Jun 10, 2008 at 8:40 pm #1229481
Addie BedfordBPL Member
Companion forum thread to:Jun 11, 2008 at 7:09 am #1437772
@spicedoubtLocale: Catskill Mountains
I wish I had sewing skills. Like the hat.Jun 28, 2008 at 7:30 pm #1440619
OK … you've got me interested! I think I'm going to make this thing for my wife and me. It's a great looking and functional hat.
I have one question right off the bat, but I'm sure there will be more to follow. What do you use for the "wire" to stiffen the brim? What material and what guage did you use?
I have a Tilley and a Pacific Dorfman wool "cowboy" style hat. I have inpected them and they do not have a wire. They are also packable, which is a very important characteristic! I crush these hats into my backpack or luggage and they pop out in amazingly good shape. with a minute of tugging on them, they look as if they have never been folded.
I would seem to me that a metal wire wouldn't be this resilient; that it would permanently bend out of shape. Also, with many manual bendings to reshape the brim, it would seem that the metal would break from fatigue failure.
I'm looking for some guidance here, help!Jun 29, 2008 at 2:44 am #1440644
John S.BPL Member
All three of my Tilley's have a wire in the brim end.Jun 29, 2008 at 12:06 pm #1440697
John, thanks for pointing that out. I re-checked mine and yes there is a "wire." I'm pretty sure that it is plastic!
I tried bending it but it doesn't hold the bend. I think metal would hold the shape so that leads me to the conclusion that it is plastic.
Does anyone know where a "plastic wire" can be aquired?Jun 29, 2008 at 1:38 pm #1440707
John S.BPL Member
Michael, email Tilley. They may just send you some of what they use?Jun 29, 2008 at 3:26 pm #1440716
Eric NobleBPL Member
@ericnobleLocale: Colorado Rockies
Michael, the monofilament line for a weed wacker may work.Jun 29, 2008 at 3:29 pm #1440719
Eric, that's a great idea. I believe they make a super heavy duty weed-whacker line for thick grass. I'll bet that would do the trick!
Off to Home Depot for camping supplies,.. huh?Jun 29, 2008 at 3:35 pm #1440722
@rcaffinLocale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
> the monofilament line for a weed wacker may work.
It does, most excellently. I have used it a lot.
cheersJun 29, 2008 at 3:56 pm #1440725
Thanks for the confirmation, Roger!Jun 30, 2008 at 9:06 am #1440811
I used a 16 gauge plastic covered copper wire from Home Depot. The plastic lines will work great. The reason that I used the wire was to help shape the rim into a more cowboy style hat. If you just want a flat brim, then the plastic should do just fine.
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