I love a good challenge when it comes to crafting costumes, and after seeing Kill the Moon I knew I wanted to make one of those orange space suits.
For this project so far I’ve used:
- 1 1960’s motorcycle helmet (the old style helmets are a lot smaller than current day helmets)
- 1/2 inch EVA foam pads from Harbor Freight $10.00
- Aluminum foil
- Heat Gun which I also bought at Harbor Freight for around $14.00
- Duct Tape
- Box Cutter
- Total cost to this point: $24.00
This is my first time making an EVA helmet so I’ve relied heavily on this great YouTube tutorial by Ted Smith.
I covered the helmet in aluminum foil
Then using short 4 or 5 inch strips, I covered the helmet with duct tape.
I drew pattern marks, labeling F for front and B for back, R for right, L for left. Don’t forget the hash marks!
I cut out the pattern and then chose the side I liked the best. This ensures that both sides will be identical. Make sure to cut out the hash marks
I pined the patterns to the foam, drawing in all the hash marks and marking front back, left. Then I flipped them over and drew them again, this time marking right.
After cutting the pieces out with a box cutter (fresh, sharp blade is required and make sure you are cutting at 90 degrees), I heated them and gave them each a curve. Watch the youtube video I reference above for more info on this step.
Then very slowly, and carefully I hot-glued the pieces together. I’d only glue an inch at a time and then hold.
And there you have it. The base of my space helmet.