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Wood elf Helmet by Valimaa Wood elf Helmet by Valimaa
Well...this is my helmet i usually wear when i play wood elf...as wood elf i normally wear loads of armour so obviously i needed a helmet as well ^^

-Its got a 1,2mm steel skull, so that would actually make it a steel helmet...but its not visible so I just posted it in leatherwork :D
-4mm waterformed and gluehardened leather
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lysmagicsalvation Featured By Owner May 10, 2015  Professional General Artist
love
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ajdowntheblock Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014
I would love one of these for my outfit!!! Does anyone do commissions?
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ganbah Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014   Artisan Crafter
I am so inspired of your awsome work. Thanx for sharing. (By the way, what means "gluehardened"? I know the wax-, water, soda and boiling-method, but I have never heard of that.) Anyway. Awsome work. In the drow-version i see a white horse´s-tail instead of the Fabric.
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Valimaa Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014
Thank you...I'm happy you like it ^^

Glue-hardening as I do it is actually quite easy.
I just soak the leather in water with a little soap for a couple of hours, then I let it dry (sometimes with heat...as in baking it a little), then I colour it with a alcohol-based dye. I use a mix of water and wood glue (PVA/white glue) and brush multiple layers on the backside of the leather...and then it gets rock hard.
-In this way of doing it the soap and alcohol are rather important as they remove oils in the leather...the oils are then replaced with the glue.
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ganbah Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014   Artisan Crafter
Sounds interesting. I have to try that. I think with this procedure the leather will become less cracky than in other techniques like boiling, will it? 
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Valimaa Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
yeah..when done right it dosnt crack at all. After some time though, when you've hardened a piece that gets squished and moved, it tends to unharden...then just apply some more glue ^^
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mooglestiltzkin Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
this is really inspiring
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mebhats Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Professional Artist
Great work very nice lines and use of materials 
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battosai1976 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Great work !
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AlphaCitrouille Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
That's really nice, I love this kind of design for elves, unlike the more traditional look, more feminine. Like this, they look true warrior !
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VarikGraythorn Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
I really like everything about this...
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TolkienKnight Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
epic!
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cey-cey Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
great work.
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yzorg Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
to me this is not the look of a common wood elf foot soldier.. rather a high ranked wood elf stealth assassin. or since steel inforced, the Heavy infantry commander of course...
awesome leatherwork!
reminds me to caracters from a book.. forgot the title. was about a dragonryder tribe that wears masks against the hot breath of their beasts.
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Gothic-Lycan Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
It reminds me somewhat of some of the helms in The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind.
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Flacusetarhadel Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I love this piece!
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Scavver Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
This is one of the sexiest helms I have ever seen. Do you do work for other fighters?
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crawler312 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely phenomenal!!!
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Miss-Audaum-Lovet Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
that is really cool!
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LeszekGyver Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
This is truly awesome work. I really like thecrests and the way you've formed shape and edges. I do not know if this is knowledge you'd like to share, but how the hell did you do it :-)? was it shaped on a form (plastic head or something like that?).
Masterpiece...
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bmgillies Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Student Photographer
Beautiful work, simply outstanding!
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gtprisoner8811 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
anyway youd make another one, if id pay you? i do halloween for my aunt and i like to dress real nice for the kids in the neighborhood and this would be amazing to wear
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Psiberdragon Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is amazing...

have you ever thought of making something like this to sell???
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garrybarlow Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW!
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
This is gorgeous and Id wear it as well just to go grocery shopping, daily chores or just by itself with nothing else on :giggle:
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garrybarlow Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You are so talented. Your intelectual quality is supreme.
Yours Truthfully CAHIR1.
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primulatook Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
intriguing!
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Orialas Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
amazing !
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MerrillsLeather Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
ive spent a good amount of time on DA looking around for leather inspiration. and this helm stands out as one of the tops. ive come across. ive only been doing leather work since jan and i know enough to spot something well done. ive just started forming leather and this shows how much more i have to learn. it has a gladiator/ predator feel too it, the burlap threw me off for a second but it works well. the "ponytail" took it that extra step further...
do you use any forms you hammer into or on, or tools. i tried making a basic mask to try and i just couldnt get the ridges to have that much pop...
again thank you for sharing your work and providing the rest of us some inspiration to keep working at it!
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Valimaa Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
Thank you ^^

-Im happy you notice the "predator" in there...cos thats one of the things I was going for ^^
-I usually dont use forms as such...apart from hammering the leather into my coffeecup(cos thats usually close by XD) to get domed shapes...or hammering onto a screwdriver to get ridges...but other than thet I mostly use a ballpoint hammer, a tiny anvil...and my hands :)
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EirewolfCreations Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011
WOW! :wow: This is amazing. I bet you were the best-dressed elf on the field.
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Valimaa Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
thanks ^^

well...I'm usually one of the only elfs with a helmet anyway :D
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Arah019 Featured By Owner May 11, 2011
that is real cool!
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Sylrae Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
How do you get those ridges?

That's something I havent been able to figure out when I work with leather.
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Valimaa Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
hmm...make it wet...fold it...wack it with a hammer :D
-I usually make them kinda like you would in metal...alot of hitting with hammer while it dries :)
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Sylrae Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
How do you harden leather with glue? I've not heard of that method before.

Are you just painting glue overtop?
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Valimaa Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
well...on this one I didnt paint it on the front side since i wanted it to feel and look like leather...instead I only painted it onto the back of the leather.

-I use PVA white glue (the stuff for gluing wood) mix it ca 1/20-ish with water and just paint it onto the back of the leather. U'll get a harder/better result if you before that died the leather with alcohol based die (alcohol desolves the oils and wax in the leather) and if you waterformed it (making it wet with warm soapwater will also remove the oils in the leather)...so the glue will replace the oils in the leather and...well...make it hard ^^
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Sylrae Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
Nevermind me; I see you already explained it.
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Mini-nick Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
this is really cool! lol even if it reminds me of hannibal lector XD
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Valimaa Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
thank you ^^

-though...its really hard to eat ppl with this thing on :P
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Mini-nick Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
rofl, i would expect so :XD:
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MyWorld1 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very cool!
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Zhaanman Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:jawdrop:Thud :jawdrop: That is the sound of me passing out from Ecstasy Overload!! "Dammit Jim!" Such Breath Taking detail and style Brilliant!!
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Valimaa Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
thanks ^^
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jan3ll3 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011
~ooooo (: so primal <3
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GriffinLeather Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011
Very cool.
Glue hardened...as in white glue?
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Valimaa Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011
thanks ^^

-Yeah I just use PVA white glue...the stuff you'd normally use outdoors for wood, diluted 1/20(ish) in water and just painted on the backside in multible layers :)
-I used to try out epoxy for hardening...that works rather well too...but the curing is boringly long...so now I just use the white glue ^^
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GriffinLeather Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011
Got it, like the tanners bond brand. Poly Vinyl Acetate.
I thought you were talking about the animal based glues.

I personally like the polyester resins. A bit tricky to use but very effective.
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Valimaa Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011
ehm...yeah...i think :D
dont know tanners bond...but it sound like what Im using ^^
-Dont like the animal glue Ive tried...mainly cos it stinks ><

-Well for armour-ish stuff I prefer the glue...its inexpensive and fast when you use a heatgun...and it remains flexible eventhough its hard
-The epoxy/resins I've tried the leather became almost too hard...and a bit brittle
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GriffinLeather Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011
Very cool.
Glue hardened? As in white glue?
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