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Hi everybody! I am Density and I am 14 years old. I am a big fan of instructables and Star Wars so this time I will show you how to make a R2-D2 bicycle and skateboard helmet. You can change the colour of the paint to make the helmet look like R2-M5 or R2-D5. I suggest you read through the instructable before you begin so you can see what to do and get a better understanding. I hope the instructions are simple and easy to understand. Enjoy and have fun.
 
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Step 1: Materials

These are the materials you will need to make the R2-D2 helmet:
- Bicycle or skateboard helmet
- Blue spray paint
- White spray paint
- Silver or light gray spray paint
- Masking tape
- Sandpaper or file
- Cloth
- Black permanent marker

Step 2: Designs

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These are some of the designs that i used to make the 360 degree head of R2-D2. I had to stitch some images together to form the head.

Step 3: Sanding the Helmet

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Before you begin, if you can, remove the inside of the helmet so the paint does not dissolve it. Using the sand paper or file, go over the helmet so you can remove its smooth and polished surface. This will allow the paint to stay on the helmet instead of it rubbing off. It would look something like image 3.

Step 4: Base

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Using the white spray paint, coat the helmet. This is the base paint cover. When it dries you can paint a second layer over the first.

Step 5: Silver

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Using the silver spray paint, paint over the base colour. When it dries you can add a second coat of silver.
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MakersBox2 years ago
Most awsome! Need a picture of you wearing it! Great job.
Density (author)  MakersBox2 years ago
Thank you for your support. I will see what i can do about the picture :)
Density (author)  Density1 year ago
I put up a picture of me wearing the the helmet.
looking cool
yeah, we should see a photo of you with the helmet on.
mdlmusic1 year ago
The helmet looks great. I have a silver skateboarder's helmet that I got from the thrift store for $4 that I wear when riding my bike. I got some acrylic paint from Wal-Mart and used your pattern to make my own R2D2 helmet. I was too lazy to do all the template making and masking, so I just drew the designs on with a black magic marker and filled in with the proper paints.

I get lots of comments, especially from the high school kids when I ride past the school. Most of them are of the "Hey, cool helmet, dude!" variety. A few are unprintable.
0100100012 years ago
thats awsome
Density (author)  0100100012 years ago
Thank you very much H1 ;)
esoolo2 years ago
The helmet does not seem very safe after all this sanding and contact with strong solvents. Better would be to use PVC-films instead of paint.
Density (author)  esoolo2 years ago
I tested the helmet and it is still strong. The sanding does not weaken the helmet because you take off less than 1mm from the top. This paint didn't dissolve or eat any of the helmet because it is not strong enough to pentrate the plastic. overall the helmet remains safe to use.
But you can also use PVC-films instead.
nice! you, sir, have achieved the rank of nerd, level over 9000. welcome to the club =P
Density (author)  he who crashes often2 years ago
AAHHH thanks alot... i wonder what my girlfriend will say about my new position =)
?!?!? gf?! you have just lost said position, you lucky poop.
Density (author)  he who crashes often2 years ago
hahah :)
Wonderful!
Fo55ilise2 years ago
Now I'm looking at my motorcycle crash helmet and thinking...
Custom! I think I might try it with some laser cutting to add to the texture
peskypesky2 years ago
nice work! It makes me glad to hear about a young Star Wars fan and its great to see a creative young mind at work...and sharing. Keep it up!
Density (author)  peskypesky2 years ago
Thank you very much. I will continue with my instructables and my ideas.
Kerblotto2 years ago
Great kid! Don't get cocky.
Good looking!!! well done!!! I always wanted to make one of those big white motorcycle helmets look like Jack from Jack-in-the-Box
Density (author)  RoosterSocks2 years ago
Thank you for the support and that's a really good idea. Why don't you try it?
:)
jongscx2 years ago
Great work on the helmet.

How is the paint holding up? They make spray paint that is specially formulated to bond to plastics, or at the very least, a plastic primer. Also, did you put a clear-coat on top of everything to protect it?

I would've also suggested you mask off the holes to keep the spray from going inside and eating at the foam.
Density (author)  jongscx2 years ago
Thank you for checking it out and for commenting. The paint is still holding up. I sandpapered the helmet so you can use different types of paint. I did this so it could come out cheaper beause the plastic spray paint from where I live costs much more than the other ones.
I also removed the foam inside before i started.

Thanks for the feedback. It is greatly appreciated.
Sweet helmet, love the movie accuracy!
Density (author)  Retro Correct2 years ago
Thank you very much! I love to create things on instructables.