November 13, 2007

Tools I’ve been using in making the block

Filed under: Making a cork block,millinery techniques and cheats — Cristina de Prada @ 5:54 pm

Tools for cork hat block making

Originally uploaded by … the millinery blog.

These are the tools I’ve been using. There are notes on this picture (comments on each tool), so please click on it to be directed to flickr and you will be able to see those notes when you run your mouse over the image…


  1. Another career in the making?
    I saw a web page about making a hat block using sheets of styrofoam and glue with an overlay of fabric. I’ll bet it would be perfect for the more delicate blocking needs of straw, plus a great way to do a dry run before committing to cork or wood. No way styrofoam would work with felt.
    Whew, I am so impressed with your undertaking.

    Comment by jill — November 13, 2007 @ 7:05 pm

  2. Well… I will not give up my day job just yet!… mmmhhh… wait! I have no job! Anyway, this is difficult stuff, I really admire the people that do this everyday on wood.

    I would love to see that web page you’re talking about, so if you can find it again let us know.

    There was an article on The HAT Magazine ( of Jan/Feb/March 2006(Issue 28) about how to make a block out of polystyrene foam. This is a technique used in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The article is really detailed with lots of pictures. Once the foam shape is finished they put a buckram layer and then papier mache. They turn out really nice and no use of power tools is needed.

    I’ve been saying it for a long time, The HAT Magazine subscription is a must and worth every penny/cent. Honestly.

    Ah, and I also tried my hand at making foam blocks, but that was before I read the article, so I didn’t put anything on them to make them harder, and I threw them away a couple of years ago during a cleaning spree…duh!

    Comment by cristinadeprada — November 13, 2007 @ 7:58 pm

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