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".
I start with a stiff piece of buckram.
Steaming the buckram to help mold it into the shape I want.
The buckram is shaped and ready to go, it will be placed between the lining and the upper.
Shaping the lining leather.
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.
Cutting the hat to shape. It's amazing how little of this leather actually ends up in the finished hat.
Molding the horns out of clay.
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.
The finished product after the stiffened lace and horns were added.
Until next design,