So I wear a forty-odd year old helmet. A conker could crack it open. Earlier today I was horrified to see that one end of the chin strap was held on by about 3 mm of thinned out leather. I snapped it with two fingers…………..Repair time.
Sewed up a mighty fine replacement using the old soft leather original as padding on the inside and so retaining most of the character. Found a perfectly dimensioned length of US Army nomex webbing , stitched that to original strap , used part of the old strap for a retaining loop which I secured with an alloy rivet then stitched strap to side flap of helmet. It’s super-tough now and I think the modern material contrasts amazingly with the patina’d leather. So glad I managed to keep the two original securing snappers as they are real nice in brass.
I wish I would have thought to get detailed shots of the damage before I started. The only reason I had the top photo was for reference on how it worked initially as my memory is Frank Zappa’d.
The second shot from the top , of the skull detail , is straight from my I-phone 4. I messed about shielding natural light until it was quite shaded , almost dark but the flash kept kicking in. I then used some translucent dark perspex and it filtered just enough light to brighten the subject enough so the pesky flash wouldn’t fire. No photoshop business. Worth mentioning that I had the flash cancelled but Mr. I-phone thinks he knows best……….not