An artist from the B. Campbell Studio of Charlotte, North Carolina developed the SteamPunk Dark Vadar mask for the Darth Vadar Project – a charity event in which artists create new designs for the Darth Vadar mask and sell the works of art and donate all proceeds to the Make a Wish Foundation. (remember the Storm Trooper Hybrid Helmets post?) Campell Studio self-proclaims to “serve the creative and web marketing needs of companies and individuals by combining value pricing with over 20 years of marketing experience.”
The Steampunk Darth Vadar helmet is designed to resemble an early 1800s artifact that washed up on shore. The artist prepared the glossy black plastic for painting by lightly scuffing the surface with sand paper and steel wool. He proceeded to sculpt the individual ‚Äúcopper plates‚Äù using using a Dremel tool. Pilot holes were drilled to accept the rivets (which are actually furniture tacks). After applying a base coat of copper, the artist selectively sprayed flat black and wiped away the high spots, then cut out the molded plastic mesh and replaced it with aluminum mesh. The eye lenses were removed and replaced with copper wire cages inspired by those found on the portals of antique diving helmets. Light green acrylic paint was added as a final touch to provide the corrosion detail finish.
The Steampunk Darth Vadar prototype is available for purchase, and the artist is also accepting offers for other custom works.