Re: [TheCostumersManifesto] Felt cornish miner's helmets UK theatre production any advice?
Not too sure what these puppies looked like, but if I were in your spot, I'd try to find an inexpensive hat (of any material) that resembles the shape you need, then add pieces or cut/trim/decorate/distress to get the right look. What about a couple of those inexpensive pressed felt "costume" derbies, sewn together for strength, with the brim altered or trimmed down? (If your theater is anything like mine, you've probably got some used ones lying around already!)
If you have some time to play around, you could try making an approximate shape in flat pattern, cutting it of a heavy fabric (or even layers of fabric) and sizing it heavily over a block. Or (again, if you have some time) you could probably "recycle" some wool felt hats, if you have enough. Just wet with your sizing and stretch over a block. It's really easy, nothing to be afraid of. Heck, you should try one just for fun. (There was a discussion on here a while back about sizing hats...I think it was originally about stiffening a very wide brim.)
If their headlamp wicks need to be lit with a flame or an electric, I'd go with and inexpensive plastic "costume" helmet product and gussy it up.
Any mention of figgie hobbin in the play? It's the best pastry I've ever had...discovered it here in the states on a weekend in Mineral Springs, Wisconsin, where there was quite an influx of Cornish miners at one time.
judemunden <judemunden@...> wrote:
I am working on the production of a new D M Thomas play in Cornwall
UK and need to make some authentic looking miners helmets of the
period 1900 .I have seen some of the real things, the were made
cheaply in one piece felt, stiffened with resin (?) and had a lump of
clay on the front with a candle stuck in.
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- <judemunden@y...> wrote:
I have seen some of the real things, the were made
> cheaply in one piece felt, stiffened with resin (?) and had a lumpof
> clay on the front with a candle stuck in.I believe the origin of the hardhat is from the making of the errr
Hoover dam in the year errrr. They was baseball caps and I know they
was stiffened with resin. No idea if you was thinkling of stiffening
in the same way but anyway thats how it was done.
Good luck with which ever way you decide to make the hats