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This will show you how to make a easy and cheap Skrim iron helmet using duct tape and cardboard.

I've always wanted to make one of these, but i never can acquire the proper materials, so i made one using my favorite crafting  stuff, cardboard and duct tape! The result is very sturdy too.
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Step 1: Materials & Tools

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Here are the supplies needed to make this

  • Hot glue gun
  • Cutting mat
  • Exacto knife or other cutting tool
  • Measuring tape
  • Corrugated cardboard (a large box should be enough)
  • Duct tape Gray and tan (optional brown)
  • Glue for hot glue gun
  • Horn shaped pieces of Styrofoam (Hey, i found some, if you don't have any you easily make some out of cardboard, I'll update this when i do)
***WARNING, always use cation when handling knifes and hot glue!***

Step 2: Start head dome

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First we'll start with the head-dome.

Start by figuring out your head size. (side note: i cant give exact measurements for anything here, its completely up to your head size) then cut a rectangular piece of cardboard, the width of it should be long enough to go from the top of your head to the tip of your ear when curved, the length should be about an inch above your head size

Now draw a row of spikes on the cardboard, these should be an inch wide at the bottom and the tips should reach all the way to the top and be spaced an inch apart. Start the spikes an inch and a half from the bottom of the piece.

Now break the backing by running it down the edge of a table, see third photo. (credit for this technique goes to Seamster)  you'll be using this technique for every piece

lay it out flat and cut the spikes out (as strait as possible) and then break the backing of all the spikes so they can curve inward.

(another side note) Don't worry too much about how the cardboard model looks because you'll be coating it in duct tape.
ashley.pitham made it!2 months ago
Got there in the end!
ashley.pitham3 months ago

Nates, I made a disc which I'm going to tape either inside or out to hold it all in place before glueing. I'm making an Iron Age helmet for my 7 year olds school project and using this helmet as a template as I'm not sure if I can do the horns yet.

Nates5685 months ago

Also I don't quite understand the measuring part?

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Nates5685 months ago

I'm having problems with the dome and hot gluing it together any suggestions?

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nicely done man! try doing Bane's mask!!

Dovakin1 year ago
Awesome! Took a while to make, but the end result was pretty epic! (Made cardboard horns)
pizzanik2 years ago
monsterlego (author)  pizzanik2 years ago
Awesome! that looks fantastic!
I followed your tutorial but did some modifications. The horns were made with pepakura on normal paper, rings made of cardboard, yarn and plaster tape. I will be using it on carnival here in Rio de Janeiro. Thanks.
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monsterlego (author)  PotatoCoffee2 years ago
You're welcome.
toezar003 years ago
dude this is so awesome,
like the best carboard skyrim iron helmet I
ever see.

Good job!
monsterlego (author)  toezar002 years ago
Thanks! :D
Jayefuu3 years ago
Nice! First one I've seen that can be made for under $5! While it doesn't look as fancy and realistic as some of the fiberglass ones, anyone can give kids tape, card and styrofoam and not worry about them gluing themselves to the ceiling. Good work!
ilpug3 years ago
Seems legit.