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Rollable Panama Fedora

Hello everyone, I was wondering if anyone has any advice about making a rollable Panama Fedora? I know there’s a particular shape of Planter (with a ridge down the middle of the crown) that is the…Continue

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Started Jul 24

Stiffener for Toyo straw
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Hi everyone, I haven’t asked anything on here for a while but I was wondering if anyone has advice on stiffening Toyo straw? I have tried a general millinery stiffener which is PVA based but the…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cassie Farr Mar 22, 2021.

 

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Rollable Panama Fedora

Hello everyone, I was wondering if anyone has any advice about making a rollable Panama Fedora? I know there’s a particular shape of Planter (with a ridge down the middle of the crown) that is the best for rolling and a Fedora is not ideal but I have seen it done and would like to try. So mainly stiffener recommendations, how much/how little to use so it holds its shape but is flexible enough to roll and be kept in a tube (just for travel, not long term storage)Thank you :-)See More
Jul 24
Cassie Farr replied to Marisa Groom's discussion Stiffener for Toyo straw
"No worries. There are a few options if you just google dewaxed bleached shellac powder. Woodworkers groups, ebay. I purchased mine through this group along with other supplies  https://www.goldleaf.com.au/shellac/bleached-shellac-250-grams.html"
Mar 22, 2021
Cassie Farr replied to Marisa Groom's discussion Stiffener for Toyo straw
"You could try dewaxed bleached shellac, it’s white in colour. Comes in power form and mixed with alcohol or metho. May have to experiment to get the right ratio. I use it in a spray applicator for more even coverage."
Mar 21, 2021
Marisa Groom replied to Marisa Groom's discussion Stiffener for Toyo straw
"Thanks Elaine, much appreciated. I am using white so this may not work but will have a think. Thank you again, Marisa "
Mar 19, 2021
Elaine Mergard replied to Marisa Groom's discussion Stiffener for Toyo straw
"A recommended stiffener currently is the shellac based powder stiffener to which you add alcohol = dries quickly . and it gives nice sheen. Downside is not suitable for light colours as has a yellowish tinge. Check out suppliers for such Louise…"
Mar 19, 2021
Marisa Groom posted a discussion

Stiffener for Toyo straw

Hi everyone, I haven’t asked anything on here for a while but I was wondering if anyone has advice on stiffening Toyo straw? I have tried a general millinery stiffener which is PVA based but the straw, which I believe is derived from rice, ends up feeling like cardboard which is not desirable. I have tried using less of it but still not a nice effect. I’m hoping for something that stiffens the straw but leaves it with some flex or movement whilst holding the shape. Thank you :) See More
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Elaine Mergard said…

Wonderful you found our website Marisa. So pleased you have joined me in Hat Academy and hope you find it inspiring. I am committed to helping you add to your skills.

I set this up to help Beginners but hope you pick up extra tips -once you learn the basic techniques you will be surprised how creative you can be. Millinery is a creative art & in huge demand currently. Any questions do message me here.

To make the most of Hat Academy remember to read through the Welcome Page - Read here

Enjoy, Elaine

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