Most people who travel by motorcycle will understand the term ‘helmet hair‘ – it’s something which cannot be avoided and which we all tend to ignore – we get used to everyone looking as if they’ve been dragged backwards through a hedge or, as in some cases, like they’ve been strangely coiffured by someone with a plough! A certain friend of ours likes to use hair gel and so, when he removes his helmet, he has these lovely ridges running along his head.
I had this idea to make some “Hair by Honda” badges and so produced about a dozen which sold in no time at all. After that, some friends came around and we had a major crafting session and produced hundreds of them. Unfortunately, I didn’t get photos at the time so the pictures here show mainly the dregs of the bunch but you can get an idea of what we did.
Using Shrink Paper/Plastic from Crafty Computer Paper I printed loads of different, amusing messy hair styles. The most popular were the scruffy cat (you can maybe spot my own personal cat badge in the middle of the group) and the equally scruffy Yorkshire Terrier. The small amount of ‘male’ badges all sold very quickly too.
So, after the printed papers were dry they were cut into rectangles and coloured in various ways before shrinking them with heat guns. The edges were dipped in embossing powders or coloured with a gold or silver marker and then the whole thing dipped in UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel) and melted as a glaze.
Mine has been through the washing machine more times than I can number as I don’t always remember to remove it from the shirt it’s pinned to – doesn’t seem to have harmed it much except that I have had to renew the gilding and the glazing ‘cos it was looking just a little faded.
After covering the costs of the supplies, the monies raised were donated to our designated charity – North Wales Air Ambulance.