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26th-Dec-2012 09:12 pm - First painting
Going to do a second coat on the silver, as it lifts if I try and do it now. But I think it's looking decent. Roll on 12th Night!

20th-Dec-2012 10:21 pm - Helm
Tonight I finished the helm, is so far as casting it. Now I wait for it to dry, then paint it silver and gold.

15th-Dec-2012 09:45 pm(no subject)
The pre-moulded pieces were a bad idea. Did not fit. So threw them out and made new ones. These are the results.


Added an extra cap after these were taken. Still to do:

Cross bands on top, cast plaques all over, nose piece.
9th-Dec-2012 07:40 pm - Sticky fingers!
I had left the helm a while to give the cross sections a good chance to dry as they'll be supporting so much. Tonight I added the brow band and some other sections though which makes it look far more like a helm and not some weird bandage aid. Also decided that the top section doesn't come down his neck far enough and added some bands on there too. There are prayers winging their way to whatever deity cares to listen that they will all hold. That nothing will break and that the next stage goes well.


I have also decided that the helm is staying on HrolfR to be presented.
Mostly to save my sanity about worrying if we can get it off or not! 
6th-Dec-2012 09:15 pm - No sugar, just silicone!
My brass helm plaques arrived today, so rather than play with sugar this evening I decided to mould these instead. The sugar can have more time to dry. Quite pleased with the results!

5th-Dec-2012 08:04 pm(no subject)
Due to the disaster I have decided to give my pieces and me as much time as possible. Which has resulted in frenetic making this evening. Face plate, side guards and back have all been done. I knew the issue with this project was going to be the shaping, hence HrolfR. I also invested in some polystyrene shapes, eggs and a sphere. And then there is salt douhg, which is proving invaluable to help me get the angles. Pics!

IMG-20121205-00915Salt dough beneath the foil to refine contours.
IMG-20121205-00916The finished head shape, which is perhaps still a little oblique.
IMG-20121205-00917With sugar-plate in place. Alien!
IMG-20121205-00918The bend on the back of the neck guard was the hardest to work out how to do.
IMG-20121205-00919Chin guards are flat on most of the recplicas and original, so I took the easy option!
5th-Dec-2012 09:45 am(no subject)
Last night HrolfR met with an accident of the gravitational kind. All work was undone. Shattered. I sulk.

This morning he has had four weights added to his neck and will be moved off the dining table where the husband has access.
If it were not our wedding anniversary I might be hunting a new husband too. :)
4th-Dec-2012 11:24 am - Problems!
As expected when I work with sugar I over estimate what it'll do. consequently doing the band around the head in one piece is a no-no and I've ended up doing the cross head straps first. Tomorrow I'll put HrolfR on his side and do one side band, the day after the other to give them time to dry. 

IMG-20121204-00902 (1) Head smoothed down somewhat, so you can see the contours of his face.

IMG-20121204-00903Cross bars in place, with the front one extending down his nose to help cope with the face plate.
4th-Dec-2012 09:50 am - Today, the helm begins.
So, I went and brought HrolfR from the local slave market and he has been duly treated to a new mind control shield in order to protect my sugar from the... I mean protect him from the aliens.


I will be building the framework of the helm first, so strips across his head followed by a circlet around to give it strength. The four dome pieces will then go over this before the face, cheek and back plate go on. And then they'll all be decorated with celtic knotwork.

Sounds easy! Expecting it not to be.
2nd-Dec-2012 09:34 am - Getting crafty.
So, there's the 30 day challenge on FB which I have so far failed to do. I said I was going to do calligraphy but I'm just having far too much pottery painting to pick up a pen instead.

And there's another project I want to work on for Coronation that certain people on my FB list should not see until it's presented to them. I've been playing around with sugar plate ideas in my head and have decided to try and create a full sizes spanglehelm out of sugar to present to ThorvaldR and Tofa.
So I will post it's progress and/or failures here.

So far I've raided the armour archive for a pattern, have various polysterene shapes to help me mould, have ordered some anglo-saxon armour brasses to take moulds from and.. Yeah. I'm serious about this.

Meanwhile, here's a picture of the tankard I've painted for Paul to give at the same occasion. :)

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