Sputnikfest 2014


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Saturday, March 9, 2013

It doesn’t matter whether or not you have a head, you must wear the right sort of hat.”  (Nikos Kazantzakis, Greek writer and philosopher – author of the novel Zorba the Greek) 

As anyone who has attended Sputnikfest knows, the right headgear is essential.  The basic item of head wear is the aluminum foil hat – inexpensive, easy to construct, and able to block mind control rays emanating from alien spacecraft or patrolling black helicopters. 

But, when you are ready to move your Sputnikfest wardrobe to the next level – a one-of-a-kind Sputnikfest Helmet is in order.  The exact choice of materials and design is completely up to you, but the basic components are a sturdy helmet and some sort of television antenna of the old “rabbit ears” variety.   For the example shown here we started with a vintage safety helmet that looked to be fiberglass construction, picked up at a garage sale for a few bucks.  The antenna used for this project was not vintage – but rather was an RCA digital converter antenna picked up at a local thrift shop for another couple bucks.  The antenna was dismantled and various parts were attached to the helmet with the help of miscellaneous hardware from a well-stocked junk drawer.  Several coats of silver paint, a strategically placed shiny metal spring, and some Sputnikfest logo decals finished the project off.  
So – start working on your own unique decorative headwear!   Start checking your local garage sales and thrift shops for the right materials and channel your inner Sputnik.  You have plenty of time between now and September 7, 2013 – we hope to see you in Manitowoc showing off your own headwear handiwork!  Planet Terry

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