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So, you're on a raid of Scotland's feudal communities, your longboat cruising through the northern seas, the warriors cheering as the coastline comes into view through the fog when you realize (gasp!) that you've forgotten your helmet. now what?

Fortunately, here are instructions for a stylish chapeau that at least kind of looks the part.
You'll need:
-bicycle fender
-a leather (or comparable material) belt
-duct tape
-bifurcated paper rivets
-a tuque (beanie for you non-canadians)
-wire/thread or something thin and tieable.
-large button
-cardboard
-cable tie

for tools-(I used a leatherman, but specifically.
- metal shears
-scissors
-file
-knife (basically any kind)
-measuring tape (optional)
 
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Step 1: How big is your head?

Picture of How big is your head?
cut the buckle and the perforated part off the belt. if you use a braided belt, it looks cool, but I wasn't interested in tying up the loose ends. anyways, you now have a strip of leather of indeterminate length.

Put on the tuque and fold the brim up, like with regular use. now, pop a strip of cardboard into the brim that goes all the way around your head. cut off excess. now, if you're impulsive, like me, wrap the belt around the outside of the brim and try to mark where it overlaps. try not to draw on your face. I made that mistake so you won't have to. If you're more cautious (sensible), measure with a tape measure.
Cut the belt so it goes all around your head with 1 inch overlapping. Then, put two holes into the overlapping leather, and bind it with the cable tie.

now, take the bike fender and flatten it a little. I used a metal bowl and perseverance. Measure your head from front tuque brim to back brim, and then cut the fender to this length.

Warning: Sharp Things Are Sharp! the metal can be jagged. file it down smooth and wrap the sharp end with duct tape
bcelik17 months ago

Nice writing style! Kinda realized I have the same humorous diction too. I love this instructable :D

red-king4 years ago
 bike fender+viking helmet=biking viking=P
or a vike on a bike
Hans34695 years ago
Steel did exist but yeah it was expensive and hard to make.Most axes had a steel edge welded to an iron head.
I just finished following this instructable as best I could (Who has a spare bike fender laying around?) and it turned out great. Instead of paper brads, I punched holes and threaded leather cord through, then decorated with brass thumbtacks. Instead of the fender, I used the rest of the belt (it was a 40 incher) to go over the top, and had enough extra to extend over my nose. A little trimming, and BAM! noseguard. Great 'ible! Totally saved my halloween costume!
Calaad6 years ago
I didn't have a bicycle fender. I used a rivets and small wooden squares covered with copper tape. It looks good, but not as good as yours.
Velotrash Industries (author)  Calaad6 years ago
dude you should post a picture because I don't quite understand what you mean. But also it's pretty cool that someone else made one.
KentsOkay6 years ago
Awesome!
*kicks little kid off bike and steals fender*

ULAILIA!!!!
LOL! Redwall! I cant think of the last time I heard somone say that... Good times...
Redwall stole it! Look it up.
What, do you mean the saint? Or "Absolom, Absolom!"?
Velotrash Industries (author)  KentsOkay6 years ago
now that is hardcore viking.
haha!
look at home maid sparklers they are cool and cheap and easy!!!!
Velotrash Industries (author) 6 years ago
Historical Accuracy Corner: Vikings didn't wear horns on their helmets. Also their helmets weren't made of steel. Or wool-based winter hats.
what were they made out of
Velotrash Industries (author)  Jake-off6 years ago
Bronze, Iron, the skulls of one's enemies, something like. I'm not entirely sure, 'cause I wasn't there, but I think steel was invented too recently.
They had steel, the gladius of the Roman Legonairies were steel.
Most of the iron used in northern Europe at the time was extracted from bogs, which was, apparently, a particularly crappy task. The resulting iron was insanely expensive and usually reserved for weapon blades. (Hah! Nuts to all the naysayers who told me there was nothing to be gained, by sitting around watching History Channel all the time...)
Very good point, I was just pointing out they had steel. That's why they favored axes too, less metal needed + they look bad ass.
Velotrash Industries (author)  KentsOkay6 years ago
my helmet is closer to 100% accuracy. thanks rocket scientist.
No prob, but I dont think they had chrome LOL
well their helmets didn't have horns, they did.
Nausicaa6 years ago
Nice! I think that you really look like a viking. And also, you look cute. From Anonymous
THANK YOU!
I always forget my helmet when I raid innocent peasant villages!!
Now I just need to remember to carry a toque!
You're my new favorite viking impersonator! (Which, for the record, is fairly high on my list of kick-a* things!)
Neat. If you can score a chunk of copper pipe (3/4" diam. or better), hold it against a flat surface, and beat on it with a ball-pein hammer, it will flatten out and simultaneously take on a suitable curve.
LinuxH4x0r6 years ago
Nice job! looks great!