Bling Your Band
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"I found using a small sponge brush worked best to apply it.
I used the sponge brush so I could throw it away when done. I applied 1 coat. Let it dry. Then applied another coat. Let that dry. Then applied as needed. Held up well. Only had to touch up once in the 3 months we had it.
I also did multiple coats about 3 and it lasted for months without peeling."
"We used glitter in our mod podge, love that stuff!"
"I ruined my pants doing my daughters band because I spilled some on me...but boy does that stuff work. I never had a sticker peel or come off."
A customer used epoxy resin
"I taped off with frog tape and newspaper then spray painted with two coats of silver acrylic (30 min dying time per coat) then coated in epoxy resin and dried overnight. I then added the decals and coated those in another layer of epoxy to make them permanent. In the end I found epoxy to be a better protector than modge podge, but it's tricky to use as it thickens very quickly, so you have to work fast if you want to avoid getting streaks and you need to leave it overnight to harden properly. I didn't have time to practice, but my advice to others is to have a couple of goes at using epoxy on an old bowling ball or skate helmet before applying it to the baby helmet, and make sure you have plenty of brushes and mixing pots and at least 2 x 25g tubes of Gorilla 5 min Epoxy Glue available per coat."
“I removed the mod podge. It just peels right off!”
“I just lifted it up with my nails and peeled it off. Wiped it over and its ready to reapply. But it lasted months without any problems and bub constantly rubs her head on the carpet. Lol. Only a tiny section had to be re-mod podged.”
“I removed it with no problem. I then decided I wanted to keep them as a keepsake so I put them on scrapbook paper and put mod podge over that and it worked great!”
“You can peel it off or use rubbing alcohol. It makes it bubble up.”
“I changed the decals two times while my little man wore his helmet. I only did one coat of Mod Podge and never really needed to retouch the decals - the sides of the helmet probably could've used a touch up, but I just let it go. When I was ready to change the decals, I peeled them off by hand but had to scrub the helmet with a washcloth to get rid of the Mod Podge residue. You definitely need to make sure that you get all of the old Mod Podge off before putting the new decals on!”
"I used rubbing alcohol on the inside and just plain water on the outside"
"As an Orthotist I recommend rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle. Spray inside helmet, let sit a few moments & then wipe dry w/ a paper towel.
We never allow or promote the use of heat ( blow dryer or hot water) on our helmets as it can warp the plastic & loosen the glue."
"Our orthotist told us to use rubbing alcohol. I use cotton pads and wipe out the inside. If the outside of the helmet gets dirty, I use either rubbing alcohol or water. Make sure that both the helmet and your child's hair is dry before you put the helmet back on. Sometimes, if I am in a rush to get it back on, I will blow dry my daughter's hair and the inside of her helmet. But never use warm/hot air. My dryer has a cold button which I use. Also, make sure when you are cleaning the inside of the helmet that you don't scrub it too hard. I don't know about all of them, but my orthotist uses the stains and discolouration to see where the pressure points are. If you scrub it too hard, they will have a difficult time trying to figure out where/how much to file down at fittings. I thought it was gross to have a discoloured helmet, but if you are using rubbing alcohol, it will kill all the germs (it also gets rid of the smell!). I was also told, that if you notice your child is sweating a lot, you can blow into the top of the helmet to get some cold air venting through!"
"^^^i always thought the same thing about my sons helmet. It was stained on the inside after a few days and we couldn't get them cleaned off. But the rubbing alcohol with a soft bristle toothbrush took the smell away."
"I use a bowl to put soap and water in and use a small soft brush to scrub the inside. I get a wash cloth and wipe out the band a few times rinsing the rag each wipe. Then spray with rubbing alcohol water mix. And again wipe out several times to get out any residue [and] dry for hour. Sometimes I use hair dryer on low or cool to dry any added foam padding."
“Sponge brush for applying the modge podge worked really well. I did a thin coat, let it dry 15 minutes and then did another coat. Only reason I had to reapply was accidentally cleaning the helmet with ribbon alcohol and it bubbled the original modge podge a bit.”
“My son had the STARlight band, but my orthotist just told us to wipe the inside of the helmet with a damp cloth, so I never actually used much water when cleaning it. The outside of the helmet was exposed to a little water from time to time though, and it did cause the Mod Podge to streak. I just put on another coat of Mod Podge, but once it streaks, it never looks quite as nice!”
“We have a Hanger band, too. We sprayed alcohol on the band in the beginning before the decals, but had the same trouble the first time we used alcohol with the decals. Did another coat of Mod Podge after that and from then on, have been spraying a paper towel, wiping the inside of the band, and just rinsing the whole thing with water. The outside of the band doesn't get dirty, so it's much easier that way. Screw a sprayer onto the bottle of alcohol...it's SO much easier!”
You can choose from these optional name, initial, and monogram borders. To use one, please note in the special instructions section something like "Please use Border #4"!
You can use a border on our Name Only product for no extra fee. If you would like to use a border from this page on a different design, note in the special instructions on your order to please use Border #<which one you want>.
We may have to delete elements from designs to fit a border. Please note in special instructions the desired diameter of the border.
These borders are best used with short names, about four letters or less, or are great with initials. If the name is short enough, or just an initial, we will weed out the extra vinyl in the center of the design (as shown in below picture).
If the name is to big, meaning the letter sizes would be too small for us to weed the vinyl from the center, we will print the center as a solid peice of vinyl. This means the band surface would not show through the center of the design.
We are in the process of interviewing talented artists who will be able to custom paint a helmet in various styles. If a style matches what you are looking for, we will connect you with the artist of your choice.
We are also in the process of acquiring helmets, and will have the potential artists paint samples to verify their abilities.
We expect to start offering this service in approximately May of 2014.
We recommend using Mod Podge to seal and protect the decals from abrasion damage, and this guide shows more details about using it. You can use just about any paint brush you like but we like the foam brushes. They have a nice even edge, and the price is right! Our bottle is matte finish, but glossy is good too!
This is our definition of a medium coat, and we recommend five medium coats. They don't all have to go on before your child wears the band with decals applied. We recommend you apply the decals, and then apply the first two coats immediately after. The rest of the coats can wait till later.
Only the decals and the around the decals need Mod Podge, but aesthetics (particularly on clear helments) may dictate a uniform application on the band.
Mod Podge in this thickness dries pretty quickly. This picture was taken 5 minutes later.
The thickness we are looking for is when you take your fingernail and scrape along the band until you hit a decal, do you feel a sudden step that catches your fingernail, or does your fingernail keep sliding along?
We find that it is the forth coat that builds the Mod Podge up thick enough that a fingernail won't catch on the edge, and we recommend five coats to be sure. We recommend putting two on the day the decals go on, two the next day, and one the day after.
You have enough thickness when your fingernail keeps sliding and does not catch on the decal edge. While wearing the band, your child moves it against the fabric of bedding, rugs and furniture, and without Mod Podge, that fabric also can catch the decal edges and start lifting them up, breaking off fine points, or sanding the ink off the vinyl. Without Mod Podge protection, damage has been reported to happen with some children in just a few days. We have never had reports of damage from folks who followed the application instructions.
You will need to remove the Mod Podge and decals if changing designs. I generally is easy to take the Mod Podge off it is built up to the proper thickness. Just work an edge until you can start to lift it up, and it will remove easily in sheets. Mod Podge usually, but not always, removes without damaging the decals.
Mod Podge can be wiped with a wet cloth without it getting sticky or turning to goo, but it cannot be submerged in water for more than a few seconds or it will start turning white and eventually, goo.
This is a collection of just some of our popular fonts. Some designs do use fonts not shown here (yet). In theory, we can print in any font. In reality, thin fonts are not as robust as thick fonts, and thin (particularly thin cursive) fonts may not always be robust enough to even go through the production process.
Any font shown here is safe to use. And keep in mind we can (and do usually) stretch letters in height or width to be a little wider or narrower to fit in the space you have.
Vinyl decals: Except in unusual circumstances like illness or vacation, you should receive a proof via email within about one business day of your order. If you like it, please respond with printing approval, or ask for changes. If you do not respond to our proof email, in about 7-10 days we will print and ship.
Once we have printing approval, vinyl decals typically ship in 1-2 business days. It is very typical for orders to ship two business days after the order is placed.
We recommend sealing the decals with Mod Podge and we have a Mod Podge application guide. While the decals stick well to the slick, non-porous band, they are susceptible to scratching of the ink, pushing on thin decal parts, and corners and points can catch on fabric enough to start pulling up the edges. With children beyond the baby stage, this can happen in a few days!
This is generally a much bigger issue with older children who are very active movers but with as easy as it is to put on and take off, we strongly recommend it for all bands. If you don't use it but needed too, the decals can be damaged before you realize it.
Mod Podge can help with large decals applied to curvature. The large decals can experience stress that is encouraging them to pop off.
Mod Podge can be hardly noticeable. Most of the helmets in our cranial band picture gallery have Mod Podge applied, and you can't see it in the pictures.
Mod Podge protects against scratching, and significantly helps reduce pulling on the thin decals and catching on fabric. The pictures below show the issues.
This image shows the classic case of a helmet being rubbed on fabric. The fabric catches on the corners of the letters, eventually lifting them up. But the rounded edges of the clouds don't catch (yet!) and are fine. Mod Podge can help this.
This image shows how points and thin sections fair when exposed to rubbing. The points break off, and the thin parts shift and break off. Rubbing is generally most significant on the back of the helmet because young children lay on their backs.
Mod Podge protects decals that don't have sharp points and aren't thin as well from abrasion wear. This images shows this little girl is active on her tummy as the name is worn, but the side decals are not.
We recommend five medium coats of Mod Podge, and periodic application (every other week or so on the back of active children's helmets). The mod podge is thick enough when your fingernail slides over the edge of the decal, and does not catch on the edge.
We recommend you put two coats on per day, the first two before your child wears the band, and two more the next day, and the final coat the day after. This should fit the one hour per day your child is allowed to be bandless.
When applied to the proper thickness, Mod Podge removes easily. Work and edge of the Mod Podge until it can be lifted up, and then it will pull off in large sheets. The Mod Podge will remove without damaging the decals.
If you sealed the decals with Mod Podge to the proper thickness (I hope you did!), removing it is a snap! Use your fingernail and start at the edge of the Mod Podge, and work it until you can start to pull on the Mod Podge, and then it will remove in nice big sheets. It is even easier than removing the decals themselves!
If the mod podge is not thick enough to come up in sheets, or it is very dry and brittle, take a wet washcloth and rub the surface of the band for a minute or two. Then dig at the mod podge and then it will come up.
Our decals are easy to apply, and easy to remove. Cheap stickers are weak and will tear and shred rather than just come off. Our decals are strong. Use your finger nail to get under an edge of the decal, and work it free till you can grasp it.
Then pull up and back slowly, working it back and forth, and the decal will come free. The decal may leave some adhesive you can feel with a finger, but a little rubbing alcohol will remove that.
Yes! You can request color changes, change sizing to fit your band, make changes to the text in a design, add text to a design, change the font in a design, mirror an element in a design, mix and match elements in a design.
Just use the special instruction box and request the changes.