When I posted last about about my Waterloo helmets, they looked like this:
The most obvious omission at that points was the terminals at the tips of the horns. The British Museum claims that the originals were cast in situ, but that sounded awfully risky, so I opted to raise them from sheet and solder them in place. Here are the four of them, after sanding:
After mounting the terminals, only trim remained – and plenty of decorative rivets. Each helmet also had six hatched disks covered in vitreous enamel incorporated into the repoussé designs. This is where the two helmets began to diverge – one got transparent red enamel, so that the fine hatching was still visible through the glass, and the other got opaque red. The helmet with transparent enamel was left in an oxidized state, and the one with opaque enamel was hand-polished.
Here is a comparison of how they turned out:
And close-ups showing the colour and texture contrasts the different choices made. I would be hard-pressed to say which I prefer! How about you? Feel free to leave a comment!
For more photos of the finished helmets, check out the Waterloo helmet portfolio listing.