Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Surprise Top Hat from MAKE Magazine

MAKE project guide: Surprise Top Hat

For those of you who may not have seen it, here's the online version of the article I wrote for MAKE Magazine a few years ago. The article shows you the steps I used to construct my surprise top hat. When a hidden brake lever is squeezed, a monster pops out of the top of the hat.

When I wrote the article, I used a rubber finger puppet. I have recently replaced this with a wooden monster of my design. The new monster has articulated arms which really adds to the sense that the creature is alive and actively pushing the top of the hat open. I gave him a surly look -- as if he is angered by his noisy neighbors. That would be you. Here is what the updated hat looks like:

Surprise Top Hat

Here is where you can see how I made the surprise top hat project, complete with materials list, step-by-step instructions, and photographs of the construction. Enjoy!

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Anonymous les said...

Very nice. Would be great to see some footage of the hat with the new monster.

November 23, 2011 at 6:31 PM  
Blogger Dug North said...

Thanks Les!

OK...for 2012 some videos will start to appear! Don't let me forget!



November 23, 2011 at 7:03 PM  
Anonymous affordable dentist said...

Waiting for the videos to reveal!
Do it soon!

December 14, 2011 at 2:40 AM  

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