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    Jun 29, 2006, 12:42 AM - What is the best way to make a helmet? #1

    I could use your help guys.

    I spent about 60 hours sculpting a shock trooper helmet. I bought a really expensive silicone and it worked great. I messed up because I didn't make any locks or keys. So It wouldn't fit into the fiberglass jacket. Never the less my first attempt failed miserably and my awesome sculpt was ruined. not by the moulding process but something else happened.

    My question is. What is the BEST way to make a helmet from start to finish? Is vacuum forming a good way? I want to make a really sturdy helmet and I don't care how many steps are involved. Any help would be much appreciated.

    Thanks guys
    Jeffro
  2. Jun 29, 2006, 12:53 AM - Re: What is the best way to make a helmet? #2

    well, I made mine from sintra. then I made a fiberglass mold and take casts of that. I tried vac-forming and am currently selling a vac-formed helm as well as a fiberglass one. Either way you have to make a mold somehow first, and i recomend either clay (difficult) or sintra (merely hard).
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    Jun 29, 2006, 3:28 PM - Re: What is the best way to make a helmet? #3

    Was the sculpt ruined by the molding process?
    How did the mold turn out?
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    Jun 29, 2006, 3:49 PM - Re: What is the best way to make a helmet? #4

    what are locks and keys?
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    Jun 29, 2006, 4:59 PM - Re: What is the best way to make a helmet? #5

    Quote skirata said:
    what are locks and keys?
    Locks and keys are shapes sculpted into the laytex and fiberglass portions of your mold to ensure that they line up well and flush. This is normaly done on the dividing line of the mold halves.
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    Jun 29, 2006, 5:01 PM - Re: What is the best way to make a helmet? #6

    Quote MUNKRAWK said:
    I could use your help guys.

    I spent about 60 hours sculpting a shock trooper helmet. I bought a really expensive silicone and it worked great. I messed up because I didn't make any locks or keys. So It wouldn't fit into the fiberglass jacket. Never the less my first attempt failed miserably and my awesome sculpt was ruined. not by the moulding process but something else happened.

    My question is. What is the BEST way to make a helmet from start to finish? Is vacuum forming a good way? I want to make a really sturdy helmet and I don't care how many steps are involved. Any help would be much appreciated.

    Thanks guys
    Jeffro
    Thats truly a bummer man! Similar thing happened to me a few years ago.

    What kind of clay do you use by the way? (For your busts?)
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    Jun 29, 2006, 6:18 PM - Re: What is the best way to make a helmet? #7

    THe sculpt was ruined by falling off a high table.

    I use super sculpey, I have alot of it so I dicided to go with that, works well
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    Jul 4, 2006, 8:00 PM - Re: What is the best way to make a helmet? #8

    what kind of silicon did yu use? where did you get it?
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    Jul 4, 2006, 8:02 PM - Re: What is the best way to make a helmet? #9

    what keeps the silicon from sticking to the clay? or wood?
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    Jul 4, 2006, 10:56 PM - Re: What is the best way to make a helmet? #10

    I can't remember the name,, but It was a high and silicone, and you spray the clay with a release agent.
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    Jul 4, 2006, 11:33 PM - Re: What is the best way to make a helmet? #11

    release agent? such as pam cooking spray? vasoline?
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    Jul 5, 2006, 1:31 PM - Re: What is the best way to make a helmet? #12

    I ordered it from the silicone company, It was called Mold Release 500 or something like that,
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    Jul 5, 2006, 6:37 PM - Re: What is the best way to make a helmet? #13

    ok cool enough.

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