Get a good cup/glass of something, cos this is a photo heavy post of how I made this top hat!
Why is it that I always land up working in a tiny space? I did clean up the chaos after I took this photo! I needed elbow room! Once I had let the gesso dry, I added some cogs cut from foamcore and some from cardstock, covered with sticky backed foil.
Below are the photos of the hat in its gesso stage.
I added some of Tim's idea-ology line to the front.