April 17, 2013

A Good Day's Work

We've got just one month left to get ready for Thin Ice Theater's production of The Phantom Tollbooth.  Costumes have been designed, sewing is in progress, with many moms lending their hands and sewing skills to the process.

Today was set aside for creating miners' hats for the workers in the numbers mine of Digitopolis.  My costume assistant Cheryl and I made our game plan, and in two hours, voilà, all done!  The idea grew bit by bit between us:  plastic hardhats plus cat food cans plus Mardi Gras beads.  Here's how our afternoon went.

The cat food can.

Measuring and marking for two holes 2" apart.

Hammer and nail to poke the holes.

The hard hat.

Reinforced with duct tape, for holes, 2" apart.

 Holes poked by pushing nails through.

 Glue gun, adding Mardi Gras beads.

 Can attached to hat with fasteners (and some glue).

Inside, fasteners covered with duct tape so hair doesn't snag.

One dozen miners' hats, ready to roll.

Costuming is not always about needles and thread!

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