Design Process: Mazu - Fascinator

The fourth piece that I made for my Poseidon's Palace thesis collection is called the Mazu; it is a fascinator or as I like to call it "a fancy hat".

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I start with a stiff piece of buckram. 

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Steaming the buckram to help mold it into the shape I want.

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The buckram is shaped and ready to go, it will be placed between the lining and the upper.

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Shaping the lining leather.

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Shaping the outside leather. Each piece is wet, then molded and has to be completely dry before it is removed from the head form. It takes a bit of time but it't totally worth it in the end.

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Cutting the hat to shape. It's amazing how little of this leather actually ends up in the finished hat.

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Molding the horns out of clay.

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The raw resin horns after I popped them out of the silicone mold. They will be sanded to shape and then painted to a pretty finish.

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The finished product after the stiffened lace and horns were added. 

Until next design,

Charanor