View Full Version : How can I make a vintage dive helmet ?

04-01-2012, 03:59 PM
We will have a room in our Haunt this year with creepy mermaids and I would like a static old diver in the room.
Any tips how to make this helmet?12555

Allen H
04-01-2012, 09:15 PM
Buy this or similar

Or if you have one of those animated taking witch heads in a crystal ball those globes work really great for this (how I made mine).
Then watch this tutorial and apply the foam shaping and detailing to your helmet.


Or buy a children's ball of the right size and paper mache that, then get your shapes that way, but I prefer working from the plastic sphere. If you want more specifics just shoot me an email-stiltbeast@gmail.com
Allen H

04-01-2012, 09:50 PM

if i have never said it you are right on top of my hero list

soo many details that they take it in as a whole and they don't focus on one little thing

always fill the page

hard angles are freaking more scary

just a drop in the bucket
to the amount of words of wisdom that are constantly coming out of your mouth
it makes me always wanna listen to what the master has to say

Allen H
04-01-2012, 10:01 PM
Thank you for your kind words. I feel like a student as opposed to a master though- I try to always learn. I am glad to share what I learn or what I know. I do not do it really for the thank yous, I just have a drive to create share and teach so other come by success easier than I did. It's pretty cool to be called a hero though- thank you.
Allen H

04-02-2012, 03:12 AM
Thank you Allen! I 've been going crazy making ( 6 already) static people after watching your packaging tape sculpture tutorial and made a few packaging tape mermaid tails ( can't take it off my daughter, she loves it) and was about to try a packaging tape diver's helmet. Ha ha . No one sits still too long in this house or they get taped!! I do have an old talking witch globe. I only need the foam!! These helmets were $2000 on ebay!

You probably have lots great ideas for decorating my creepy mermaid room.

Thank you!!

The Nightmare Factory
04-03-2012, 02:40 AM
When I read the topic and the question, I said, "Well, Allen will know what to do"!

Allen is top self all the way.

04-03-2012, 06:34 AM
I always weigh out the time,materials to make one verses one that is already made.
Pat Catans sells dive helmets like that....OR heres a ebay link....


Allen H
04-03-2012, 07:52 AM
Darkside, the ebay link is for a miniature helmet. it is $50 for a 1" decoration. I am pretty sure they need a full size one for an actor. Weighing the time and materials vs cost is always the way to go- but always read the fine print also.

04-03-2012, 08:12 AM
I believe if you scroll down you see all sizes, i will check it again.

thanks allen

Allen H
04-03-2012, 11:08 PM
No worries, there are a few human sized ones, but none for under $250. I think making it is the way to go in this case. and the weight of a real one on an actor...yikes.