More Burning Man Inspired Military Hats

I’ve been working on making more Burning Man inspired repurposed military hats.

This Sunday, I cranked out a few:

My Smoke and Mirrors hat – made from 5 different kinds of black ribbon (glitter, sequin, velvet, grosgrain, and satin), black sequin fabric, wide black pyramid ribbon, and sequin appliques. Finished with silver Mardi Gras beads from Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

burning man hatMy Raspberry “beret” hat – made from 5 different kinds of fuchsia ribbon (see above), gold holographic fabric, wide gold pyramid ribbon, and sequin appliques. Finished with gold Mardi Gras beads from Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

burning man hatAnd my Rainbow Power hat which is remarkably my most popular hat on Etsy. A rainbow of ribbons is glued along the band of the hat, silver holographic fabric is added to the crown, and a bunch of sequin and rhinestone bling is added. Finished with purple Mardi Gras beads from Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

burning man hatI just need to put on the finishing touches before I upload them to Etsy – rhinestones and spikes.

Making all these hats is a lot of fun.

The only problem I have is that I’m not a good photographer.

I need to figure out how to take pictures so that the hats are at their festive best.

Somehow posting pics of them against my pink sheets isn’t really cutting it.

Last year I made and sold three hats. This year I’m working on having an inventory of 6.

Woo hoo!

So all you still life photographers out there, please share with me your tips for taking great pictures.

I need help!

3 thoughts on “More Burning Man Inspired Military Hats

  1. Use a chair, and drape it with a black or white sheet or table cloth, or a soft furry blanket can work. Set it next to a window for available light. Now take the photo at three different angles, straight on, from the top and from the side. You may want to prop the hat up with something inside, you can hide with the table cloth.
    You can also use the window sill if it’s a wide one, and the sun is not coming directly in, although that can be pretty also, but try to keep the background plain.

  2. These look great! The thing i tend to use to ‘prop’ up the inside of an object are large cans and jars. Dolls and stuffed animals also work well. Remember, they will be hidden, so go for it.

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