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  • balderdasher made the instructable Disco Ball Helmet1 year ago
    Disco Ball Helmet

    I've been making these for more than two years now, based on this tutorial. Some comments I've left below pretty much sum up my experience, but a couple more I'd add:1. I learned recently that keeping or removing the side rivets makes little to no difference to the appearance to the helmet. I thought, as Natalie's Instructable suggested, that leaving them in would no longer provide a clean look. But I could not tell the difference when I put the mirrors over the rivet. The glue takes a little longer to set, but once it's on, it stays. I plan on working around the front snaps in my next helmet, which, yes, will make the overall look less polished, but will allow me to attach a visor.2. The right pair of scissors makes all the difference. Natalie must have spent a WHILE making that clean ...

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    I've been making these for more than two years now, based on this tutorial. Some comments I've left below pretty much sum up my experience, but a couple more I'd add:1. I learned recently that keeping or removing the side rivets makes little to no difference to the appearance to the helmet. I thought, as Natalie's Instructable suggested, that leaving them in would no longer provide a clean look. But I could not tell the difference when I put the mirrors over the rivet. The glue takes a little longer to set, but once it's on, it stays. I plan on working around the front snaps in my next helmet, which, yes, will make the overall look less polished, but will allow me to attach a visor.2. The right pair of scissors makes all the difference. Natalie must have spent a WHILE making that clean edge -- I typically don't work quite as hard. I've tried scoring the glass and breaking it with pliers, but that didn't work for me. I've also tried tile nippers; also didn't work. Scissors that are the right sharpness, and weight (a thicker metal is better), and speed you cut means getting more clean triangular mirrors for your helmet edge. If you're strapped for time (or patience), I'd focus on the edge work around your forehead. The rest of it is also nice but not as noticeable for the finished product, as far as onlookers are concerned.

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