Forming Felt Hats

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  1. Apr 13, 2019 at 1:24 AM #21

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    Back when I asked if it were applied with a paint brush? That really was a question. I'm asking some learned folks out there if using a brush is the proper method of applying the mix to a shaped hat.
     
  2. Apr 14, 2019 at 11:27 PM #22

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    I feel this thread has about run its course and you guys pretty much abandoned it. But before you all leave I'd like to get an answer to my question if it isnt too much trouble. Besides I wanted to see of its possible to reply to your own post. I feel we are an "experimenting" bunch !
     
  3. Apr 15, 2019 at 2:14 AM #23

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    I don't know the answer to the question regarding use of a paint brush. But, I can see no harm I trying it. Maybe go to a thrift/goodwill store and get a heap felt hat, even if it's a woman's hat, and try it there 1st. Maybe one of those wool daubers for applying leather dye would work if the brush doesn't?
     
  4. Apr 15, 2019 at 2:37 AM #24

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    Good thinking and thank you. I'll give both your ideas a try. I jumped the gun here last year and bought some old felt hats at Goodwill for wad making. Now I wound up with a little more than enough. Good for experimenting !
     
  5. Apr 15, 2019 at 1:31 PM #25

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    I'm sorry, I missed your question...
    I have applied true shellac to my British Serjeant's Hat. I used a good quality paint brush, and soaked the felt (it was wool felt not beaver), and allowed it to dry.
    NOTE: I also used a "hat jack" inserted within, one for a way to hold onto the hat, and two, to prevent it from shrinking up as the solution dried. This is also a VERY good idea when blocking the hat with steam or water.
    HAT JACK.jpg

    Again I'm sorry I missed your question :oops:

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  6. Apr 15, 2019 at 2:47 PM #26

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    Thanks for the tip. I have a homemade hat jack. It's a bit more "crude" than your store bought model but it does work. You hardly ever find the right sizes of hats at Goodwill. So most of the hats get a good stretching as they are being steamed as the steaming also seems to help with the stretching.
     
  7. Apr 15, 2019 at 3:19 PM #27

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    Like BrokenNock mentioned, I will try on my crappiest hat first!
    I was thinking of using one of those sponge brushes they use for stain to apply it.
    Bought shellac yesterday
     
  8. Apr 15, 2019 at 3:42 PM #28

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    A few years ago I bought some of those foam brushes. And I've been wondering what to do with the few I have left.This "hat-forming- project" seems like a good way to use one up. Now if I can only find them ?? Also I've been wondering. Years down the road when these shellaced hats are discarded and IF they are used for wad making . Would the shellac residue interfere in anyway with black powder?
     
  9. Apr 15, 2019 at 8:00 PM #29

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    LOL!!
    Good question!!
    While we're speaking about recovering felt wad material from improvised sources; What do you think about punching wads out of left over blanket scraps?
    I already use an arc punch to make leather wads out of my leather scraps...
     
  10. Apr 16, 2019 at 1:38 AM #30

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    I've heard of making wads from old Army overcoats and blankets. And I am assuming you Are talking about wool , right? So I see no reason as to why not. Experimenting is a big part of this hobby. Heck, go for it.
     
  11. Apr 16, 2019 at 1:11 PM #31

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    I hate throwing anything usable away so I will put my arc punch to work on those wool scraps!!
     
  12. Apr 16, 2019 at 3:51 PM #32

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    One of those old hats from Goodwill is already a box of dry wads. Its surprising how many wads one could get off of a hat. It was a rather noisy operation but hey I enjoyed that part of this hobby.
     

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