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Next, I assembled the cylinders into a stack like a pile of layers in a wedding cake. The flexibility of the structure was troublesome, but I didn't want to put any effort into crossbeams before I had to.
As luck would have it, I never had to.
Building a comfortable hat is a challenge in itself. Not wanting to craft them by hand, Stacy and I bought two straw sombreros.
I trimmed a strip from each hat's brim...
...and pulled the Devo wireframe over the top.
It looked great! Well, it looked horrible, but I could see that the four steps were well-spaced and that the hat was reinforcing the frame of wire rings.
As a side-benefit, thought-controlling satellite transmissions were 60% less effective while I was wearing the hat, and I was able to NOT think about American Idol for almost 5 hours.
It was time to add a skin to the frame, which required some deft scissoring.
I could have used an inverted bowl or a compass to draw and cut nice concentric circles for these red paper rings, but I've found that my style is pretty refined, a five-step process you'll want to try if you build something like this at home:
The sides were easier. I used long strips of paper, taping them to the wire as I went around the circumference.
All that was left was a batch of royal icing and a little bride and groom for the top!
And they were done! All that was missing was a pair of sunglasses, which were mysteriously missing from my glove compartment!
These Devo hats weren't going to end up in a museum, but they looked great and (almost) everyone knew who we were as soon as we arrived.
The goal of the Guitar Hero Party was to dual head-to-head on this addictive guitar-based Playstation game.
Guitar Hero is a little like Dance Dance Revolution, in that the players are trying to match what happens on the screen with their Ukulele-sized Guitar/Controllers.
We were rocking! It was really nice to see all the different bands come together for such a good cause.
I did not win the evening's competition. Ah well, If I need the thought-control satellite transmissions to win a music contest, maybe I'm better off taking sixth place.
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