How To Make A Spangenhelm 2

How to Build a Spangenhelm

by Ron McWilliams
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Measuring spangenhelm panels
Measuring spangenhelm panels

Measuring out the panel holes.

Punching spangenhelm panel holes
Punching spangenhelm panel holes

Punching holes for the panels.

Adjusting spangenhelm bands
Adjusting spangenhelm bands

Ensuring a tight fit between bands before adding panels.

Spangenhelm band alignment
Spangenhelm band alignment

Double checking band alignment before adding panels.

Bouge the spangenhelm
Bouge the spangenhelm

After first rough sanding on the panels, the low spots will show up. Turn piece over and bouge the piece, hammering out the spots to level it out. Resand to even finish and use finer abrasives to bring a luster to the surface. The pieces should be a consistant fine grain.

Add spangenhelm bolts
Add spangenhelm bolts

Add bolts as each hole is made. This will pull the panels into position as you proceed. Clamp panels with vice grips, use scrap piece of copper to protect the finish. Match drill the panels for the rivets.

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Bolt the helm together with #6 bolts. Shape the nasal over the anvil. Check over all fit, form and function.

Wet sand spangenhelm
Wet sand spangenhelm

Wet sand with 320, 400 and 600 before going to the buffers.

Buff spangenhelm
Buff spangenhelm

Buff pieces with red and green rouge.

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