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Eye-popping light up Giant Eye helmet
So, our client placed an exciting order for a programmable LED helmet in the form of a huge eye. As the art LED helmet was supposed to be used for stilt performances, we had to keep in mind the nature and complexity of such shows to make the helmet as convenient and comfortable to use as possible.
The major requirements were to make it lightweight, with steady fixation on the head and good observation. Additionally, it should have “lashes” out of optical fibre, while the edge of the eye should be outlined with extra LEDs to have a clear eye shape look.
Cosplay luminous Giant Eye helmet production
Everything starts with the sketches
After coordinating the sketches of a future light up giant eye helmet with the client we start prototyping it in CLO.
The process of prototyping gives us a clear understanding of how the helmet will look in reality and the materials we will need for its production.
As the base for the helmet we used a spherical frame. The parts for it were first 3D printed and then assembled.
The front side of the eye helmet is made using LED strip with the density 144 LEDs per meter.
The total number of LEDs in the huge eye-shaped helmet is 1800.
The back side of the sphere is made from black EVA material.
At the center of the EVA semi-sphere there is a cut for a zip fastener to put the LED helmet on comfortably. Apart from it, we additionally cover it with black mesh fabric with a zipper.
Illuminating lashes for the Huge Eye LED helmet
The lashes are made out of two types of optical fibre. The first type is 2mm side-glow optical fibre. It’s very soft and doesn’t keep the form well. The second type is 3mm edge-glow optical fibre with a firm structure and ability to retain the form well. We used the combination of both the types to reach more natural and softer look. All in all, there were used 80 pieces of optical fibre.
In addition, the optical fibre was sanded to let it diffuse the light on its sides.
To ensure high brightness and colority transmission, we illuminated the fibre from beneath, using dip LEDs. For this purpose, we’ve made special modules with a help of silicone and heat shrink tube.
Making the frame for light up huge eye helmet
The frame of the huge eye helmet was made from two metal-reinforced plastic pipes, which were bent into a semi ellipse form, with the edges cut at 45 degrees to make the joints smooth.
Alongside the pipe, we also made a cut at the center and additional bores for lashes. Afterwards we covered the pipes with black faux leather and inserted optical fibre lashes modules into one of the halves.
Led helmet building process
Finally, both the halves could be interconnected with a help of bracing wires and epoxy glue. We made four bores on the top and bottom of the central part of the pipe and attached the semi sphere with a help of bracing wires.
After that we just needed to insert white plastic into the previously made cuts in the pipes.
Hiding the wiring and all the technical accessories
All the technical stuff was hidden in a special backpack with pockets, where we put controller and power supply modules.
Setting the effects
The effects can be absolutely diverse. Generally, we upload up to 25-30 effects to an SD-card. The effects can be customized according to your wish. As for the control, it can be carried out in a stand-alone mode via DMX switch or remote RF controller.
Mesmerize your guests with designer Big Eye LED helmet
Are you going to create a bizarre look for your next event – why not consider an idea of a fantastic glowing LED helmet? You can use it at different kinds of events and special occasions, parties and parades, performances and festivals. It’ll definitely draw everyone’s attention and you’ll 100% captivate your audience or guests with such an unconventional luxury look.
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