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« on: August 07, 2013 11:26:33 AM »

To me, Craftster is a great way to express myself with my hands! 

When I got married one of our wedding gifts was a book on Phrenology, a pseudo-science popular in the 1800's which suggested there was a relationship between a person's character and the morphology of the skull.  Later I came across http://bellehelmets where illustrator Danielle Baskin transforms the dull bicycle helmet into a unique fashion accessory.   I really like her designs but because I don't have a bicycle (just a minibike) and not very much disposable income, I attempted to make a Phrenology Helmet for myself using illustrations from Wikipedia.

After spray painting my helmet, I placed 1/4" black stripes to resemble personality sections.  Wording for each location was penciled in and then filled in with a black Sharpie.

Phrenology images were enlarged/reduced to fit the sections, printed, roughly cut and taped into place.  Once satisfied with the layout, I removed the illustrations and recopied them using a toner based copier (so the ink wouldn't run when wet).

In order to give the helmet a dark aged look, a few tablespoons of STRONG coffee was mixed with Elmers glue, painted over the helmet and allowed to dry   The xerox'd illustrations were trimmed and attached using the same coffee/glue mixture.   After allowing each layer to dry overnight, additional layers of coffee/glue mixture was applied.   As the final step, the helmet was covered with several coats of waterproof sealer.

Even though my minibike helmet is not handpainted, I love the way it came out.  Also, it will be nice to know which part of my brain has been damaged after I get into my first accident! Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2013 11:55:08 AM »

WOWWWWW.... I absolutely love the way this looks.  So cool!

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    « Reply #2 on: August 07, 2013 12:08:41 PM »

    This is absolutely a very creative project!!!  It embodies the Craftster spirit of "no Cozies without irony"... ha ha

    I love that you explained your thinking process and techniques...and I nearly died when I saw the ear....fantastic entry!

    It is really unusual and well executed!!
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    « Reply #3 on: August 07, 2013 12:09:07 PM »

    LOVE IT!!!!
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    « Reply #5 on: August 07, 2013 04:00:28 PM »

    That's a really cool idea!  The coffee aging looks really nice.
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    « Reply #6 on: August 07, 2013 04:35:35 PM »

    What a great idea, and well executed to boot.  Grin  Phrenology has a special place in my heart.  . . such a well meaning, seemingly plausible idea that was just so wrong.
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    « Reply #8 on: August 07, 2013 07:42:35 PM »

    This is truly incredible and so very smart. Good luck in the challenge. Smiley
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    « Reply #9 on: August 08, 2013 06:15:50 AM »

    this is stunning! You are very very talented! And I love the uniqueness of the project.
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