I'm going to show you how to change your common helmet into a dwarven helmet!
The main reason why have I done this to my helm is, that I needed something for a dwarven costume and my helmet doesn't much fit the dwarven setting. The second reason is that it looks cooler :D
You will need following items:
This is the most important step. You can make as many sketches and stencils as you want, but leather and clay are quite an expensive materials, so you should cut and use it when you are 100% sure.
I made fake ribs on the top of the helm and then some beard shape on the front.
Take a piece of thermoset clay and start forming some fake ribs. It's a little tricky, but I'm sure you can make it! I made two same ribs on the sides and then one on the front.
Make a basic shape and then make some holes and shapes into it.
When you are done with shaping just put it in the boiling water. I wasn't able to take out the clay from helmet easily, so I used a string and slowly cut it from it.
When it's hard you can adjust it with a knife. Then take your paints and do some paintjob. I used golden spray and then shaded it with acrylic colors.
After that simply glue it with hotglue on the helmet.
Now you can also add some fake beard. I made them from a leather. After painting it looks just like a sheet metal.
Draw the shape of your helmet and then do some sketching. Then cut the pattern and put it on the leather. After that cut the leather and make some decoration. Then take your spray/paint and give it some paintjob.
As you can see, my beard part is silver although I have used golden spray. Silver particles stayed on the leather but yellow color just ran away :D But it looks good either. After that I shaded it with acrylic colors.
Then take your glue and attach it on the helmet.
I left the goatee part for better comfort.
Voila ! Now you are ready to battle as a dwarf :)
If you made it well, the hot glue will hold the parts during battle. And when you want your old helmet back, they can be easily removed with force and/or heating. Then just use a sand paper to get rid of the glue remains!
You can make the whole "helmet decoration" from real material. You can cast the ribs from metal and make beard from a sheet and then attach it to the helmet with rivets. But I wanted to used it again with an old look :)
I hope you like this instructable and that it was helpful!
If you have any questions or compliments just write a comment! :)