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More hats!

Thought I would post some of my more recent hats. Enjoy!
Please let me know if I posted any of these before. I cannot remember. LOL


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This one I gave to a friend. Sorry about the lighting. It's one of my more Steampunk hats, with gears on either side. I should have gotten better pictures of it before I gave it away, but hindsight and all that. I think it turned out really well. It's one of three I have made without making the frame as well. It's also bigger than I usually make them.


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This is one of the other hats that I have made with a pre-made form. The hat is not quite finished as I need to add some decoration and fix the lace trim at the back, but I really liked the fabric and the tulle with this one. Again, bigger than I usually make my hats.

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Sorry about the blurry on this one. Again, my camera sucks. This one I like because of the Day of the Dead feel to it. This is actually an older picture, I have since added cording around the brim to hide the edge of the brim and the gap there.


I have actually decided to look into what it would take to turn this hobby into a paying one by seeing what it would take to produce enough to sell. So far I've figured out what it costs to make them, still figuring out prices for selling them.
Oh, and I've decided to go under the name My Dapper Demon for once I do start selling them. :)

If anyone has any constructive criticism, tips or ideas for future hats please let me know! I love hearing back from people on these.

Comments

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captains_healer
Nov. 18th, 2012 01:36 am (UTC)
Nice! I'd love to see one that is red with black lace over it. And here is a link I have used in the past to help as a pricing guide. http://whatthecraft.com/how-to-pricing/#more-1127

Edited at 2012-11-18 01:37 am (UTC)
insane_spiral
Nov. 18th, 2012 07:37 pm (UTC)
Ooh, that sounds like a good idea, thank you!
Thank you for the link!
tentaclejen
Nov. 18th, 2012 03:00 am (UTC)
I love those little grinning skulls! What a great accent to the piece.
insane_spiral
Nov. 18th, 2012 07:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I got a large string of them for about $5 and I'm loving them. :)
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insane_spiral
Nov. 18th, 2012 07:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I am rather partial to that one. I think I'm going to ask to borrow it so I can take better pictures of it.
marysuofyay
Nov. 18th, 2012 04:10 am (UTC)
Woah, those are actually really nice hats. And the Steampunk market with tophats is really high right now; you could make a nice bit if you do it right.

But you're going to need a few things: Either a better camera or learn how yours can take non-blurry photos (I had an old 5 megapixel camera for a while that worked for my work, so it doesn't HAVE to be top of the line), a lightbox to take photos IN, and perhaps a mannequin head so people have a general idea what the hats can or would look like on themselves.

You can pretty much make a lightbox out of cardboard and paper if you don't want to buy an actual one. Youtube probably had tutorial videos.

And then things can be awesome.
girl_fawkes
Nov. 18th, 2012 02:56 pm (UTC)
This was 100% the advice I was going to give - it looks like you've got a great product, now you just need the means to make it something REALLY appealing for people.

Avenues you might consider: custom wedding items (steampunk wedding = HUGE right now) sold on a venue like etsy, and maybe seeing if there are Steampunk cons anywhere near you that you might be able to sell all weekend at - it does mean that you'll have to have lots of stock prepared in advance, which can be one of the trickiest things about having a crafting empire.

Good luck!!!!
insane_spiral
Nov. 18th, 2012 07:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
I intend to first start selling the hats at conventions, and I was thinking of doing custom orders as well. I've been warned away from Etsy from several people however, so I don't know if I'm going to go through that. I'm still considering it though.
The stock issue is the thing right now, as right now I only have about a little over half a dozen hats. Right now I'm trying to figure out how to get up the money to get the supplies I need...and where I'm going to put all the supplies, lol.
insane_spiral
Nov. 18th, 2012 07:40 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I want to get a better camera and I think I'm going to start borrowing my boyfriend's camera which is a lot better. I was thinking about the light box, but I didn't think about the mannequin head. I was thinking more of a hat stand of some sort, but the head would be a good idea for the hats that have headbands and then I can just take pictures of the ones with clips by themselves.
Thank you for the advice!
katzb101
Nov. 18th, 2012 10:59 am (UTC)
Oh those are awesome!
insane_spiral
Nov. 18th, 2012 07:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
thedeathfrisbee
Nov. 19th, 2012 04:36 am (UTC)
where to advertise
Definately advertise on the Goth and Steampunk sites - of which I no none, but that last one with the skulls is just fabulous!
insane_spiral
Nov. 20th, 2012 03:32 am (UTC)
Re: where to advertise
I need to get a better camera and a white box to take pictures in before I can pitch my wares to them, but I'll definitely will keep that in mind. Thank you!
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