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Author Topic: Painting a pith helmet  (Read 605 times)
Cora Courcelle
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« on: February 14, 2017, 10:53:24 pm »

... well, trying to work up the courage to paint a pith helmet!

I have a white pith helmet and would dearly like it to be black.  Has anyone ever tried painting one and if so, what would you recommend using or, perhaps equally importantly, what should I avoid using?  I'd be grateful for any advice (including "are you mad, woman?" if it's a really bad idea).
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Miranda.T
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« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2017, 12:32:39 am »

I presume this is a reproduction pith helmet - what material is made from?

Yours,
Miranda.
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Prof. Cecily
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« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2017, 01:46:45 am »

... well, trying to work up the courage to paint a pith helmet!

I have a white pith helmet and would dearly like it to be black.  Has anyone ever tried painting one and if so, what would you recommend using or, perhaps equally importantly, what should I avoid using?  I'd be grateful for any advice (including "are you mad, woman?" if it's a really bad idea).

Good eveinng,ladies and gentlemen.
I've painted a pith helmet (a real real one)[- never looked back.
Cheapo acrylic paint and clear varnish.
Copper trimming and curled ostrich feathers.
Badges and veil.

Simple, but most effective.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=591537951032339&set=t.100005095277286&type=3&theater
I remain yours,
Prof Cecily
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Miranda.T
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« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2017, 06:43:31 pm »

... well, trying to work up the courage to paint a pith helmet!

I have a white pith helmet and would dearly like it to be black.  Has anyone ever tried painting one and if so, what would you recommend using or, perhaps equally importantly, what should I avoid using?  I'd be grateful for any advice (including "are you mad, woman?" if it's a really bad idea).

Good eveinng,ladies and gentlemen.
I've painted a pith helmet (a real real one)[- never looked back.
Cheapo acrylic paint and clear varnish.
Copper trimming and curled ostrich feathers.
Badges and veil.

Simple, but most effective.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=591537951032339&set=t.100005095277286&type=3&theater
I remain yours,
Prof Cecily


That sounds wonderful - unfortunately Facebook is refusing to show the image to me  Sad Is anyone else having this problem or is it just me?

Yours,
Miranda.
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Rockula
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Nothing beats a good hat.


« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2017, 08:36:02 pm »


That sounds wonderful - unfortunately Facebook is refusing to show the image to me  Sad Is anyone else having this problem or is it just me?

Yours,
Miranda.

I can't see it either. Probably privacy settings.
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Prof. Cecily
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« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2017, 11:13:32 am »

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.
My settings are public, as far as I know.
Off to check!

I remain yours,
Prof. Cecily

PS I've posted the photo up at the FB page of Brass Goggles. I've no luck in posting up photos here.  Sad
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SeVeNeVeS
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« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2017, 01:10:05 pm »

Farcebook not working for me either.

The only photo on BG Facebarf I can find is.......


is that the one Prof. Cecily?
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Cora Courcelle
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« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2017, 06:31:20 pm »


It's definitely reproduction and appears to be some sort of cotton-type fabric over ? who-knows-what.
I shall arm myself with some black acrylic Prof. Cecily and have a go.
Thank you for your advice,
Cora.
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Cora Courcelle
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« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2017, 02:19:53 pm »

Just thought I'd post an update -  I am now the proud owner of a black pith helmet, with the top 'button' and the air hole washers in brass.  It took three coats of acrylic to get a nice even finish but looks good - sorry no photos (I really must do something about getting a flickr/imgur account!)
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frances
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« Reply #9 on: March 17, 2017, 12:01:38 am »

I have a red one - but I bought it.  It just beckoned to me and I had to have it.  I am now planning how to steampunk it - probably with vegetation and creatures.
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Miranda.T
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« Reply #10 on: March 17, 2017, 06:26:11 pm »

Just thought I'd post an update -  I am now the proud owner of a black pith helmet, with the top 'button' and the air hole washers in brass.  It took three coats of acrylic to get a nice even finish but looks good - sorry no photos (I really must do something about getting a flickr/imgur account!)

I have a red one - but I bought it.  It just beckoned to me and I had to have it.  I am now planning how to steampunk it - probably with vegetation and creatures.

Both of those sound very swish! Pictures would definitely be appreciated when possible.

Yours,
Miranda.
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