New helmet WIP



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Re: New helmet WIP

Postby Eric C » Sun Mar 26, 2017 7:13 pm

At long last, I have made some progress on this helmet. I have riveted in the leather panels. I will have pics later today - hopefully. But I have a question. The leather isn't as formed to the helmet shape as I would like. I was wondering about wetting it with hot water and forming it more. But I'm concerned that when it dries, it will shrink and tear away from the rivets and be ruined. Any suggestions? Input?
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Re: New helmet WIP

Postby Elleth » Sun Mar 26, 2017 7:31 pm

I don't experience much shrinking with piece I do - but I've not done anything of the size and shape you have, so I'm not certain it'd work perfectly for you. Perhaps wet it just enough to get it pliable enough to mount, then brace it in position with clamps instead of rivets as it dries back out, and punch the rivet holes after all is dry?
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Re: New helmet WIP

Postby Ringulf » Sun Mar 26, 2017 7:49 pm

Wet it in room temp bath for about a minute. Then about 20 seconds immersion in just sub boiling water will do the trick with minimal (just about no shrinkage) I would prepunch the holes and wet form it right to the inside of the helm directly out of the hot water, fastening it as you stretch or form. (I start in the center in the back and keep it even going forward) If you have to, use nuts and bolts till it dries so you can get them on quick (or the barrel bolt/Chicago screws) Then when it is all formed and dry. You can, if you like, rivet it on, I would load it up with a conditioner like mink oil to keep it supple. :mrgreen:
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Re: New helmet WIP

Postby Eric C » Mon Mar 27, 2017 10:17 am

WELL, the problem is that I had everything fitted up nicely so I went ahead and riveted it all together. Now there are some places that I don't like as much. I will try to get some pics up when I get home from work. It may be acceptable, but it wasn't my original vision.

BTW Ringulf, keep your eyes open and I'll give you a glimpse of our joint project. :wink:
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Re: New helmet WIP

Postby Kortoso » Mon Mar 27, 2017 4:15 pm

You could rivet the leather in as it is now, and then wet the leather and stretch it to your liking afterwards.
The force that wet leather exerts as it dries is somewhat exaggerated sometimes.
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Re: New helmet WIP

Postby Eric C » Sat Apr 01, 2017 12:50 am

Okay, I think I am the world's worst at saying I will post pics, then never getting around to it. So, here are a couple of progress pics on the helmet:

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I'm still planning to add a nasal and most likely an avontail, but it will take time.
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Re: New helmet WIP

Postby Greg » Sat Apr 01, 2017 1:26 am

That's really starting to come together. Neat project, Eric!
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