Monthly Archives: November 2018

  • How to create the dragon and mermaid skin helmet

    This decal set is a little different from out typical offering.  The resulting band will look like a complete wrap!  However the process is a little more complicated and this guide will walk you through it.

    Step 1.  Start at the lowest points of the helmet.  Scales should overhang the band and band structures.  The extra that overlaps should be trimmed off with a sharp knife (I use a x-acto) to make a clean edge.

    Try to keep the scales even around as you go around the band so that when the pattern joins at some point, everything looks even.  However the scales are forgiving.

    Speaking of forgiving, we started with painting the helmet black because the band curvature might cause a small gap between two scales and you can't see it with a black base coat.

    Step 1 & 2 - start at the lowest points of the helmet Step 1 & 2 - start at the lowest points of the helmet

    Step 2.  I worked my way up and around the band.  I tend to trim as I go, as the overlapping scales are sticky on the back side and want to stick to everything.

     

    Step 2 - work your way around and up the band Step 2 - work your way around and up the band

    Step 3.  All the scales are on and I just have some trim work left.  The white on the band is are foam covers and I have just left them alone.

    Step 3 - most of the scales are on now Step 3 - most of the scales are on now

    Step 4.  Apply the eyes and the text.  This helmet has many holes drilled in the top, and I used my fingers to find them and my knife to cut the vinyl covering the hole.

    Step 4 - apply the eyes and text Step 4 - apply the eyes and text

    Step 5.  Apply protection.  Normally we recommend modge podge only on our regular decals, but as a 'wrap' this design suffers from wrap issues.  LOL did you expect that wraps were perfect and no issues?  The weakness of wraps is the edges where the wrap comes to the edge.

    Kid movement and wear wants to lift those edges and peal back the wrap.  Wraps need a lot of maintenance at these points.  We recommend a layer of permanent varnish and then the five coats of mod podge as per our application instructions.

    If there is peeling at the edge, catch it quickly and trim the lifted up edge off and back to the flat portion of the vinyl, and treat the edge with more varnish and mod podge.

  • How to apply goggle/glasses decals

    This page is a special subset of our full decal application instructions.  Getting glasses and goggles to lay flat on a helmet isn't hard - if you apply the decals with the correct process.  This is a step by step application guide for goggles and glasses.

    Step 1 - cut around the goggles as closely as possible Step 1 - cut around the goggles as closely as possible

    Step 1 - Separate out and cut around the goggles or glasses as closely as you can.  The transfer tape is not as flexible as the vinyl, so excess transfer tape just hinders the goggles laying flat around the edges.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Step 2 - Stick the goggles down in the center Step 2 - Stick the goggles down in the center

    Step 2 - stick the goggles down in the center.  You can check if the goggles are centered as you want them on the band, and lift the goggles off and stick it down again if it is off center.

    Then use a squeegee, credit card or large coin to start sticking the decal down in the center.

     

     

     

     

     

    3 - Keep working out from the center 3 - Keep working out from the center

    Step 3 - keep working out from the center, tacking down the goggles.  Work in small, firm strokes.  You can apply a lot of pressure to the vinyl.

     

    As you get more and more of the decal down, the more you will see excess vinyl building up at the edges.

     

     

     

    4 - Get the goggles nearly all down 4 - Get the goggles nearly all down

    Step 4 - you have slowly worked from the center of the goggles to the edges, so where all but the edges is down and smooth.  You worked in small strokes, a little at a time.

    As you get to this point, you will see the edges looking wavy, with vinyl lifted up at the red arrows.

    Take your squeegee/credit card/coin, and start at the inside and push these mountains (tip of the red arrows) down, a little at a time.

    Don't try to push one mountain flat and then move to the next one.

    Instead, push a little on a mountain, and then move to the next mountain and push a little on it.

     

     

    5 - Nearly all the mountains are gone 5 - Nearly all the mountains are gone

    Step 5 - I have worked the left side top here to where almost all the little mountains are down.  The red arrow is pointing to what could turn into a crease if I don't address it right.

     

    To fix the crease, use the sharp corner of the squeegee to apply a lot of pressure to the start of the crease (tip of the red arrow).  Apply a lot of pressure, and slowly slide from the start of the crease, to the edge of the goggles.

     

     

     

    6 - All of the decal is down 6 - All of the decal is down

    Step 6 - I worked all the mountains.  By being aggressive at the start of a crease, I eliminated it.

     

    This example shows why I don't make decals beyond a certain size.  Applying a flat decal to a rounded helmet works up to a 2-3 inches, but it takes more and more experience and technique to get large decals down flat.

    You can go back to our full application instruction guide here.

     

    A great customer photo example of a goggles applied flat! A great customer photo example of a goggles applied flat!

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