The Iron Hat
Arguably my most ambitious individual element to date, this was my first time raising a helmet from a flat sheet. After fine tuning the shapes of both the top and the brim and riveting them together, I made a brow band and a band around the brim in steel. When I blackened the hat, these were left bright for contrast. I also fabricated and attached a bracket with an adjustable nasal guard, this feature is common on most surviving examples of this type of helmet as well as the European zischägge (a lobster-tail pot helmet). With the bracket and adjustable nasal guard completed, I then riveted in a padded helmet liner which I had purchased; sadly textile work is not one of my skills.