You might think a raccoon that has been smashed flat by a car is disgusting, but aspiring fashion designer James Faulkner thinks it would make a wonderful hat. Faulkner's makes hats from the feather and fur of animals that have been killed on roads. Most of his hats are made of foxes, magpies, rabbits, wood pigeons, pheasants, mallards, crows and peacocks. Faulkner says, "It sounds very sinister, but I find it very satisfying to make something beautiful from something gruesome. It started when my friend wanted to buy a hat for her wedding. Without thinking, I said I'd make one, then I instantly panicked, but one day I was walking along the road and I spotted a magpie in quite a sorry state. I knew that my friend's dress was black and white so I thought it could work. I picked it up using a plastic bag and later used the wing feathers to make the hat. It sounds awful, but I cut off the wings with an axe."
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