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Vendel Helm with Pressblech: Front View by royaloakarmoury Vendel Helm with Pressblech: Front View by royaloakarmoury
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Vendel Helm with Pressblech: Front Viewby royaloakarmoury

Artisan Crafts / Metal Work©2012-2015 royaloakarmoury
This is a helmet based on surviving Vendel and Valsgärde helmets of the 7th century. Such a helmet would have been part of a splendid panoply of richly decorated arms, armour and fittings worn and used by the highest members of a powerful warrior elite. The helmet is enriched with decorative and figurative pressblech scenes of a mythological nature and is topped by a stylized boar crest, which may have been a talismanic reference to the golden boar of the Germanic war god Freyr.

Our version is based primarily on the Vendel 12 and Valsgärde 8 finds, with overall form and nasal shape following the former and crest, brow and mail based on the latter. Pressblech decoration is closely replicated from existing matrixes, though the order of application is arbitrary.

Despite the delicacy of its decoration, this is a sturdily built helmet made with a skull of 16 gauge and nasal of 14 gauge steel. The abundance of reeded brass trim and brass encased edges adds extra weight and rigidity, as does the layer of tinned copper pressblech plates.

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Given 2013-01-24
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RainMason Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
How are the decorations formed?
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:iconthewildwestpyro:
TheWildWestPyro Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Student Writer
BEAUTIFUL AS WELL! And it reminds me of the Sutton Hoo Helmet.
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SlimyChameleon Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
IM SPARTA -CUS NO! Im SPARTA -CUS NO! im the true SPARTA -CUS
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ToaDJacara Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Wow neat :D
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:iconfishfoood:
fishfoood Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
Wow! Amazing work
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:iconwensworth:
Wensworth Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The detailing on this helm is a sight to behold and the craftsmanship is simply superb. Scoring the daily deviation is a great honour indeed but not enough for your team's toil.

It may be quite a wierd question to ask but do you have a pattern for this so I may try to cobble up my own for medieval re-enacment?
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MooTheRainbow Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
Excellent craftsmanship
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Nezusagi Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
I tip my hat at you sir, this is truly amazing & amazingly detailed as well.
You seem like someone who can help with costumes in movies :D
Congratz on the DD~:heart:
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cathaus Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Reminded me immediately of the helmet discovered at Sutton Hoo.
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:iconroyaloakarmoury:
royaloakarmoury Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
There are many similarities between the Sutton Hoo helmet and the Vendel/Valsgärde helmets, including some identical pressed panels, suggesting intercontinental trade and exchange of ideas.
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LostGryphin Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
wow - amazing detail
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:iconpeinaprentice:
peinaprentice Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Student General Artist
Wait you made this?
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:iconroyaloakarmoury:
royaloakarmoury Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
They didn't give me a DD for my lame photo skills. ;-)
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:iconsephirayne:
Sephirayne Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
Amazing craftsmanship. Love the detail.
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:iconthefishe77:
TheFishE77 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, two DD's in two weeks, now that's some skill!
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SamuelHavel Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
awesome
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Darknimbus3 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
Wow! 0.0 This looks beautiful 0.0
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forbesrobertson Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
awesome craftsmanship! unbelievable.
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:iconbrowncoatmando:
BrowncoatMando Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist
Fantastic work, no idea how you pulled it off
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:iconthejediclone:
TheJediClone Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Student General Artist
Incredible work!!!
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PeteAmachree Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Professional Filmographer
wonderful
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:iconzee-who:
Zee-Who Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist
Congrats on your Daily Deviation!:squee::heart:
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:iconlundsten:
Lundsten Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Fantastiskt!
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:iconjoeltonongkh:
joeltonongkh Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
Splendid craftsmanship indeed. Nice!
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DistantWanderer Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
This looks like it's made out of Aluminum lol.
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:iconroyaloakarmoury:
royaloakarmoury Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah, all that effort using the traditional technique of pressing the plates from copper, then tinning them - and it looks like aluminum. Oh well!
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:icondistantwanderer:
DistantWanderer Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
Can't win them all lol.
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ChristianTsvetanov Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
This is amazing!
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:iconspiderlady:
spiderlady Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
Beautiful!
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:iconlaughingvulcan:
laughingvulcan Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous.

I see something wonderful here every day, it seems!
Fave.

*Bows to your skills*
Be well.

Greg
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on the well deserved DD! :dalove:
Have a nice day! :heart:
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Ragnarok6664 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aye, those are impressive :)
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Illirik Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful. I love the intricacy involved in all of the designs on this stunning helmet. Simply wonderful to know that such skilled armourers still exist out there. How long did this take to craft?
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:iconroyaloakarmoury:
royaloakarmoury Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks, it took three weeks. Much of the time was spent modelling the molds for casting the matrices from which the decorations were pressed. I charged far too little for it.
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:iconillirik:
Illirik Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree with you that you charged too little for it, it really is gorgeous and it sounds like you put a lot of work into it. All I can say is that, if I could afford one, I would be a very proud owner of it :)
I had a look through your gallery and I absolutely love your work! It's stunning and it's quite clear that you love doing it and that you put a lot of effort into it :D
Congratulations on the DD!
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RayvensEye Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013   General Artist
That is awesome I love the detailing on it.
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:iconsylvansmith:
SylvanSmith Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Outstanding craftsmanship.
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:iconroyaloakarmoury:
royaloakarmoury Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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:iconsylvansmith:
SylvanSmith Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You are welcome.
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NightPhoenixArt Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013   General Artist
I have seen the real thing and i have to say i am bloody impressed with your replica. I do not have the words to explain how impressed i am.
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royaloakarmoury Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks, I appreciate it.
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NightPhoenixArt Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013   General Artist
:)
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Caradepato Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
Amazingly beutifull.
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