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07 Mar 2008 - 12:141890
Making a helmet out of papier mache?
Anyone have any experience or tips on making stuff out of papier mache?

I haven't used it since the early 90s when I was in Junior School...damn I feel old.


07 Mar 2008 - 19:441898
I've made a Gundam helmet out of cardboard and tape, then covered neatly in cereal box card.

Only use papier mache to strengthen the frame, don't make a helmet 100% out of it or it will be soft =(


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07 Mar 2008 - 21:191899
Heh, well I'm not using it for a reeeeaaaallll helmet, it's just the shape I want for a cosplay is not very common and also expensive.

EDIT: Heh, went to your profile to see if you had it there (and you do) and burst out laughing at the Setsuna "GUNDAM! GUNDAAM! GUUUUNDDAAAAM!" thing, randomly been laughing over it recently...



Last edited by Z-Man (07 Mar 2008 - 21:23)
07 Mar 2008 - 23:471912
Paper Machie (sp) could work.

You can buy shapeable wire from craft stores as a base, and then use the paper machie over the top. You may need a LOT of layers though.

But yeah, I have seen a lot of cosplayers use this method for odd helmets.

Good luck!

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08 Mar 2008 - 00:171915
Iv pretty much made all of my helmets using paper pulp. I use chicken wire as the basic fram and shape it over my head so it fits perfectly then I usually line it with felt then cover the outside with masking tape then apply several layers of paper pulp until Iv achieved the shape I want.
I then smooth it using car filler to get rid of any bumps and then apply a few layers of varnish.

hope this helped a little


p.s. you can get paper pulp at any art store ie hobby craft


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08 Mar 2008 - 10:531917
Quote Z-Man:
Heh, well I'm not using it for a reeeeaaaallll helmet, it's just the shape I want for a cosplay is not very common and also expensive.

EDIT: Heh, went to your profile to see if you had it there (and you do) and burst out laughing at the Setsuna "GUNDAM! GUNDAAM! GUUUUNDDAAAAM!" thing, randomly been laughing over it recently...


Rofl good to hear my Gundam00 antics are making people laugh xD;

That helmet there, I scrapped it and remade it out of cardboard D:


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08 Mar 2008 - 11:421919
I would also suggest using corrogated cardboard, just to give the cardboard itself a good bit of strength. I got a pile of corrogated carboard from a DIY/Discount Store down the road from me who stock papercellar.com stuff and you can get a box of it for £5 but it's really good quality stuff for making prototypes out of.


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08 Mar 2008 - 12:121921
Thanks guys, I got some ideas now. May start it tomo if I can get my hands on some materials.

Heh, I'm getting fairly excited about this cosplay...I've managed to learn of 2 people who have done it via the Interwebs, and I hope to make it slightly better then what they did...


08 Mar 2008 - 16:521925
Corrugated cardboard can be obtained free at supermarkets.


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08 Mar 2008 - 16:561926
I keep a stock of cardboard for all my quick fixes anyway.

My housemates are slightly wary of the amount of stuff in our house that works because of a bit of cardboard stuck somewhere...


09 Mar 2008 - 07:561943
Quote Odd-One-Out:
Corrugated cardboard can be obtained free at supermarkets.


Yep, that's true, but that stuff is a good 1cm thick, the paper cellar stuff is thinner (a4 page size) so can also be good for smaller bits, and where you would need thinner corrogated card. again, choice is anyone's depending on what you need to do with it.


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15 Mar 2008 - 03:162029
I was talking about this exact thing with my friend today! She said she blew up a balloon the same size as her head, then covered it in papier mache and when it was dry popped the balloon and cut it into the shape she wanted. Then to smooth it over she used plaster of paris or a light clay over the papier mache (I think that's what she meant, she couldn't remember the word in English). She's had more than 10 years of cosplay experience so I assume she knows what she's talking about...


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15 Mar 2008 - 11:072031
Quote Orihime:
I was talking about this exact thing with my friend today! She said she blew up a balloon the same size as her head, then covered it in papier mache and when it was dry popped the balloon and cut it into the shape she wanted. Then to smooth it over she used plaster of paris or a light clay over the papier mache (I think that's what she meant, she couldn't remember the word in English). She's had more than 10 years of cosplay experience so I assume she knows what she's talking about...


Yep that would work, but she would probably need padding inside the papier mache to secure it on her head.


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