Base Wire For Crown

Measure and cut a length of brace wire one-half inch longer than for the

headsize wire. Lap the ends one inch and join with tie wire. The base

wire of any separate crown must be large enough to fit over the headsize

wire on the brim. Place this circle, after having shaped it like the

headsize wire, on the inside of the spokes at the point marked,

beginning at the center back, and finish as any edge wire by twisting

the ends of the spokes once and a half around the wire. Press the wires

down tight with the pliers. Cut the ends off close and press flat with

the jaws of the pliers. Many more circles may be added and tied on with

tie wire if desired; also more spokes may be added. This would be

desirable if the frame is to be covered with braid, or if used for

blocking fabric for frames.