Biggest Head in NZ

Last week I got a phone call from Chang Hung, who is a producer on The Edge’s afternoon show, with Guy Williams, Sharyn Casey, and Clint Roberts.
At first, I thought I’d won something, but then I remembered that in order to win things, you actually have to enter competitions, and given that I haven’t listened to The Edge for about 10 years, it was unlikely that I’d entered anything!
Turns out they had heard I make costumes, and wanted me to make a novelty hat for the winner of their competition to find ‘the biggest head in NZ’.

They wanted a fairly standard baseball cap, with some extras…..

· The cap cut to fit a 65cm head – with really obvious extensions – make it look rough

· Logo on the front that says BIGGEST HEAD IN NZ

· Beer/cup holder on one side and a working phone charger on the other

· Working fan on the peak of the cap

· Loads of lights

So of course I took the job. Weird requests are my lifeblood. I love making things that are a challenge, particularly if they’re strange.

After scouring the dollar stores at Lynmall, I had collected the required materials and got to work.

I had to do some serious minor-electronics to get the fan to work, as the only one I’d been able to find was a mini-desk fan, rather than a handheld one, so I had to stash the battery pack in the brim of the cap, and put the switch in the top.
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In order to keep it looking ‘thrown together’ (one of their main requests was to keep it looking a bit rough, to fit with the joking nature of the competition) I made the initial cap quite small. 65cm is a big head, but most baseball caps would likely fit without the extensions they wanted, so by starting with a smaller cap, the side panels would have more of an effect.

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The lights were easy – a small string of battery-operated seed lights stitched around the peak, and woven through the webbing-extensions on the sides, with the battery pack in the brim, and the switch inside the top. There’s also one of those chargeable battery-packs in a pocket on the side, for the phone charger to plug into, and the cupholder was tacked on the other side to balance the weight.

When I called Chang to ask where to deliver the hat, he asked if I could come into the studio to present it to the winner, and have a bit of a chat on air! Of course I said yes, because that’s some pretty sweet free promotion for my business, but it was still a bit terrifying. Thankfully the whole crew were awesome, and really put me at ease! Normally I swear like a sailor, so I tried not to say much in case I got them into trouble with the BSA, because then they’d never hire me again. Haha
You can listen to me on their podcast (Our segment starts at 20:55)

Hopefully this is the start of a good thing with The Edge, as they all seemed pretty keen to have me back on board for promos in the near future!

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