Tanzanite was a corrupted gem. In her corrupted state, she took the form of a giant owl that put the inhabitants of Beach City into deep sleep, with a mysterious dust that covered the sky, making it a long night. When the gems tried to capture her, the owl recognized Steven's gem, and he was able to heal her, until Tanzanite became herself again. Tanzanite is a mysterious and quiet Crystal Gem. She has great wisdom and ability for judgement. She´s introverted, but in balance with herself and the others. She´s more spiritual than the other Gems. She´s patient, sincere and trustworthy. Tanzanite is always there to listen and to cure the ones that are hurt in body and heart. Tanzanite´s gem is located in her forehead, which gives her the ability to have visions, to interpret dreams and to be very perceptive and empathetic. She's able to get into people's minds, allowing her to see their visions and dreams, she can also manipulate these thoughts and dreams, and she's very perceptive of what's going on around her, as she can sense her enemies' actions before they perform them. She is also capable of calming people down, relieving them from stress and any other negative emotions. She also casts a magic dust (therefore her nickname) that makes people, enemies and other gems, fall asleep... Useful when Steven gets very obnoxious!. She has been Garnet´s best friend for a long time (formerly, Sapphire's best friend), a loyal follower of Rose Quartz during her life and she´s now also one of Steven´s best friends. Her relationship with Steven is of a big sister. She may seem cold sometimes, but Tanzanite truly cares for her friends. It may seem she´s more distant towards Steven than the other Gems, but he´s actually very valuable for her, and they have great time together (especially at the arcade). --
I love Steven Universe! It´s a fantastic show. It was epic since the pilot episode! The animation, the music, the character design...Exquisite! Check it out if you haven´t. It´s a must-watch!
Due to the popularity of the show, a lot fans have been drawing OCs of the Crystal Gems (called 'Gemsonas'), the warriors from the series. I chose the Tanzanite stone because it´s blue-violet, deep violet is my favorite color. I should´ve done Ruby because it´s the July birthstone (my birthday is in July), but when it comes to the color and the symbolism of the gem, I´m more of the Tanzanite type of person. Besides, Tanzanite is a very beautiful stone, and Ruby is already an awesome Crystal Gem featured in the show! I also chose Garnet as Tanzanite´s BFF because Garnet is my favorite gem in the show... Also my favorite pairing... And I love Ruby... And Sapphire... And, I mean, my goodness, she´s so awesome and she´s voiced by Stelle!...STELLE!!
Here is a rough step-by-step breakdown of the process I used in creating the helmet for my Dead Space 3 Advanced Engineering RIG. Everything was eyeballed from screenshots (what few I could find online) and the rest I pretty much took creative liberties with.
1. I went to GoodWill and shopped around for a child size helmet that I could use for this build. Why child size when I am very much an adult? Because helmets are full of safety foams and padding making the shell very large, and the only piece I want is the shell.
2. I pulled all of the comfort pads and the large insert of hard safety foam. As I mentioned, I am only interested in the shell. This now made the helmet that was too small for my head fit with room to spare. Had it been an adult helmet, the final product would have been absurdly large like many of the pepakura helmets you may have seen built around the interwebs.
3 & 4. I sealed the holes with aluminum tape inside of the helmet and then used filler for the tops which I later sanded down once it had set.
5. I took a clear face shield visor and pop riveted it to the helmet shell. I then cut and rough fit the face shield pieces with tape to make sure I had the dimensions right... because as I said, I am eyeballing everything.
6. Here you see all of the foam attached to the helmet. The foam is all EVA foam which can be purchased in thinner sheets at places like Joann's while the thick pieces (not used here) can be purchased at Harbor Freight in packages of 4 large sheets used as anti-fatigue mats. The helmet also has two random plastic pieces I pulled from other junk in my garage to form the rear section of the helm and allow for adding the foam over top that you can see here. You can also the damage and wear I burned into the foam with a soldering iron and various tips.
7. A view from the back of the helm. More damage burned in here.
8. After sealing the foam in PVA (Elmer's) glue and then spraying the whole thing in gray primer, I began the first coat of black paint, seen here. This is the base as I will be using metallic colors.
9. This is after going over the black with a few coats of an antique bronze, hammered copper, and normal bronze.
10. In this shot you can see I have removed the tape from the outside of the visors. The blue inside is actually painter's tape I had not removed yet. You can also see the silver I had hand painted on.
11. Here I went over the whole helmet with a black wash which I rubbed off in different ways as I went along in oreder to give the paint a worn, dirty metal look.
12. And lastly, I built an LED array which runs both above and beneath each visor slit with a second reflective visor behind them so I can see out but no one else can see in. At this point it is 95% completed. The rest of the work will be picking out small details with a brush and installing a jack so i can have a remote power source that will plug into the helmet and is easy enough to disconnect and reconnect every time I take the helmet off or put it back on.