Do you ever wanna just find a quiet space? Away from all of life’s stresses? Well, there’s one place that’s always peaceful. Under the sea. And we all know the best way to visit under the sea is with your own diver’s helmet. Ahh, the serenity.
Hi, my name is Chris and I like to make things. Today we’re gonna make a diving helmet. The first step is to print out the pattern. Make sure your printer is set to print at actual size and then make yourself comfortable while the printer does its thing.
Once the pattern pieces are printed, you can get off your butt and start taping them together. Overlap the pages and line up the registration marks. I like to do this on a window so I can see clearly through the two sheets of paper. Now you can take your pattern and start cutting it out, cutting just on the outside of the black line.
Go downstairs and grab a big sheet of foam and start tracing your pattern pieces. Remembering to mark and label all the alignment points. Wherever two of the same piece are required, make sure you flip the pattern piece over before tracing the second one. I like to designate the flipped over ones with an quot;Aquot; after the number so I remember which are which.
Once everything is traced, grab your ocean-themed cutting surface and start cutting. Once your pieces are all cut out, grab your blowdryer. You can start forming sheets 1, 2, and 3 by heating them up and shaping them over your knee. Now it’s time to get out your glue gun and start gluing.
I just bought myself a super swanky silicone baking mat. These are amazing because the glue just peels right off. Start by gluing the V-shaped cutout on piece number one. Press the two sides together while holding it down against the silicone baking mat.
This should leave you with a fairly smooth seam. Now glue the cutout on piece number two. On longer seams I like to glue about five to eight centimetres at a time, hold them until the glue dries, and then go on to the next five to eight centimetres. Glue piece number three to piece number one, using marks numbers ten and eleven to line it up.
Then piece two gets glued onto pieces one and three, lining up numbers 6, 7, 8 and 9. Glue piece two to piece one, lining up mark 4, and that gives you half of the main helmet body. And I bet you know what I’m gonna say next – make the other half and glue the two together. Now grab pieces 4 and 4A and glue the ends together to make a nice ring, which will be attached to the main helmet body by lining up the front and back seams.
Glue the front and back first and then glue the sides, trying to keep everything equal. Make another ring out of piece five by gluing the ends and glue the flat side of that onto piece six. Make sure to line up the marks on the widest part of piece five with the centre of the tabs on piece six. Now you can glue your new face plate over that big hole in the middle of your helmet.
And again, to make sure it’s all lined up, glue a little at the top, a little at the bottom, a little at one side, a little at the other side and then fill in anywhere that you haven’t glued yet. You might find there’s a little extra foam on the side edges, which you can trim off if they bug you. If it doesn’t bug you, you’ve just saved five minutes. Alright, now you can glue piece nine on the side holes, which will be covered with a super funky, fun grid thingo.
Just match the slots up with the other slots with a bit of glue in there and you’ve got it. Make a ring out of piece seven and glue it on to piece eight, this time lining up the narrowest part of piece seven with the alignment marks on piece eight. And you can glue that top window to the main helmet body now. Angle all the corners of piece 16 with your knife and then glue the grid in place.
Glue two of piece 12 together and glue it onto the side of the face plate. Now we can bend down that tab and glue it so it looks a little bit like a hinge. On goes the front faceplate grill. Now, make a sandwich of three piece 15s, which will get glued below the larger tab on the faceplate.
Grab your blowdryer and use it to heat and curve piece 11, so it looks a bit like a bib. Line the tabs up of piece 11 with the front and back centreline of the helmet and glue them into place. You want to glue it so piece 11 overlaps piece 4 at the front and back by about a centimetre. Now glue the sides and then the rest of the way around.
The extra overlap you left at the front and back helps the breastplate keep its form once it’s glued down, like so. It’s feeling awesome, but it’s not quite done. Cut a strip of foam 92 cm long by 3 cm wide and use it to cover up the seam around your helmet. Trim off any extra foam with your knife.
Now cut another piece of foam 90 cm long by 1 cm wide and glue it vertically down the centre of the strip you just glued on. As we seem to be in the strip cutting mood, let’s cut another one 150 cm long by 2. 7 cm wide and this one will run around the outside of the breastplate. Oops, I almost forgot pieces 13 and 14.
I don’t know what they’re supposed to be, but hey, they look cool. Make a mark at the centre front and back of the rim around piece 11. Then make a mark every 9 cm until you’ve reached the top of the shoulder. Now grab a nut and glue it on top of each mark.
I’m also filling the centres with a puddle of glue, just so they stay on that little bit better. And a wing nut on the face plate finishes it off. Now paint it black and go play some foosball. Once you’ve let your son beat you in a game of foosball, it’s time to get out your metallic paints.
Wearing a rubber glove, apply a small amount to your finger and then lightly apply it to the painted surface of the helmet. To get a contrasting colour for the portholes, I used DecoArt Metallic Lustre. The colour I used was Gold Rush but I mixed in a little bit of the bronze Liquitex acrylic paint as well. And once that’s done, you’re done.
Thanks for watching and if you want to make your own diver’s mask, now you can. Boom. I think this is probably one of the best projects I’ve ever made. I’m super impressed with how it turned out and if I had some reason to wear one around the house, I would.
In fact, I have. If you want to get the pattern, there’s a link right there. Thanks for watching. Bye-bye.
I need a bunch of rocks! I need rocks in my pants. What if I put this in my pocket? That’s not gonna fit in your pocket! Hey your thing is going away! I think that worked really well.