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    Default Mining hard hat....

    I needed a hard hat for my skeleton that will be sitting in my mine cart. My good old scrounge of a dad found one for me. It was blue and white plastic (stupid me didn't think of taking a before pic of it).

    First I spray painted it metallic silver. Then I went out to the garden and sifted some dirt over a really fine mesh. I got some really fine dust. Then I took clear cover spray paint and wet down the hard hard. I layered a fine dusting of dirt over the helmet. Making sure to get it heavy in the crevices. I repeated this a few times and smoothed and bumped up certain areas. Then a fine spray of clear over the whole thing.

    It looks so cool in person, you can't really see all of the bumps and ridges the dirt made in these pics. It is especially cool on the brim, as if someone's dirty hands had taken the hat off on and on thousands of times (Vladamir Guerrero would be proud).

    Here are a few pics.






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    Wow! That is super well done. It looks exactly like an old metal miner's hat. BRAVO!

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    The helmet looks good!! I'd like to see some final pics. I like the Angels reference too, even though I'm a Bosox fan. Keep up the good work and post pics.

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    Looks great! All you need is a head lamp.

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    Thanks all. I am on the look out for more freebie hard hats. I have my whole scavenging team hot on the trail. I hope to get at least 4 or 5. We have plans for about that many props. I am not very good at these aging techniques so I am so happy with how it turned out. Since I want to do more, the next one I do I want to get progress pics. I wish I would have had the forethought to take a before picture of this one though.

    Great idea on the headlamp. I will have to figure that one out to make it look old school as well.

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    Very nice! Before I read your post, I thought the picture was of a real old mining hat!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uruk-Hai View Post
    Looks great! All you need is a head lamp.
    Ha! I was going to say the same thing
    The aging looks great junkie

    MsM
    "A true friend stabs you in the front."
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    That looks great! Really good job. If you hadn't written up a description, I would have thought it was metal. Perhaps an old hard hat you had actually found!

    Great job!

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    Looks great. Please tell us more about the haunt you're preparing. I'm doing a haunted mineshaft and could use some more ideas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redrom View Post
    Looks great. Please tell us more about the haunt you're preparing. I'm doing a haunted mineshaft and could use some more ideas.
    Here is a link to a thread I started to chronicle my theme this year.............

    Haunted Mine Shaft themed yard haunt ideas.....

 

 
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