Hi All, A customer has given me a real Mink hat that she would like "re-shaped". I have unpicked it and the brim is rather stiff and brittle (from glue I think as its very sticky) not to mention old. The main crown however seems to be ok.
She would like it re-blocked to make a Cossack hat. I'm not sure if I should steam it or soak it before blocking? Any advice would be very much appreciated
Would love to know how this worked out for you.
Well, it took a great deal of patience given how old and brittle it was, but a little steaming and stretching each day and I finally got there!! Took well over 3 weeks as I could only pull a little at a time but client was happy. Not one of my most profitable pieces lol!!
Do you have a before and after pic Jayne? We learn so much through renos but never ahead dollar wise. Maybe the happy customer will want a new hat next time - repeat custom is what we work towards.