Hello everyone.  I had so much fun with the October challenge, I just couldn’t wait to get started on my next project.  Although I can appreciate all styles, I am a lover of steampunk and grunge.  I keep a crafty “bucket list” of items I would like to make so I don’t forget about them.  I have had mini top hat on my list for quite a while.  I couldn’t resist making one with all these wonderful gears.


For the top hat, I used Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante paper.  I love brown and black together with pops of metallic and patina.  I used a pleated trim to go around the base of the hat and thin black ribbon to go around the top to give it a finished look.  I created a band using Tim Holtz Grunge paper and used Frayed Burlap, Vintage Photo, and Black Soot to ink it up to give the look of letter.  Instead of eyelets, I couldn’t resist using the Steampunk Mini Gears 3/4″ instead.  I painted them black and then used TH distressed embossing powder in Vintage Photo.  I added DecoArt Copper and Gilder’s Paste in Patina.  I finished off with some twine to tie the bands together.


For the side of the hat I had a blast.  There are feathers galore, copper wire spirals touched with a hint of patina, a fabric flower, and gems.  The real stars of the show are the chippies. I started off with a flourish that I painted in black and treated it the same way as I had done for the gear eyelets.  Then I layer over the top of it with gears and propellers  ( Steampunk Mini Gears 3/4″ , propellers, gear set 2 large, gear set 2 medium)painted black then embossed using beautiful Lindy’s Stamp Gang two toned embossing powders.


Products Used:


Mini Gears 3/4" (set of 12)




Gear Set 2 Large


Gear Set 2 Medium


Flourish 17