With my last update on the Zed helmet, I had successfully molded the prototype and pulled a good cast. Now it's time to...
I pulled a cold cast of the helmet, which essentially means mixing the resin with aluminum powder (or any kind of metallic powder for that matter), which allows the cast to look and feel more metallic after polishing. I typically brush a light layer of powder on the inside of the mold before pouring as well.
I trimmed out the vents and eye slits with an abrasive cutting disc on my dremel tool, then lightly passed over the entire helmet with 0000 steel wool. After that, I polished every surface with Mother's aluminum polish, which works amazingly and makes a huge difference in the sheen. You can find it at most auto or hardware stores. I then masked off the crest and painted it gold. I did a little weathering with a mix of black and brown acrylic paint.
The last thing I did was buy some red fabric and glue it to the rim of the helmet to create Zed's veil. And done! (I know there are better options that gluing cloth but no technique is forbidden).
Finally, take some non-potato quality photos for the first time in 3 months with a random assortment of ninja weapons.
Thanks for reading!
Casts of the Zed helmet are available here.
6/2015 UPDATE: Due to popular demand, the file is now public! Download it here!