Introduction: Aquabats Anti-Negativity Helmet

You may have heard of THE AQUABATS! Yes? Well now its your turn to help make the world as Un-Negative as possible by making your own Anti-Negativity Helmet! The MC Bat Commander just loves it when all the kids out there create their own costumes to wear to their shows. Plus you can wear it around anywhere and be SUPER RAD!

From Wikipedia:
"Aquacadets are encouraged to attend these events and the band's concerts in costume. These costumes often include official rashguards, helmets, belts, and masks that are available as part of the band's merchandise catalogue, but also often consist of homemade items. Some members have even formed splinter factions such as the "Astrobats," "Piratebats," and "Ninjabats" and outfitted themselves with homemade t-shirts and other apparel to show their support for the band."

Also, I ask that you read the entire Instructable before you get too exited and just print out the templates and go.

Enough blabbering, let's get going!

Step 1: Materials Needed

-Neoprene Fabric (I used an old wetsuit that was donated by a friend)
-Scissors
-Sewing Machine (If you don't own one you can do it by hand, but it takes a long time)
-Printer and paper (For the templates)
-Tape
-Sharpie

Step 2: Download and Print the Templates

The templates are just direct scans from a standard letter sized piece of printer paper. So, when you print make sure the image is the correct size.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The smallest template(back) was about a half inch too short when I sewed my helmet.

MAKE IT AN INCH LONGER WHEN YOU CUT OUT THE TEMPLATES!

Step 3: Cut Out the Templates

Cut em' out.

IMPORTANT NOTE: MAKE THE SMALLEST TEMPLATE AN INCH LONGER WHEN YOU CUT IT OUT!

Tape the two long ones together.

And label the side one.

Step 4: Trace the Templates

Line up where you need to trace and make sure you have plenty of space, and aren't going to overlap. Also remember to make two of the side pieces, and to flip the template if you want the same color helmet all over.

Step 5: Cut Out Neoprene

Neoprene is a bit tricky to cut, you need to have a pretty sharp pair of scissors. I suggest starting with the long skinny piece first just to get a hang of it before you have to do a bunch of curves on the two side pieces.

Step 6: Prepare to Sew

Go bust out the sewing machine!

Set it to a Zig-Zag stitch, and make sure it is at the widest possible setting. Also make sure that the stitches are set to be very close together.

Go find some scraps of neoprene and do a test.

Note: When you sew these together the fabric does not overlap or anything. I'm just placing them next to each other and letting the machine sew the two together with the wide stitch.



NON SEWING MACHINE:
If you don't have access to a sewing machine I suggest you follow this and use that stitch method.

Step 7: Sewing

You want to start sewing at the front of the helmet first. Also, make sure that the colors you want are on the right sides. This helmet is reversible, but make sure you get the colors on the right side.



Step 8: Complete

Congratulations, you are now SUPER RAD!

Step 9: Add-ons/Final Notes

A few more things to add.

If you read everything and added on that extra inch to the template, you will now probably want to trim off the extra flap hanging out the back of the helmet.

If the helmet is too big/small for your head you can add a chin strap that attaches to the sideburns which will help make it fit better/keep it on your head.

The first helmet I made was rather ill conceived, but the strap keeps it on my head even though it is way to large.

I do plan to make at least one more Instructable on the mask + its template.

Hope to see some more quality homemade costumes at the next concert. Thanks for reading.

Comments

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LegoBrickMaster7 made it! (author)2010-08-28

I finally got around to making the Mask Instructable. This might interest some people looking at this one.

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anita.w.morris made it! (author)2014-10-28

Thanks for a great set of instructions. Had to make five of these, and although it was tough to alter your pattern for a tiny 3 yr old head, it gave me a great starting off point! Thanks so much for taking your time to share! You are super rad!!

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MCKatCommander made it! (author)2014-07-25

Thank you so much for this! I need to make this and the goggles before my trip to California next summer!

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Heckthecat made it! (author)2013-03-09

I know this project has been ip for some time, the last comment is in 2009, but O really wanted to share this. This instructable and the one for the mask made my little AquaCadet very, very happy for her fifth birthday! She wanted an AquaBats theme. I didn't have neoprene, we made it out of craft foam and yarn, but she loves them so much! Thank you for the instructable!

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LegoBrickMaster7 made it! (author)LegoBrickMaster72013-03-10

Awesome! It's great to see The Aquabats influencing another generation of kids in such a great way!

Thanks for sharing your story!

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crapsoup made it! (author)2013-01-11

Pinch and roll bro!!!

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pazpikasso made it! (author)2012-10-28

you look like ricky fitness!

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Danashleigh made it! (author)2011-01-16

Woohoo! Super excited that the mask instructions are now up! Going to see The Aquabats! this Saturday and I'm making anti-negativity helmets for everyone in my group!!

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LegoBrickMaster7 made it! (author)LegoBrickMaster72011-01-16

Awesome! I'll be going out to the show in LA on the 11 of February. Maybe I'll see some homemade helmets there, too!

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vistal made it! (author)2009-09-07

Now you need to build the belt and get a tight shirt!!

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batvans46 made it! (author)batvans462010-10-29

if the op doesnt get to making a tut for the belt and shirt ill post it. im making at least the shirt tomorrow and ill take pics and such, and if i can get some nylon ill do the belt too.

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LegoBrickMaster7 made it! (author)LegoBrickMaster72010-10-29

Heh, thanks for all the feedback. Go for it!

I'm done with my Aquabats Instructables, and probably won't be making any more. 

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scubaluke made it! (author)2009-10-28

im glad to see how many aquacadets we have here at instructables

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batvans46 made it! (author)batvans462010-10-29

theres aquacadets everywhere... even my mom is becoming an aquacadet. im thinking about starting a faction for her (if there isnt already one) called the aquaMoms lol

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im_tux made it! (author)im_tux2009-10-31

does a ska man good

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Yerboogieman made it! (author)2009-10-04

"The fury of attack, feel the wrath of the Super Rad Super Rad Super Rad."

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fatty95 made it! (author)fatty952010-03-06
ALL SYSTEMS GO, SOON THE WORLD WILL KNOW!
 
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Yerboogieman made it! (author)Yerboogieman2010-03-06

The fury of attack, with this secret codename, applesauce, applesauce, applesauce. Super Rad!!

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batvans46 made it! (author)batvans462010-10-29

c2# c g# c# c g# c# c g# c c bb g# f g#

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skimmo made it! (author)2009-09-08

whats a aquabat?

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KeannaRoar made it! (author)KeannaRoar2009-11-05

Average Ordinary Superhuman Punishers of Evil Rock and Roll Band.

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coco911231 made it! (author)2009-11-01

GO AQUABATS AND CADETS!

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Kaiven made it! (author)2009-09-07

"Aquabats, we're the Aquabats!" LOL Pandora played the Aquabats theme song while I was listening to Punk Rock... Their pretty rad :P

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Yerboogieman made it! (author)Yerboogieman2009-10-04

Super Rad.

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bad ass pope made it! (author)bad ass pope2009-10-30

Well said!

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Yerboogieman made it! (author)Yerboogieman2009-10-30

Makes me want to go on some Waterslides!!

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toogers made it! (author)2009-10-29

you are my hero.

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aolivier made it! (author)2009-10-28

This is awesome!  I love the Aquabats!

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yogaza made it! (author)2009-10-24

Do you have the mask instructions?

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LegoBrickMaster7 made it! (author)LegoBrickMaster72009-10-24

I've been quite busy lately, but I plan on making another Instructable for the mask.

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arghc made it! (author)2009-09-18

I wanted the pattern/template for the domino mask!

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LegoBrickMaster7 made it! (author)LegoBrickMaster72009-09-18

I'll do that sometime next week. Its pretty ridiculously easy.

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katieberryman made it! (author)2009-09-14

awesome dude, and you totally look like rocky from rocky and bullwinkle

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Yerboogieman made it! (author)2009-09-10

The aguabats are one of my favorite bands. Sweet.

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~M_Lady~ made it! (author)2009-09-10

Awesome!! With halloween coming up I just have to find some neoprene and I'm good to go!

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woofboy111 made it! (author)2009-09-09

I didn't think the Aquabats were still around.

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TheCheese9921 made it! (author)2009-09-08

This is so sweet dude, good post

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ninja slacker made it! (author)2009-09-07

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOUR A SUPER RAD KID!!!!!!!!!!

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SinAmos made it! (author)2009-09-07

Epic fail. It didn't work, so I think you have to go back to the drawing board. Muahhahaa. Hahha. Jk.

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valhallas_end made it! (author)2009-09-07

Haha I love the band, and great job on the hat.

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Zildjian5454 made it! (author)2009-09-06

I love how accurately messy your floor is in just about every shot.

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LegoBrickMaster7 made it! (author)LegoBrickMaster72009-09-06

I am one big accurate mess.

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marc92 made it! (author)2009-09-06

You absolutely made my day!

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Baghead made it! (author)2009-09-06

Huzzahs All around! Great Job dude I've been waiting for you to do this for a while. This matches up with my new neoprene showing up perfectly.

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