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May 7, 2014 AT 5:00 pm

How to Make a Helmet for Your Costume

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Big Barda’s helmet has a samurai look about it, and it makes an impression. When Kimi of Golden Lasso (interviewed here) fashioned the helmet for her Big Barda costume, she modernized it slightly. She started with a base of a $2.50 children’s Dodgers helmet, and she cut off the bill and figured out the final design of the helmet with craft foam. Then she turned to Worbla. Her techniques can apply to any costuming helmet project. Here’s how she started with the Worbla:

Once I finalized the pattern for the back of the helmet with the cheap craft foam, I traced it onto Worbla and made the final version. I used industrial glue to cement the new Worbla piece to the Dodger helmet.After the glue dried, I used my heat gun to bend the Worbla into exactly the shape I wanted. This included adding a slight curl to the bottom of the helmet, and making sure it was symmetrical. Finally, I used Bondo to smooth the seam and make the Worbla and Dodger helmet look like one item. My little detail sander is a godsend for working with Bondo on small or detailed items like this. GET ONE!

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Read more and see more pics at Golden Lasso.


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