Introduction: Celty Cosplay Helmet Modification

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Back in 2012 before I knew as much as I know now and before I knew Worbla existed-- I modified a helmet for a Celty Sturluson of Durarara!! Cosplay.

What you'll need:

1. Helmet to use as a base OR make your own!

2. Painters Tape

3. Lightweight cardboard or tagboard

4. Gesso

5. Sand paper

6. Paper Clay or air-drying clay

7. Woodglue

8. Yellow and Blue spraypaint

9. Crystal Clear Enamel spraypaint

Step 1: Step 1: Prep

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1. Order/buy/obtain/thrift a helmet for the base

2. Take off the visor and tape off parts you don't want to muck up

3. Make sure the helmet is clean and dry before beginning

Step 2: Step 2: Form the Ears

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Using tag-board and painters tape, form the ears and tape them to the helmet.

To get them the same size, make a pattern out of regular paper first.

Step 3: Step 3: Prep Your Helmet

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1. If your helmet is shiny-- sand all of it off.

2. use Gesso to to prime the helmet and give us a nice base to work the paper clay on

3. wait for it to dry, and then prime again.

4. sand the helmet once dry-- and dust it off.

Step 4: Step 4: Sculpt Up the Ears

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1. use paper clay or an air-drying clay to build up the ears.

2. Make sure to sculpt from the ears onto the helmet for added strength.

3. Get everything as smooth as possible and allow to fully dry

4. You can also use the paper clay to hide any imperfections in the helmet base that don't match the cosplay.

Step 5: Step 5: Prep for Paint

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1. Once dry, sand everything smooth

2. If you're having difficulties getting everything smooth at this stage, you can try using Wood Filler

3. once sanded smooth and dusted-- apply a coat of woodglue to the entire helmet. This will help for added smoothness and added strength

4. optional to add another layer of woodglue after that coat has dried!

Step 6: Step 6: Base Coat

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1. spray paint your helmet yellow in light even passes

2. Wait to dry

3. sand with a less abrasive sandpaper in delicate circles

4. Dust off

5. Evenly coat with another layer of yellow

6. Wait to dry

if it looks nice-- move onto step 7! if not, Continue spraying, drying, sanding until you're satisfied.

Step 7: Step 7: Blue Details

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1. use your painters tape again and mark off the places that you want to protect from the blue

2. Spray on your blue in nice even passes with the spray paint

3. I personally didn't need to apply another coat-- but if yours looks lame then follow the same process you learned from step 6 and make it look GOOD! :D

Step 8: Step 8: Draw on Designs

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I hand painted on this front design but if you want to-- you could tape off this design or create a stencil. I personally just found it easier to match the blue color from the back and hand-paint this on!

I also sprayed the sides of the visor and then hand-painted the "V" design.

Step 9: FINAL STEP: Seal the Deal

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Use coats of crystal clear enamel to protect your paintjob!

Slap that visor back on and YOU'RE DONE! :)


ShaniC2 made it! (author)2016-09-18

This is my helmet I made based of your tut for my Qcon cosplay this year ^-^ along with another tut.

Alucard-Scheiffer (author)2016-08-22

If i Send the Base Helmet would you do the ears and paint job? I'll pay the Labor of course.

IrishSnow35 (author)2016-06-16

I would love to make one of these. I don't watch the anime but two things i love are sci-fi, robots and wolves...and the possibilities are endless...I would love to be able to embed some EL wire in this and make my own cyber-wolf helmet...

tiki227 (author)2016-06-09

I'm so excited to attempt this for a future anime con. I just found the perfect helmet at the thrift store, so I'm going to start working on it as my summer project. Thanks for your instruct able!

KikiCraft (author)tiki2272016-06-10


I believe in you :D

Hyrulianking (author)2016-03-02

Hello! Your helmet is wonderful! Quick question- was the face shield already black when you got the helmet or did you have modify it? (:

ArmandoS19 (author)2016-02-04

Awesome! Do you sell these :3?

KikiCraft (author)ArmandoS192016-02-04

Thank yoU! and no I don't :( They take too long to make and the base helmet can be pretty expensive if you can't find a used/thrifted one!

VictorS88 (author)2016-01-26

Awesome! Gonna use these lessons as a base for my Captain Falcon helmet. Thank you for sharing!

HalieghN (author)2016-01-25

This looks so great! Was there a certain sand paper grit you would recommend? I've never had to use it for much of anything before and wouldn't want to choose something too rough and ruin my helmet.

Arev yev Lucine9 (author)2015-09-02

Can you use it while riding on a motorcycle or will it fall apart?

I wouldn't recommend it but as long as you use an actual helmet for the base it will still protect yout he same as a motorcycle helmet would! (because it is one haha)

the holes in the back of the cat-ears allow air to escape through the ears so they wont snap off! However-- if something flies at you-- it will defiantly chip away at them!

AnimeAwesomenessT (author)2015-10-17

Can I use cardboard instead of tag board? Or are they the same thing? I'm a total noob when it comes to art, but I need to make this helmet in time for Halloween!

for sure! tag board, card board-- basically something a bit heavier than card stock! It's just to get the structure there so the clay/paper clay can grip onto it. heck-- you could even use a wire mesh type of stuff! experiment :)

Cardman18 (author)2015-10-26

very awesome. is this road worthy or is it purely for cosplay?

KikiCraft (author)Cardman182015-10-27

Thank you :)

for sure just for cosplay!

GavinS4 (author)2015-06-16

How did you make the paper patterns for the ear?

KikiCraft (author)GavinS42015-06-16

I honestly just eyeballed it by looking at some references from the Anime!

shaz8246 (author)2015-06-15

could you use fibreglass for the ears?, and actully make them vented so air can pass through?

AnimeOtaku (author)2015-05-23

Does the size of the helmet matter and do you leave the inside padding alone?

KikiCraft (author)AnimeOtaku2015-05-24

I left the padding alone and the size is whatever youre comfortable with :)

mcmonte (author)2015-02-08

This made the top 15 newsletter, nice job!

One piece of advice: keep this one mint. Don't use it! You have the skills to make another one, just find a cheap (or free) helmet and get cracking.

In years to come you'll be glad you kept your first project safe and undamaged.

KikiCraft (author)mcmonte2015-05-13

Thanks :) this was actually not my first project and it was a comission for a gal that found me on facebook :) im sure if i made another one it would be way better than this!

so'connor5 (author)2015-05-12

In step 7, but not the steps earlier, the ears have a vent at the back. how did you make the vents?

KikiCraft (author)so'connor52015-05-13

After the clay paper ears dry, it was easy to use a knife and carve out the vents. I rolled a thin tube of some more paper clay and added it around the opening. Honestly i should have originally had the vent opening from the beginning but it was an after thought!

generalbipbip (author)2015-04-20

god I am in love with this! I'd like to try it one day, if I can get my hands to a good helmet

PatrickBishop (author)2015-02-18

This is so adorable! I love Durarara!!

Erbenator (author)2015-02-03

Durarara!!! The headless horseman!! Or women.. :D loved that show

HowardC4 (author)Erbenator2015-02-08

Don't you mean love, as in present tense? x2 (Sequel/3rd season) is airing on Crunchyroll as we speak.

ChikaneNoMiko (author)2015-02-08

As a fellow lover of this anime AND cosplayer, SWEET cosplay'ible! It looks like the ears were there the whole time! I'm gonna have to try this ;)

tophattaylor_uk (author)2015-02-04

Sorry to say it but looks dangerous. In a crash helmets try to be as smooth as possible so they don't catch on anything while you slide down the road.

It's for cosplay, not actual use on a motorcycle...

KikiCraft (author)SolshineCrazy2015-02-05

Thank-you SolshineCrazy :)

yes! it's totally just for cosplay!!

Then my bad, impressive work though, just had to google cosPlay, now I understand :)

PowellMade (author)2015-02-05

Looks cool to me!! Love how you modified it. :)

mr.incredible (author)2015-02-04

Do the same thing with fiberglass and bondo. Cut out the inside and you have an air cooled helmet. I use to live in Florida. This would be useful year round as well as looking great. Very nice first i'ble.

KikiCraft (author)mr.incredible2015-02-04

Thank you! I picked up everything I need for Bondo and I can't wait to give it a try on a future project :)

Bard (author)2015-02-04

Looks great

have you thought about adding a clear coat ?

then again it might eat the ears

LanaM (author)2015-02-03

well done

amberrayh (author)2015-02-03

This looks phenomenal! You would think the ears were always part of the helmet. Great Instructable, it's hard to believe that it's your first one! Thanks for sharing!

KikiCraft (author)amberrayh2015-02-03

oh my gosh, thank you :D I am loving this website and I plan to make more! Maybe once a week if I can :) Thank you for the complement, that means a lot!!

BMXsquad88 (author)KikiCraft2015-02-03

I don't even know what this is from but just seeing how awesome it turned out makes me want to make one! The ears look soooo much like they were part of the helmet! Can't wait to see what else you come up with!

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