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Below is a picture of the mold on the rotisserie. I just applied the Mold Release and one layer of glass. Tomorrow I will apply another coat of epoxy fiberglass.

Applying Mold Relase Agent

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I applied the second coat of epoxy fiberglass today. Next step after resin cures is to apply filler and sand.

Second layer of fiberglass

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Must be a trick of perspective, but that hat almost looks big enough to pull a person out of (okay, maybe a small child...) How much do you estimate it will weigh?
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The hat is 20 inches high and the elongated part of the top of it is 20 inches. I haven't weighed it yet but it is not very heavy right now, even with the foam and plywood core.

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I know you are probably real close to being finished but I ran across this for anyone else who might be interested.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Burtons-Mad-Hatter-Hat/
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Looking good Dan! Danielle is very lucky to have a father that can....and that is willing to build all these nice props for her!

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I enjoy building them. I am lucky to have a daughter that uses the things I build for her and a wife that creates routines for them.

Here are a few more photos:

Hat Filler 1


Hat Filler 2


My daughter, Danielle, just had an article in the March edition of The Linking Ring magazine. It turned out really great. Please ready if you have time. Here is a thread with a link to the article.

Surprising Young Lady

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Dan, that was a nice article! Congratulations to Danielle! (And to you and your wife too). I had not put it together until I started reading the article when I received my Linking Ring magazine this past Friday, but I remember when Danielle first started performing magic. You or your wife had inquired about some sort of routine (may have been a patriotic theme) for your daughter. We emailed (or PMed) back and forth about it. She was going to perform for her ring I believe. It was several years ago, and I think Danielle was just a little thing at the time. Wow.....I can't believe how far she has come. I'm thankful to know she really stuck it out! It's good to finally realize who you all are. I knew you, but I did not really know your association with one another.

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Regan,

Thanks. People like you and others on this forum have really helped us through the years with suggestions and support. Magic is one of the things the three of us really have in common. It helps bring us together.


The next 2 months are going to be busy at work. Lots of O.T. on the weekends. I am going to have to use evenings after work to make progress on this Mad Hatter's hat. This and three other illusions need to be made for her new show. I hope I can get it done.

Dan
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On 2010-03-15 12:35, Zazz wrote:
Regan,

Magic is one of the things the three of us really have in common. It helps bring us together.

Dan


Dan, I know what you mean. My wife and I have only one daughter, and we perform together (magic & music). I feel really blessed to be able to do it as a family.
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Hi Dan,

Very nice work on the hat. You do wonderful work for sure. I just wish I could get do that way to the club meetings more but the way the gas is, not so much.

The fiberglass resin does not attack the foam core? Maybe you can hip me to building a prop I have been putting off for way too long.

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Dr. Solar,

The research I did told me that epoxy resin would attack the foam and polyester resin would not. I weighed the pros and cons of each and wanted the superior strength and lack of bad smell of the epoxy.

After I shaped the foam, I painted it with a thick coat of Elmer’s glue, followed by a lightweight spackle to get the shape I wanted and then a coat of latex primer and mold release. This put a barrier between the foam and the resin. It worked fine.

I did a test by putting epoxy directly on foam and it did eat it a little.

Today I removed the foam and I am happy with the results. I will post some pictures later.

Dan
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Looking good Dan, I cant wait to see the completed project
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This is my first weekend off of work in three weeks. I can finally get back to my project.

Today I fiberglassed the top and bottom inside of the hat and added a reinforcement band around the center. This should be the last of the glass work.

Dan
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Zazz,
You are one very dedicated (and talented) dad!
Very impressive!
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Hat is almost ready to cover with fabric.
Laid out table and will buy materials this weekend.
Bought most of the electronics today.

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Anxious to see more photos of your project! Smile
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Yes very anxious to see how things are going. I can't wait till my little girl is old enough to perform (hopefully she'll want to) so that I can get my hand dirty in projects like this.
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Thanks for the interest.
Having fun building the workings of the table.
Very time consuming creating small parts out of aluminum.
Bought a sheet of aluminum for the hat brim today.

Dan
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