[Editor’s Note: DIYer Ryan Connelly returns today with a pair of excellent Pittsburgh-themed projects. Enjoy. — PL]
By Ryan Connelly
This is the pride and joy of all of my DIY projects: the white Steelers helmet.
I created this helmet back in august of 2007. It was a very tough time for me because my dad had just lost his fight against cancer, and I needed to find projects to take my mind off things. I had just finished painting my family’s shed to look like an old Mail Pouch barn (my dad drove a truck and would point out Mail Pouch barns to us on family trips), and I wanted to move on to a new, totally different project.
So i went out and bought a Steelers mini-helmet. I removed the facemask, chinstrap, and yellow stripe decal, and tucked the Riddell helmet bumper to the inside of the helmet. I took measurements of the helmet and also took measurements of the Steelers’ Northwestern sleeve stripes from an authentic jersey I have. Using AutoCAD, I scaled the sleeve stripe down to an appropriate size for the helmet.
I took the final measurements applied tape to the center area on the helmet. I did this process twice — once for the black stripes and once for yellow. The black is actually the black of the original helmet, as I taped over that to spray the rest of the helmet white. Then I taped the whole helmet except for where the yellow stripes would go… and sprayed yellow.
I taped over the logo with masking tape when i painted the whole helmet white. As a finishing touch I added my initials and the date. You can see the final results, which turned out quite well — enjoy!
Moving on to a more recent project, I wanted to design and create a Pittsburgh sports mash-up, but i didn’t want to do a “cartoony” mascot-type thing. I wanted it to look more like a logo of some sort itself.
So I started my research with our city flag/crest. I really love the castle, the light-blue checkerboard pattern, and the three coins, so I ran with that and incorporated into my AutoCAD design. So at this point, it was about the city itself, not just about Pittsburgh sports. After adding a little color, it looked like this.
I printed, cut, traced, and glued the logo onto felt. Here’s the castle, and the team logos, and the whole thing turned out like this. Here’s another view. It’s all glued together, but I’m still waiting to sew it. Overall dimensions are about 10″ x 13″.
And in case you’re wondering, here’s what my AutoCAD screen looks like at any given moment during a design process — a cluttered mess!
Uni Watch News Ticker: Paul here. Several readers sent me notes regarding the “3” having fallen off of Melky Cabrera’s helmet brim, but only Dave Berry provided visual evidence. … Not sure I’d ever seen this particular bumblebee combo before. Doug Keklak scanned that page from the 1978 Pirates Yearbook. He also dug out his Surf/Topps book of Pirates baseball cards and scanned the entire thing. Plus he was doing some microfilm research and came across shots of the 1973 ABA All-Star Game, the 1973 Pro Bowl, and a batboy with a fractional uni number. … And hey, who’s that? That’s Kek himself, at age seven. Let’s hope Coach didn’t fine him for that bit of stripe peeking out on his sannies. … Check it out: Bengals-themed beer! Details here. … Cool breakdown of the Philly Union’s new brand identity here (with thanks to Stephen Wong). … Many of you know about this already, but this year’s star/stripes caps will be red. Well, that should look just dandy on teams like the Mets, Rockies, Tigers, White Sox, Marlins, Yankees, A’s, et al. … A day in a life, as told via logos (with thanks to Chad Todd). … The Phillies did what championship teams always do (thanks, Vince). … Jared Weaver is still marking his cap with a Nick Adenhart memorial inscription (with thanks to David Martin). … Uni typo discovery by Jared Wheeler, who says Steve Bedrosian wore this jersey for one game in 1988, complete with his name misspelled inside and out. “I am searching for a picture of him in it,” he says. “Tough find, though.” … Check out these photos of the Spectrum floor being dismantled (with thanks to Robert Ruszczyk). … The Nats-related jokes just write themselves. … For those of you who get a blood rush from this sort of thing, here’s a buncha photos of the new Paul Pierce Nike Zoom Sharkley Premium PE. … What’s worse than a Yankees jersey with an NOB? A Yankees jersey with a misspelled NOB (with thanks to Jennifer Muller). … Check out Joe Namath’s old restaurant — and the uniforms worn by the employees (nice find by Ted Kerwin). … Those high-tech swimsuits that have rewritten the record book may be banned. … Someone at Auburn is wearing a faceguard on his batting helmet (with thanks to Chris Wright).