Who says bedazzling can’t be badass?
Not every female rider is into skulls and spikes. Some prefer a more girly look and like to bling it up instead. No matter what your preference, adding a little shimmer to your motorcycle, helmet, and/or accessories will make it unique and still badass.
While attending Babes Ride Out 6 I spotted this sparkly bling motorcycle helmet from a distance and had to get a closer look. The owner of this bedazzled helmet is Sonia Stewart, a photographer and motorcycle enthusiast from La Quinta, CA who loves to bling.
“I am a lover of all things sparkly. For some reason, when I see sparkles, I am mesmerized and can just stare at it and get lost in my own world.”
When asked about her DIY bling motorcycle helmet she was more than happy to tell us all about it….the process, materials used, and how people react to it.
Attention Grabbing Shimmer
One thing’s for sure, Sonia’s custom bling motorcycle helmet definitely catches people’s attention.
“It’s almost as if people don’t cut me off the road because they want to see what this sparkly thing on my head is. I get stopped for compliments and pictures all the time. Nobody notices my bike anymore, haha.”
The Bling Process
Every single crystal was hand placed on Sonia’s purple HJC Cosmos helmet.
Sonia traced along the white painted heart on the existing design, small sections at a time, with the glue.
Then she placed about 10 crystals, one by one. Repeating the process she applied more glue, more crystals, and so on.
As the white painted heart design changed widths, so did the size of the crystals used.
The entire helmet was completed over a period of three evenings while watching TV after dinner. Or, as she jokes, “playing Candy Crush, lol.” Sonia also said, “sitting in my chair and blinging out my helmet was very soothing to do.”
Rhinestones vs. Swarovski Crystals
Sonia considered using rhinestones because of the cost, saying “you can buy giant packs of thousands in multiple sizes for about $15.”
“However, rhinestones are made of plastic and don’t hold its clarity well. Swarovski stones are real crystals and the radiance they give off is well worth the extra few dollars.“
Her total investment with the glue was $79.
When Sonia started to run out of the sizes needed mid-project she turned to Amazon with Prime shipping to get some more fast.
Cat Ears Motorcycle Helmet Accessory
Sonia got her cute black cat ears from Ebay. She says these are always on and are attached with very strong Velcro.
They don’t shift a bit, even on freeway speeds. I did modify them just a little. I used some black floss and a needle and sort of tethered them to stay upright. Before, as soon as I moved, the ears would go flat. After a five-minute tethering job, they stay perked up and don’t catch any wind.
When it comes to bling, the question Sonia asks herself is “when do I say enough is enough?”
I don’t know when to stop. It started with my helmet, only in certain parts as to not be overbearing. Now, I’ve added to my bike…the front fender, the ends of the handlebars, my speedometer. Even then, my helmet is still what makes people see me.
Connect with Sonia
Don’t have time to DIY Bling?
Then check out the bling motorcycle helmets on Etsy. Several merchants do incredible custom work blinging helmets, some even to your specs!