I've been asked many times how I made my helmet, so I decided to just put it out there so people who wanted to try the same method wouldn't have to fumble their way through, making unnecessary mistakes and having to drop a bunch of cash to fix everything.
If any other Celtys have alternate methods, feel free to post them! I'll gladly add them!
Flora88's Celty Helmet Tutorial
Okay. The first step is to acquire a helmet. Ebay is generally the cheapest option, though Pep Boys has some full-face helmets as well.
About buying a helmet
1. Make DAMN sure that it's sized correctly. If it's too big, it'll flop around on your head and swing when you turn. If it's too small...you won't be able to fit inside it. O_O
A lot of sellers will have size charts. To size, you measure the circumference of your head around where your temples are (aka- the biggest part of your noggin.)
2. Make sure to tell the seller to include the tinted or smoked visor. This is usually free.
Remember, Celty is HEADLESS, so if we can see your head beyond the visor...you've just thrown off the illusion.
If you get one that's untinted, it's not a woe-is-me sort of thing, but it will add to the overall cost by about thirteen dollars. Just pick up some auto window tint from Wal Mart, cut it into the shape you need, and glue it to the inside of the visor. Problem solved.
Another option is to use tail-light tint. It's spray-on, so you'll have to remove your visor from your helmet to do it. However, don't go this route if you're not the best with spray paint, or get someone to do it for you.
Then, go to your local arts/crafts store and pick up:
2 large packages of Sculpey**
Four bottles of Acrylic paint (yellow of your choice, medium gray, black, blue of your choice)
One can of spray-on acrylic sealer (gloss)
A sanding block
You'll also need some aluminum foil and some hot glue.
* How much paperclay you get depends on whether you want to cover the entire helmet in paperclay or just the ears and the "seam" between the ears and the helmet.
Whole helmet = 4 packages.
Just the ears = 1.5 packages.
** You can omit the sculpey if you want to make the ear forms out of aluminum foil instead. Aluminum foil would be lighter, sculpey is more substantial. It's your choice, really. You can actually make an aluminum foil core, then put sculpey on top of it and bake it, too.
Okay, now get whatever you're using the make the ear forms (sculpey, aluminum foil, both, etc.) and shape it into two wedge shapes slightly smaller than the ears would be on the helmet (because you're going to put paperclay over the ear forms, and it'll make them a bit bigger.) As you're doing this, position the ear forms as they would be on the helmet and contour the bottoms to the helmet. If you don't, your ears are going to stick out, and it'll look weird. Oh! And MARK where the ears should be on the helmet so you'll know when it comes time to glue them down.
If you're using sculpey, bake it and wait for it to cool, then look for your marks and hot glue the ear forms on.
If using just aluminum foil, go straight on to gluing the ear forms on.
Then, open your paperclay and spread the paperclay over the ears and the seam between the ears and the helmet, or over the entire thing, ears and all (not including the visor.) Try to get it as smooth as possible. It'll help with the sanding part.
Now, wait for it to dry. This could take a while, so be patient.
Once it's dry, get out your sanding block and sand the shit out of the ears (if just the ears) or the entire helmet (if you paperclayed over the entire thing) until it reaches the desired smoothness. Have patience! This is a lengthy process, and it'll probably make your hand hurt.
And if it dries and cracks
, it isn't the end of the world. Just re-wet it, re-mold that small section and let that part dry again.
Once it's smooth, get out your paint and put just a tiny, tiny
(like if you're making a cup of paint, put in a drop about a about a quarter of the size of the head of a nail) bit of gray in with each color, so it's not unearthly vibrant, and put the paint in two separate bowls. First, cover your visor with paper and paint the entire helmet with the yellow mixture and wait for it to dry.
Then paint on the blue designs. I'd suggest making a stencil for the "S" shape. I didn't, but only because I'm a lazy ass with a lot of experience painting and knew I could do it right.
If you want, you can use a thin-nibbed
black or dark blue marker to go over the edges of the blue so it looks sharp, but it's not necessary. If you do this, you HAVE to wait a while for it to dry before you spray on the acrylic sealer or the sharpie will run.
Then paint on the black insides of the ears and the black vents on the back.
It's good to have a reference on hand
for this portion especially.
If you mess up, just paint over it.
Then, once that's all dry, make DAMN SURE your visor is covered with paper and spray on the gloss acrylic sealer. If you don't, the acrylic sealer will adhere to the plastic of your visor and will make it cloudy, like un-see-out-able. And you won't be able to wipe it off. O_O
Wait for THAT to dry, pull the paper off your visor, then, voila! You've got your helmet!
More advice from hartknyx:
-"I found it was pretty easy to sand off a fair amount of clay, so I would advise being generous while molding, especially around corners and edges. A little bit of my tin foil poked through at a couple points, so I covered those bits up with new paperclay and resanded them. It worked just fine.
-Similarly, the first time around when you're smoothing out the paperclay before it dries, remember that lumps are wayyyy easier to sand off than divots.
-When sanding, dust goes EVERYWHERE - on your clothes, in the helmet, and all over my floor >.> Definitely do it with a mask and/or outside.
Between making two sets of ear forms (the shape wasn't right the first time) and molding and sanding the paperclay, it's probably taken me 7 or 8 hours so far, but it's well worth it."
Also, if you use this tutorial in the making of your helmet, please let me know, and do
please credit it. Thanks!