making pith helmet cat ears - advice?
July 13, 2012 12:09 PM Subscribe
Please help me:
a) procure 2-5 pith helmets (natural straw type), inexpensively;
b) procure material to make matching cat ears;
c) add cat ears to pith helmets, in "airplane ears" or "listening behind" position, because cat safari is serious business.
Found $15/helmet source for (a), but wonder if there's a less expensive way. For (b), I have no real clue - what should I even buy? Very thin chair caning supplies? Tiny willow branches from a nearby tree? Any ideas?
posted by amtho to Grab Bag (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My neighbor and friend has been active in feral cat trapping/neutering/releasing, and has accomplished a lot. She's been very devoted, going out many evenings after work to retrieve cats, bringing a lot of kittens into the local animal rescue organization, etc. She's moving away soon, and her mentor is throwing a little party.
The whole idea of going out to strange places to find and trap hidden wild cats is probably not as romantic as I'm making it out to be, and it's not like she gets to use a tranquilizer gun or march for days under the sweltering sun with native porters, but there's no reason not to add a bit of celebratory panache.
I'd love to make her a "cat safari" hat, along with one or two more to her mentor, who will feel her loss and will need to look hard to find more volunteers.
My efforts to find ways to make cat ears yielded mainly textiles. I want this to look like part of the hat (made of a straw-like material), to be a little understated so that it won't be too embarrassing to wear in public, and to be less cute than is the norm for kitty cat ears on the head.
Ear shape should, I think, be like "airplane ears" -- ears extended to the sides, not laid flat back. Maybe a little back, as though listening to something behind.