| My first project for the Robin’s Nest design team was a wedding themed altered art project. Their Wedding Collection was the designer paper to be used for the project. The papers had a black or parchment base, with gold or silver swirl details. There were also three vellum papers and one sheet of tags. Finally, there was a package of rub on images. I decided that the project would be a mini top hat centerpiece.|
I couldn’t wait to try making paper roses from the glitter vellum and on the reverse of the sheet of tags was a beautiful sheet of love words in hand script, which I also used for paper flowers. I decided to use the silver swirled papers for the bride’s and groom’s mini top hats, using the parchment base for the bride and the black base for the groom’s.
But the first step was to create the SVG cut file for the top hat. I took the basic measurements of a candle that was about the right size for a mini top hat. That give me the a starting circumference, about 11.8 inches, for the top of the hat. I wanted the side of the hat to tapper inward toward the brim of the hat, so I reduced this circumference slightly, to about 11 inches, for this measurement.
Next, I needed to draw the side of the hat in IllustratorR. This is just a rectangle, with the height of the hat (short sides of the rectangle) to be 4 inches. The long edges of the rectangle will shape the hat top (11.8 in) and brim opening (11 in).
Going way back to my school days, I determined the diameter of the circles for the top of the hat and the inside opening of the brim. Finally, I added 1 inch to the brim’s inside diameter and doubled this amount to get the diameter for the outside circle for the brim.
Using the Eclipse tool, we will draw the three circles using the three diameters for the top and brim. The diameter for the top piece of the hat will become the height and width values for the Eclipse tool. Repeat to draw the inner and outer circles for the hat brim. Center the smaller circle inside the larger to create the brim.
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