1. radiomonkey's Avatar
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    Nov 2009
    Nov 5, 2009, 4:04 AM - so Im starting to make a helmet. #1

    I started to make my firts helmet yesterday.
    I haven ever made anything like this so I wish for hints and tips.
    Its going to be very low budget and Im trying to use just those materials I can find from home and or recycling materials. Ofcourse I will need to buy some materials from a market, but I try to keep my bodget lower than 20€/or dollars.

    materials I have used til now;
    cardboard from old boxes
    air-condition-tape and glue

    Questions I would like to ask are;
    1. What is the best way to get a good-looking antenna?
    2. How easily does spackling paste cracks?

    thank you
    ps. I will post pictures later when Ill get my helmet on its shape.
    Last edited by radiomonkey; Nov 5, 2009 at 4:26 AM.
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  3. Member Since
    Sep 2009
    Nov 5, 2009, 2:52 PM - Re: so Im starting to make a helmet. #2

    You can make a pretty good antenna from cardboard, if you have a look at Antman's tutorials. But the cardboard's probably not the same as what you're using. Boxes typically use either corrogated card board or dense but thin board like cereal boxes.

    Having said that, non-corrogated card board's not expensive. I got mine for $5.50 NZ, which is about $3-4 US I think? And it was roughly A1 size, roughly equal to a good sized movie poster. My entire helmet is made from that one sheet. And there's plenty to spare, I did the ears twice and there's still a tiny bit left.

    Don't know about spackling though.
  4. Jason strk's Avatar
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    Nov 5, 2009, 5:42 PM - Re: so Im starting to make a helmet. #3

    Spackling cracks really easy vod, your going to wantto use bondo auto body filler or bondo glass, resin and fiberglass matte is also really good
  5. dung0beetle's Avatar
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    Oct 2006
    Nov 6, 2009, 12:35 AM - Re: so Im starting to make a helmet. #4

    I used spackling on my first two buckets. The first one got eaten by the dog, but the second got dropped and has a big crack. The paint is the only thing holding the spackle together, but it's an easy fix. The chipboard I used is from a big desktop calendar.

    Fiberglassing isn't very expensive for the small amount of armor on a Fett, so I would recommend that you go with fiberglassing it. Your budget is way too low in my opinion to make a full good looking costume, although, I made my buckets with stuff that I already had, so it was essentially free.
  6. radiomonkey's Avatar
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    Nov 2009
    Nov 6, 2009, 10:36 AM - Re: so Im starting to make a helmet. #5

    Thanks for the tips.
    What I ment about my budget was that I would like to try keep it on ~20 just for the helmet. Im not talking about the whole costume at the moment. That will be my project in near future I hope.

    I think I will give Fiberglassing a change, Im testing spackling paste now for my prototype fett helmet and it starts to look good, but yeah, it really seems like it will crack too easily.

    After I have tested few different methods on my prototype fett helmet I will get some good-quality cardboard, thats for sure.
    For now I have used 17 to buy hotgluepistol, spackling paste, sandpaper and ofcourse... glue. so Im still in my dream budget.

    This forum is a great help!

    Give me material tips?

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