Okay, so far I have shown just a few basic tips on how to carve the foam but I promise you they make a HUGE difference. Styrofoam is not too easy to deal with and it's easy to make mistakes and break off piece or carve too deeply by mistake.
My next project required a little finesse. I had seen a small hat block form the 40s which sold on eBay for over $80. I really like the shape but couldn't afford the price so I took my idea to my teacher Jill and here's how she walked me through the process.
Step 1: I took the bottom piece of my cone shape that I cut into three pieces and measure to where I wanted to stop carving the base. I also drew a shape on the top of the block in the shape I wanted it to be.
|The lines help you remember where to carve and where to stop.|
Step 3: Next I began to carve from the circle on top of the crown down to the line where I just cut the groove.
|Slicing the foam off in one stroke down.|
Step 4: When I was satisfied with the basic shape, I took a callus pedicure tool and added a more delicate shape while I smoothed the top of the crown.
The Final Product ~ turned out even nicer than the block I saw on eBay which had a heart shaped top. Too cutesy for me.
|Front of Block|
|Side of Block|
One Final Note - if you're looking to buy blocks I recommend checking out the Guy Morse Brown multi-purpose blocks. I bought this basic set and love them so much. You get a lot of basic shapes by mixing the brims, crowns and extenders. Here's one of the hats I made with them.
|Guy Morse Brown Customer Creations|
Let me know if you know any other cool ways to make hat blocks yourself!