Introduction: Smiling Thing Helmet From Ice Cream Bucket

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This smiling Thing "helmet" was made using a 5 gallon Ice cream container thrown out from a local 39 flavors location and extra styrofoam containers. Sorry but I don't have pictures of the process, but I will try and describe the steps as clearly as possible. 

Materials: 5 gallon Ice cream container, styrofoam containers, hot glue gun and sticks, carpet cutter and or X-acto knife, orange acrylic paint, hole punch, metal fasteners (light weight, gold colored school type), elastic band (for jaw opening mechanism), stapler/staples

Step one: Obtain 5 gallon Ice cream container thrown out from a local 39 flavors location. They usually just throw them out into their trash bin as they empty them of the ice cream. Take a large plastic garbage bag to carry several containers (usually a good idea to have spares for parts, etc.).  You will have to wash out the sticky ice cream left over. Be carefull, although the container is coated to keep it water proof, it is cardboard and should not be left in or full of standing water as it will begin to break down your container.

Step Two: While letting your containers dry thoroughly before beginning process of build you can begin preparing your brick skin pieces. This consists of taking your styrofoam containers and tearing them into usable pieces. Use your imagination as to how the piec es will overlap and create the Thing's look. Once I had a suitable shape, I proceeded to crumple it into the smallest ball I could get, letting it unfurl and repeating this several times until I was happy with the wrinkles this would create. After several pieces were gathered I scratched them with further lines using the back point of the X-acto knife. The carpet cutter can be used here if you prefer.

Step Three: Now with a dry container, pencil in where your eyes, nose and mouth should be. To get your facial porportions as close as possible you can take a piece of regular copying paper and press over face. Rub (taking care not to poke too hard) out the shape of your face and then pencil out the eyes. You can then use this as a guide to where your eyes will need to be on your helmet. Place the paper over the area you determined for the eyes and using your X-acto knife cut a small hole in the center of the eyes for later enlarging in the container. For the mouth piece simply pencil out the area of the mouth in and half moon arc, cut it out and replaced later upside down to create an under bite effect (more on this later).

Step Four: Begin gluing "skin" pieces. I just went with feel but I recomend starting with the center of the face at the nose and glue out in a circlular manner. Smaller piece are used when you have tight corners or want to create areas of detail like cheek bones. When in dought, place pieces with scotch tape before using hot glue. Continue until both head and mouth pieces are complete.

Step Five: Articulating jaw. What you don't see in the pictures is the fact that this "helmet" allows you to smile. I placed nice big teeth on the upper lip, carefully placing them under the lip area like real teeth. Over these "teeth" I placed the upside down mouth cut out earlier. Placing appropriate holes (using the paper punch) on either side of the jawline, I attached the "jaw" and added elastic band across the underside of the jaw (where my own jaw would be able to open  the Thing's jaw. To close, I stapled small pieces of elastic on either end   and inside of the innerjaw (to pull the jaw shut after a smile).

Step Six: Painting. Once I was happy with the way the "helmet" looked and operated I painted it orange. As you can see in the pictures, the wrinkles and grooves of the styofoam made for a cool look. I added some pin holes throughout to add to the brick look. Have fun with your own build, I did.

Comments

vgonzalez4 (author)2013-12-11

I forgot to post this in my comment, lol. This is my THING Costume. Im very proud of how it came out, and you should be proud too!

Keep working at it True Believer, Excelsior!

rhernand64 (author)vgonzalez42013-12-12

THANKS FOR NOTICING MY WORK. I CAN SEE YOU WENT ALL OUT ON YOUR BUILD. A FULL THING COSTUME CAN BE A TREMENDOUS CHALLENGE, BUT YOU NAILED IT! LOOKS LIKE YOU ENTERED A CONTEST. WAS IT AT COMICON? DID YOU WIN ANYTHING? I ENTERED MY CAP COSTUME AT THIS YEARS WONDERCON IN ANAHEIM. GOT AN HONORABLE MENTION BUT SOME DC COSTUMES WON PRIZES FROM DC REP (THERE WERE NO MARVEL REPS JUDGING). KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK AND "MAKE MINE MARVEL!"

vgonzalez4 (author)rhernand642013-12-12

Absolutely! Yeah I did it for my charity group, took me a year to construct the whole thing. Im thinking about posting how I made it, I have a whole youtube video that shows the whole thing. lol Thank you!!

When I wore it for the first time I met Stan Lee with my group. He was so excited, he applaud and said, "Benjamin Grimm, Hows it goin!?" He loved everyone's costumes. At the end of the day, a guy was admiring my costume and said I made Jack Kirby proud.

Yeah I entered my costume in the Amazing Arizona Comicon Contest, got third place. Nice work! Yeah mine got beat out by a jedi...go figure. Im gonna enter again with a DC costume. I got plenty of Marvel work to do for the rest of the year. Thanks man, you too! Excelsior!!!

vgonzalez4 (author)2013-12-11

"Ya know what time it is??"

"ITS CLOBBERIN TIME!!!!"

I am extremely impressed! This is so simple and so beautifully done. I created my THING Costume nearly 3 to 4 years ago. Took me a whole year with a lot of materials and a lot of time.

This is a great step into making something fantastic (Punt intended) Keep it up!

rhernand64 (author)2013-01-17

BY THE WAY, YOU CAN'T TELL BY THE PICTURE, BUT THIS "HELMET" ALLOWS THE WEARER TO MAKE THE THING SMILE!

Ernext (author)2013-01-17

this is awesome, Im waiting for the how to, and what about a Magneto one? I want to do one

rhernand64 (author)Ernext2013-01-17

THANKS FOR THE COMMENT. WILL HAVE TO WRITE THE STEPS DOWN WHEN I GET THE CHANCE. THIS IS AN OLD BUIILD BUT
WASN'T TOO HARD AND ALOT OF FUN.

JuCo (author)2011-04-11

not one person has claimed that "it's clobberin' time", yet!?

i'm so very, very disappointed.

Aaronius (author)2011-04-07

cool. How did you make it?

rhernand64 (author)Aaronius2011-04-11

How to coming soon. It's really easy and fun.

Kaptain Kool (author)2011-04-09

ROCK SMASH!!!!!! : )

rhernand64 (author)Kaptain Kool2011-04-11

Thanks for the comment. How to coming soon.

framistan (author)2011-04-09

Dude! it's AWESOME but you totally forgot to show us how to make it!!!

rhernand64 (author)framistan2011-04-11

Had to get it in the contest, but will post how to soon. Thanks for the comments.

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