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Picture of Leather Iceborn Helmet
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The Iceborn Helmet, taken from game to reality:

 
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Step 1: Paper Mock-Up

Make a paper mock-up.

Believe it or not, this is usually one of the longest steps in making a new leather helmet.

Don't waste leather: Look closely at your sketches or the inspiration. How is this going to work in three-dimensional reality?

Before I begin a single piece, I know exactly how it is going to look at the end, and every step in between...

In this case, I have stayed true to the lines and form of the WOW design. To my delight, the game's pattern is quite functional!

Play with paper and posters until you have something that makes you glad. These pictures show what I came up with. Shown are a few stages of tweaking the forms.  I always collect used posters from the trash at commercial stores exactly for this purpose.

It is a matter of taking flat, 2-D material (leather) and making it something with body, tactile, beautiful and effective.

Step 2: Try with Cardboard

Optional, but recommended:

Take your paper patterns and try them out with cardboard.

Does the piece still work with thicker material? Notice anything that should be changed?

Next time, it is permanent. And if your pattern is good, these cardboard peices can be saved to replicate the helmet many more times!
Very cool. With that pattern you could make near endless versions of this style helmet. Would you ever consider uploading and distributing it?
liontroll (author)  The Rambler1 year ago
Thanks. Yes, the endless variations of a good pattern is something that I have learned quite well! ...Deeply exciting, though also frustrating, given natural limitations of time and resources!

With this instructable, I tried to tread the line between describing how to MAKE THIS EXACT HELMET, and HOW TO MAKE ANY HELMET using this red one as a guide.. I really think that anyone who is equip to pull off a good replica of this one will be able to do so without a print-out version of the pattern, especially if they look closely at step number 5. In fact, there is still room to refine a few of the curves and corners (I just made v.2 of this piece, and saw room for improvement).
Oh that's true. Step 5 does have a perfect view of all of the pieces, and I suppose if anyone really wanted to they could download the PDF of that step and resize it. I'd love to see you v.2.
baaskcman1 year ago
This is amazing! Great work. You should make props for theatre and film!
Excellent use of leather! Awesome!
liontroll (author)  MoustacheCat1 year ago
Cheers,
Wow, really fantastic, and an excellent depiction of the entire process from paper model to finished product.
liontroll (author)  scoochmaroo1 year ago
I appreciate it, thank you! I think I'll take some pictures of lacing, cutting and dyeing that I missed the first time through to make it even more accessible.