Introduction: LED Spacehelmet

I am in no way a Engineer or crafty, I am a geologist with a fascination in space. I made this space-helmet and a copy for my husband as a EDC costume.

Materials Needed:

  • 14 in. Clear Acrylic Globe - with 5.25 in. Neckless Opening
  • NASA Seal USA Space Cosmos Logo Vinyl sticker

  • HitLights 12V Rechargeable Battery Pack - 3800 mAh, Includes Charger - DC Jack Connection for LED Light Strips

  • HitLights Weatherproof RGB Color Changing SMD5050 LED Light Strip - 150 LEDs, 16.4 Ft Roll, Cut to Length - Color Changing

  • HitLights Sound Activated Multicolor Music Controller

  • Dremel *540 *407

  • Cardboard Circle 9cm Diameter

  • Sharpie

  • Sand paper

  • Smooth foam half-ball 12" White

  • Foam Wreath 12" White

  • Glue gun

  • Super glue

  • Velcro

  • Zip Ties

  • White Spray Paint

Step 1: Cut the Base of the Globe for Your Helmet

Using a round piece of cardboard with a 9" diameter, insert it into the whole at the base of the helmet. Set it as best as possible to the bottom of the helmet. Using a sharpie outline the cardboard on the globe and remove the cardboard. This will become the hole for your head to fit in. Use a Dremel 540* piece to do the cutting and make sure to wear protective googles. Keep the cut off piece from the globe, this will be used later. Use the Dremel *407 piece and sandpaper to smooth out the hole.

Step 2: Attach Helmet Base

Use the White Foam Wreath 12" and match it up as best as possible to the head hole. Using a glue gun glue the inside lining and outside lining to secure the foam wreath onto the helmet. Allow to dry.

Step 3: Outline and Cut the Face-mask Portion of the Helmet

To outline the space-helmet face mask I made it as symmetrical as possible using a ruler and tape. You can create this outline however you like using a sharpie. Using the Dremel 540 piece cut the outline, be cautious and do not apply to much pressure to the globe when cutting. Smooth the outline by using sandpaper and the Dremel 407 piece. Discard the cut out plastic.

Step 4: Additional Support

Using the dremel 540 piece adjust the white foam half ball to fit as a gaurd in the front portion of the helmet. This will support the thin plastic portion of the mask.Glue this piece in using super glue or a glue gun.

Step 5: Spray Paint the Helmet

Using a white spray paint to cover the globe. Do two coats. Wait to dry.

Step 6: Decorate the Exterior of Your Helmet

You can use glitter, different colors , ect.

For my space helmet I used silver glitter over the wet spray paint and let it dry. I left a portion in the back of the helmet without glitter so I could apply a Nasa and American flag sticker to it.

Step 7: Installing the Sound Sensitive Lights, Charger, and Sound Box.

Use the initial cut plastic from the base of your helmet, this will serve as the backing of your sound-box and adaptar. Using super glue, stick the velcro onto the plastic piece, this is where the adaptar will go. The velvro males it easier to remove the adaptar for charging. Make sure the velcro sticks well onto the plastic and the adaptar. Next create holes in the plastic, this will be used to ziptie the soundbox onto the plastic.

Use super glue to stick the plastic piece onto the interior back portion of the helmet and allow to dry. Lastly, remove the Hitlights backing to reveal the sticky side. Stick the hitlights into the interior of the helmet, wrapping it around the helmet several time. make sure it sticks well and there are no kinks. Plug in the lights into the sound box and plug into the adaptar.

Step 8: All Done!

Ta-Da! Now play around with your remote settings to find what you like :)

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Comments

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amberrayh (author)2015-05-13

Looks great! Thanks for sharing. Do you have a video of the lights responding to sound?

author

Yes! I just posted a video, and will post another soon! Thanks for checking it out :)

author

Cool! That helmet is awesome. Hope you have fun at EDC!

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