I share a love of bike riding and of Captain America with my son. His bike helmet was stolen from his school storage bin a while back and the school Principal was kind enough to give him a new blue bike helmet. I was not thrilled to hear that his helmet had been stolen while he was in school, after all we wrote his name across the back of his old helmet. When I saw the new helmet I decided we needed to make it more easily identifiable, using some white duct tape we fashioned an A and a pair of wings for his helmet. He loved the new look to his helmet but I was not really happy with it. After seeing an art deco eagle hood ornament on a vintage car I had an idea to remedy that.
I drew a sketch of the art deco eagle I had seen and used it to make a template of the eagle wings. I transfered the outline of the wings to some 18 gauge sheet metal and rough cut the wings out with a metal shear. I finished shaping the sheet metal with a drum sander bit on a rotary tool. I drew the interior lines of the wings and stamped them in with a peice of wire hanger, cut to fit, and a big hammer. The peice of sheet metal that I had was painted so I sanded the old paint off and repainted the wings with a metallic aluminum enamle paint. I colored the stamped lines in with some black, just to make them stand out more. I used 3M double sided adhesive tape to attach the wings to my son's helmet, now we are both thrilled with the look of his custome bike helmet.