Instructions for the Southern Guardian Helmet Patterns
Before you start building the helmet, you will need roughly cut out the patterns, paste them onto corrugated cardboard, then cut out each work piece. With each cutout pieces you will then either curl or fold them. If this is your first time using a hot glue gun, please checkout the various videos and how-to guides on the Internet before you start. Note that all videos will open in a new window.
Download this handy checklist to help you gather all the required equipment and materials for this build.
Equipment and Materials for the Preparation Step
Tips on Using Hot Glue Gun (1:14)
If this is your first helmet build, watch the videos in their entirety prior to attempting each step then watch the video again and follow the instructions on the videos. Test fit each work pieces before actually applying the hot glue. Make sure that the pattern is securely glued to the cardboard. You may need to glue down patterns again. Don’t rush and wait for the hot glue to harden before moving on to the next step.
Equipment and Materials for the Build Step
If you want to add in the light up spark gem to the helmet, please skip to step 20 in the “Build With LED Assembly” section for instructions on attaching the LED Light and Switch Assembly to the helmet. If you don’t want the light up spark gem, continue to step 14.
Step 16: Edge Sealing (0:46)
Step 19: Final Assembly (1:26)
Build With LED Assembly
Please refer to the booklet for the schematics of the LED Light and Switch assembly. You will need to know how to solder simple electronics. If this is your first time soldering, consider purchasing at least two sets of the electronic components in case you make an error. Please use frosted HDPE sheets for the spark gems otherwise the light will not diffuse properly.
LED Light and Switch Assembly
Go back to the “Build” section and continue with step 16.
For best results, please use water-based acrylic paint to decorate your helmets. You can follow our suggestions on the color scheme but there is an infinite number of ways to paint the helmets. No matter how you decide to paint the helmets, please share photos of your helmet on the Crafteeo FaceBook page. We love to seeing your creation!