to try again soon. Would it be alright if I asked you a few questions about how you did it in the future?
profnutty Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist
This is amazing, the little details it's absolutely perfect, seriously, I think that if he saw this he would most definitely love it ;) I love the compartment idea too, very clever and beatiful especially the cup being removable. Love.It!
Challenger70TA Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
Thank you, I have more pics of the build on my FB site,…
alicy-sunberg Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
That concept is so like him !!
So perfect !! XD
Challenger70TA Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
Thank you! There are more pics of the build on my FB page, 
FilipePVasconcelos Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Quite Good.
ninjacat66 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist
that's just cool
CommanderKip Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Dude, this is so legit. And I love the concept of the hat as a swiss army knife. Have you heard of Frank Beddor's book The Looking Glass Wars? In the book, the Hatter's hat turns into a throwing discus of spinning razor blades. Similar, if slightly more violent, concept. 
starbuckwhalerider Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Amazing work and I especially like the concept of the "Swiss Army" hat!  So many possibilities there...
AsylumsHoneyBee Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
would you consider making a tutorial for making a hat like this? I'd love to do something of a similar fashion with a slightly different theme.
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