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08 Aug 2010 - 12:2138257
resin helmet
I'm halfway through making a helmet with a cardboard base. I've coated the whole thing in decorating filler and I'm sanding it down in an attempt to smooth out the curves. I've noticed that the stress I've put it under so far has caused a number of hairline cracks in the filler. I'd just like to know if it's ok for me to go on ahead to the resin and fibreglass stage or if I need to open up my filler tub again and sort out those cracks first?


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08 Aug 2010 - 22:1038319
It might be an idea to fill in the cracks first. I find that fibre glass can still crack even though its quite study. Having a solid base wil help make it stronger.

Good luck with it hun


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09 Aug 2010 - 00:2738326
thanks Em! i dont know why i didnt just text/ring you! You know everything!


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09 Aug 2010 - 01:2738327
on the same note, i need to make a smooth helmet(delta from bioshock) and i was gona do a card and wire base, then duct tape it to give it like a all over finish, then paper mache it

but i need suggestions, wud it be better to like you, filler it then fibreglass ect?


09 Aug 2010 - 20:0438391
I think it just depends on the materials you're comfy with. I already had my mind set on fibreglassing it but I've still not done that yet because I'm waiting for my respirator. I personally wouldn't opt for wire and duct tape. I've never really worked with duct tape but I get the impression that it won't take to paint or paper mache too well...? Also I spent a beautiful £27 on some wire form, just in case cardboard stressed me out too much and I found it ridiculously hard to use and gave up after 15 minutes... it was too fiddley to cut let alone shape! But these opinions are based on my current project, they just aren't right for the shapes and qualities I'm after. Good luck, making a helmet (and sewing lycra) is the toughest thing I've made so far, I'd make a shamisen and 10 three-piece suits any day!


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09 Aug 2010 - 20:1638392
Georgi, your welcome hun XX

Ryaoki, You might be better off getting some wonderflex or plastazote as the method you mentioned can be a nightmare. It would be diffiult to get it as smooth as you want. I'm personally not a fan of fibreglass and some cons don't like it. It is of course up to the individual cosplayer which is the best method for them.

I much prefer to work with craft foam, wonderflex and cintra. Others prefer fibreglass.


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