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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 #4 on: August 07, 2013 12:46:36 PM »

    Brilliant!
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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 #7 on: August 07, 2013 05:58:09 PM »

    Brilliant!!!
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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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    « Reply #10 on: August 08, 2013 07:55:57 AM »

    What a fun idea! I can't believe you've been a lurker for so long. Your work is amazing; I'm so glad you've decided to start posting it all up!

    (Now soon you will have to jump in and join some swaps. Cheesy)
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    « Reply #11 on: August 08, 2013 08:45:39 AM »

    Amazing!!
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    « Reply #12 on: August 08, 2013 01:08:59 PM »

    This is super fantastic. I love phrenology stuff!
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    « Reply #13 on: August 08, 2013 03:39:25 PM »

    Thanks everyone for your positive words!
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    « Reply #14 on: August 08, 2013 07:08:08 PM »

    This is awesome!  Wonderful project!
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    « Reply #15 on: August 12, 2013 06:09:02 AM »

    This is very clever! Well done!  Wink
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    « Reply #16 on: August 13, 2013 04:08:10 AM »

    I hit 'this rocks' almost immediately! This is frikkin awesome!!
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    « Reply #17 on: August 13, 2013 09:57:27 AM »

    This is amazing.  I love this and you did a fabulous job.
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    « Reply #18 on: August 13, 2013 10:33:03 AM »

    Wow! What a fabulous piece. So Creative and well done.
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    « Reply #19 on: September 20, 2013 10:42:18 AM »

    This is super well done, and the explanation makes it even better. Not only do you know have an awesome helmet, I now know how to get a bit of an aged look on some stuff I've been working on. Everyone wins! (But mostly you because you get to wear this helmet.)
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    « Reply #20 on: October 08, 2013 02:37:53 PM »

    Maybe it's me but I read a macabre awesomeness in this. Since it's a helmet and supposed to protect your brain, then the helmet shows what "would be damaged" if certain parts of the helmet were crushed or at least which parts were saved.

    This definitely rocks.
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    Congratulations on this well deserved honor!
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    « Reply #23 on: February 03, 2014 09:09:37 AM »

    that is so cool, I need to decorate some of my helmets. 
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    This is really neat!
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    « Reply #25 on: January 15, 2015 02:31:12 PM »

    I stumbled upon your helmet while I was looking for other phrenologic references. This is so cool, I feel I have already failed at my own wee project! Love this.
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    « Reply #26 on: January 22, 2015 11:07:33 AM »

    That is just amazing!

    AND you solved a decoupage problem I was having; the paper was too white but already sealed.  I used black and brown acrylic paint instead of coffee in the glue, but you held the key!  Thanks!
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