I'd love to see someone pull this off. It's amazing!
Good point... I know I have been staring at this for a year now and I know I have thought of this but kept pushing it to the back of my mind but seeing it in black and white as you suggested maybe I better rethink the whole thing. But rethink it I will. I love this idea and cannot get it out of my head but maybe the whole tangle thing will LOL!I think the bigger challenge is keeping the lines from becoming a twisted mess as soon as you take two steps in this rig. Fishing line is notorious for seeking out members of its own kind and mating with them. You would need to make the strands of beads rigid, which would make any movement of your head a fight against gravity and inertia, so you would need to come up with a rigid string that's fine enough to look right, strong enough to hold the beads, and that you could attach to the hat using some sort of connector that will allow them to swing but not enough to interfere with neighboring strands. You could use a heavy wire, but then you have more weight and there's no clear wire that I know of.
Hate to say it, but I can see this making a great prop but not a costume.