How to Build a Spangenhelm

by Ron McWilliams
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Check spangenhelm fit

Check spangenhelm fit

Check the fit on all pieces before taking the bolts out. Note burrs on nasal piece. All pieces should be finished at this last fitting.

Check spangenhelm

Check spangenhelm

Check all pieces before riveting. All sanding and buffing should be finished before final assembly.

Peen spangenhelm rivets

Peen spangenhelm rivets

Peen rivets fron the inside, use the anvil or a flat piece of steel to support the rivets on the other side. Take care not to scratch up your helm by padding around the anvil. One slight bump and a scratch and ding will magically appear.

Pound spangenhelm rivets

Pound spangenhelm rivets

Pounding the top rivets from the outside, using a non-marring piece of brass.

Rustproof spangenhelm

Rustproof spangenhelm

Treating the inside to protect against rust.

Spangenhelm almost done

Spangenhelm almost done

Helmet completed, and ready to have the leather suspension liner added. The leather liner is made of up 1 long band for the brow and 8 shorter pieces which extend up from it into the crown of the helm. The leather liner pieces are made up of 2″ wide leather x .125″ thick.

Spangenhelm straps

Spangenhelm straps

Attach 4 of the short leather straps to the inside of the helm in an “X” pattern (the main liner will fill in the front and center sides in a “+” pattern). Temporarily attach the 4 remaining short pieces to the leather brow band at the front, back, and side positions, and check the alignment with the desired end result (next picture).

Align spangenhelm straps

Align spangenhelm straps

Once aligned with the 4 short leathers already attached, attach the leather brow suspension and it’s short pieces to the steel helm band with long rivets. Using leather boot thong, lace through the holes in the short straps as shown. This will allow some adjustment of the height at which the helm will ride.

Spangenhelm finished

Spangenhelm finished

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  1. Michael Ashe November 17, 2013 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the article, great tutorial. I am wondering about peices 8,9 and 10? The back and cheeks, no guidance on them. Do I need to look at another article somewhere?
    Thanks!

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