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Author Topic: Diver Helmet and suit  (Read 1086 times)
bicyclebuilder
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« on: August 13, 2019, 05:50:03 pm »

For the upcoming Elfia festival, I am making a diver helmet and suit.
It's not hystorically accurate, but more an interpetation of a diving suit.

The material I have used, is low dencity EVA foam (yoga mats).



The boots are old safety boots with added EVA foam for extra "weight".



I have used safety gloves as a base for diving gountlets.



The helmet is now painted black with a base paint. If all is dryed, I'm going to paint it all gold. After that, I'm going to highlight with black to accent all the details.



Right now, it looks menacing in all black.


The special features are:
- Light inside the helmet on the inside of the front glass. Illuminating my face.
- For breathing, my backpack consists of a little greenhouse with plants. As everyone know, plants give us oxigen to breathe. Wink
- On my chest, there is a portable soap bubble machine, creating the illusion of breathing under water.
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« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2019, 12:07:39 am »

omg, that entire creation is genius, especially  1) the foam "beachball"-as-diving-helmet. Lightweight, can be worn [more or less] comfortably a long time, and
2) the simulated air bubbles.

Don't know how some of you folks come up with these ideas, but I hope you (bicyclebuilder) win something for your creation.  It may not be historically accurate, but it sure is hysterically accurate Grin
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« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2019, 12:59:52 am »

Don't know how some of you folks come up with these ideas, but I hope you (bicyclebuilder) win something for your creation.  It may not be historically accurate, but it sure is hysterically accurate Grin

We're a bunch of weirdos, aren't we?  Grin
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Banfili
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« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2019, 04:03:16 pm »

Always wanted a divers helmet! Looking good, bicyclebuilder - Ill be interested in seeing this build when finished - & the WIP, as well, of course!
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« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2019, 07:15:14 pm »

this is brilliant! have fun on elfia!
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« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2019, 09:00:37 pm »

Thank you for all your replies.
It has been a while I've posted here on the Brass Goggles Forum.
I'm glad to see this forum is still up and running and occupied!

For now, no pictures but a small update.
I've painted the helmet, shoes and gloves gold, but the paint has an orange hue.
More brass/copper then gold.
This is a good thing, because now I can give it a copper patina.
Shiny Yellow/orange looks great with turquoise.
Tomorrow, I'm going to add the patina, after I take the WIP pictures of the golden helmet.
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« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2019, 04:14:24 pm »


Helmet painted all gold



First layer of turquoise acryl paint with a dry brush, rub and buff technique.



Second layer of turquoise, highly diluted with water untill it becomes runny.


Downside of using acryl paint is that it needs a bit more time to dry, especially the watered down part.
Right now it is drying. After this, a couple of coats of clear varnish to seal the paint.
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« Reply #7 on: August 16, 2019, 01:25:00 am »

OMG My Good Builder, that IS AWESOME!

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« Reply #8 on: August 16, 2019, 02:06:50 pm »

I look every day here, without login and this project has me Very Impressed.

Extremely good work Sir!

Please do show the final results.
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« Reply #9 on: August 18, 2019, 02:38:05 pm »


Helmet up and running
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« Reply #10 on: August 18, 2019, 10:15:42 pm »

That looks such fun.
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« Reply #11 on: August 18, 2019, 10:58:31 pm »

OMG BB = you are a one-person mobile special effects show!

yhs
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« Reply #12 on: August 19, 2019, 01:55:48 am »

That looks terrific, BB - well done!
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« Reply #13 on: August 19, 2019, 06:24:47 am »

Oh, I just love those bubbles....they look even better than I had imagined.
Whole suit is impressive, but the helmet and bubbles are the show-stoppers. Very well done, indeed!
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« Reply #14 on: August 19, 2019, 03:23:58 pm »

It looks incredible, very nice build and result.
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« Reply #15 on: August 19, 2019, 11:22:40 pm »

You are going to be a big hit at Elfia, BB!
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« Reply #16 on: August 21, 2019, 05:30:14 am »

Great work! I sadly wont be at elfia this year, id have loved to see it in real life
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« Reply #17 on: August 21, 2019, 05:27:40 pm »

A truly inspired creation, and the paint work is just fabulous. Thank you so much for sharing the build!

Yours,
Miranda.
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« Reply #18 on: August 22, 2019, 12:28:47 am »

Great work! I sadly wont be at elfia this year, id have loved to see it in real life

Ah, we know where you will be - on your own big adventure! Grin
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« Reply #19 on: August 22, 2019, 08:44:18 am »

So, how did you effect the rivets?
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bicyclebuilder
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« Reply #20 on: August 22, 2019, 02:01:08 pm »

So, how did you effect the rivets?

The rivets are stick-on flatback acrylic beads. They come on a plastic sheet.
I've got them at a cheap local hobby store.
I didn't use the stick-on tape it came with, because it wasn't sticky enough, but I used contact glue.

About the paint job on these rivits:
First I applied a black spraypaint undercoat, then a gold spraypaint topcoat.
On this, I used arcylic paint to dry brush on a thin coat that I wiped of gently to get the tops of the rivets back to gold.

For the little rusted streams of water, I used the same acrylic paint with pouring medium. This pouring medium thins down the paint, without waterig down it's pigment. This makes the paint flow from the surface of the helmet.


On another subject: The gloves are doomed. I used a fabric paint to make some parts of the fabric black. For this I should have ironed the glove. Because I already added the foam, I couldn't iron then. So I used a heat blower to seal the fabric paint. This made the fabric of the gloves brittle and torn.
Also, I used a yoga mat with one shiny silver side. On all parts of the suit, I used the non-shiny side except on the gloves.  For some reason, the black undercoat paint didn't stick to the shiny side of the foam, so it is starting to flake.
Fortunatly, I have a second set of gloves I can use. This set is a longer set of welding gloves. They fit nicely over the sleeves of the boilersuit coverall, so no alteration needed.
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« Reply #21 on: August 22, 2019, 02:17:58 pm »

Excellent! They look like the real thing!

We're a bunch of weirdos, aren't we?  Grin

Yep, but we're imaginative weirdos, which is the very best-est kind of weirdo to be.  Wink   
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« Reply #22 on: August 22, 2019, 11:22:44 pm »

Excellent! They look like the real thing!

We're a bunch of weirdos, aren't we?  Grin

Yep, but we're imaginative weirdos, which is the very best-est kind of weirdo to be.  Wink   

Absolutely!
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« Reply #23 on: August 23, 2019, 12:49:41 am »

Excellent! They look like the real thing!

We're a bunch of weirdos, aren't we?  Grin

Yep, but we're imaginative weirdos, which is the very best-est kind of weirdo to be.  Wink   

Absolutely!

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« Reply #24 on: August 25, 2019, 06:08:48 pm »

To me historically accurate doesn't matter as much as the first impression and it looks like you are going "20,000 leagues under the sea" reality! Love it.
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