The Taxidermied Fish Helmet!

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Introduction: The Taxidermied Fish Helmet!

A combination of my two loves: Dead animals, and hats. Guaranteed to get attention and a laugh (and possibly a psych check.)

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Step 1: Gather Your Materials

For this project you need:
A cheap, easy to drill through helmet (I used a hard hat that had been in my closet)
A preserved fish or similar animal
A drill, preferably high torque
Wood Screws

Step 2: Prepare Your Materials

There are few pictures here, because i didn't think to start taking them until about two steps into the process. Anyways:
1. Remove any webbing from the inside of the helmet (if you can). Mine just unsnapped and was put back in later.
2. Remove fish or other animal from any mounting it may be on. Generally they are either glued or screwed into a base, so this shouldn't be too hard.
3. Set aside fish gently, being careful not to break the fins.
Get out your drill and screws at this point. Make sure you are in a well-ventilated area, as drilling into plastic and preserved animals may produce fumes.

The piece of wood shown in the third picture is the original mount the fish came off of.

Step 3: Drill Into the Pieces

Sizes and placement of the screw will vary, and I did not take picture of the holes being made due to my hands being busy. You may want to have two helmets, so that you have one to practice on. I placed the screws about an inch and a half apart, due to a bulge in the middle of the helmet. I simply placed the fish sideways against the helmet (turned sideways also), and drilled through them both with two woodscrews.

Step 4: Test Your New Helmet!

I failed to take into account the fact that the fish weighed about ten pounds when I was putting it onto the helmet, and so it is a bit top-heavy. I may soon devise how to add a chinstrap. Yes, I blacked out my eyes, but thats cause i am a minor and don't want creepy people stalking me. Also, don't walk through any doorways without first checking they are higher than your fish.

Step 5: Congratulate Yourself on Such a Pimp Hat (and Explanation of Why I Made This)

I made this because it was funny, and for a semi-practical reason. The camp where i work requires that you wear a hat at all times when serving food in the serving line, and so this is simply a way of expressing myself when doing so. I acquired the hat about two years ago as a joke, after I built a potato cannon. The fish was given to me because the person that had it didn't have any idea what to do with it (as he had been given it also). I may post another instructable at some point on modifying the fish(IE, replacing the eyes with L.E.D.S, or putting an Ipod speaker in it. P.S: I know you are all tired of hearing this, but this is my first instructable, please constructive criticism only.

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    28 Discussions

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    foxtrot4697
    foxtrot4697

    10 years ago on Introduction

    nightmare before christmas, the hat made with the bat and the hat made out of a rat.

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    swolleneyeball
    swolleneyeball

    10 years ago on Step 5

    A big flood light pointing out of the mouth would be amazing!

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    pleabargain
    pleabargain

    10 years ago on Step 5

    Rock on! Where are you serving? I'd be happy to eat fish sticks at your chow line!

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    canida
    canida

    12 years ago on Introduction

    This is AWESOME! I can't wait to see the audio LED version. Have you considered death rays?

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    The Insomniac
    The Insomniac

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    I would consider death rays, but bass are a non-confrontational, docile species. I may add a tractor beam though.

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    bowmaster
    bowmaster

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    I one time made tractor-beam glove and I aimed it at a car expecting to pull it to me but since it weighed more I was the one who got pulled.

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    Gjdj3
    Gjdj3

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    That just made my day. Thank you. Lol.

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    jdtwelve12
    jdtwelve12

    11 years ago on Step 4

    Dude, on the one hand I completely respect your right to privacy, and applaud your efforts to protect your identity... on the other hand, I can't help chuckling when I hear a guy wearing a fish on his head say he's worried about creepy people stalking him. :) Awesome hat, btw. Maybe a future version could lower the center of gravity and avoid the rafters by having the fish sit more "around" the head... also, I'd be willing to bet that with a little LED ingenuity, you could make this fish internally lit for safety during night use. :)

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    minerug
    minerug

    11 years ago on Introduction

    If you had a fat enought fish, you could put the helmet inside the fish, so it would look like you have a fish through your head

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    mangadragon
    mangadragon

    11 years ago on Introduction

    Nice bass! Catch that yourself? Great instructable. Fantastic novelty hat that would definitely turn heads.

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    pacey_waring
    pacey_waring

    12 years ago on Introduction

    YES, FISH LED'S!!! a point to consider- the eyes are near the top of the head, and it's kind of high-up anyways... so people may have a hard time seeing LEDs especially if they are sitting, and being served food. Perhaps you could have LED's pointing into the helmet, making an ambient light between your hair and the helmet itself? you could hollow out the fish and put the batteries inside the fish!

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    Mr. Rig It
    Mr. Rig It

    12 years ago on Introduction

    I am laughing yet disturbed by this at the same time. Great use of materials, this would be great for a MASH IT contest.

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    Stanislaw
    Stanislaw

    12 years ago on Introduction

    heh - now that is a "fishing hat" you could add a felt patch for fishing flies :D

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    killerjackalope

    Speaker in the mouth... led eyes and just for kicks get a tazidermied squirrel and add it riding the fish... Then play ride of the valkryies when entering a room... Excellent idea, I love it, the fish also suits well...