How to Make a Gladiator Helmet

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How to Make a Gladiator Helmet
Gladiators wore helmets not only to make them look fierce to their competitors, but also to protect their faces. (Photos.com/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Whether you need it for role or costume playing, a themed party or if you are just readying yourself for Halloween, a gladiator costume is incomplete without a helmet. To make a good looking, durable gladiator helmet, you will need an old helmet, cardboard and a few other materials you may have around your house.

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Things you need

  • A riding, batting or skateboard helmet
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Ruler
  • Duct tape
  • Glue gun
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Gold, silver or bronze spraypaint
  • Utility knife
  • Marker
  • Paint pens
  • Ink pens

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Look for gladiator faceplate designs on the internet.Choose a design you think you can replicate.

  2. 2

    Sketch your faceplate design on the cardboard with a pencil. When you are happy with the design, trace it with an ink pen.

  3. 3

    Cut out your faceplate. Cut the eye holes and the breathing holes out of the faceplate with a utility knife, as scissors might not be able to do the job.

  4. 4

    Add duct tape or masking tape to the edges of the faceplate to smooth it out.

  5. 5

    Roll your faceplate into a tube shape and the unroll it to give it an arched shape that will fit inside the helmet.

  1. 1

    Use the glue gun to adhere the faceplate to the helmet.

  2. 2

    Spray paint your faceplate and helmet gold, silver or bronze.

  3. 3

    Leave the newly-painted helmet and faceplate overnight to dry.

  4. 4

    Add additional details, such as shading, to the faceplate and helmet with a dark metallic pen.

Tips and warnings

  • If you do not want to use spraypaint, you can glue tin foil on the entire helmet instead to give it that metallic lustre without the hassle.
  • You can also use the duct tape to add texture to your helmet.
  • To give your helmet colour depth, use paper and masking tape to "mask" or cover the parts that you want to keep reserved for another colour.

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