Helms & Headgear

This section is for helms, hatbands, caps, eyepatches, ears and anything that can be worn on the head and made out of leather! As always, everything is customisable and the prices are there to give a rough reference guide. The full range of items that The Firebird has produced can be viewed in the Flickr gallery by clicking the link on the main menu to the left of the screen.

“Crown of Gears” Cat Ears

The “Crown of Gears” range covers a range of items with styles pertaining to the Clockpunk/Steampunk aesthetic. So why are cat ears in it? Mostly because I made the first set of these for a ‘Steampunk Catgirl’ character, and the name and range sort of stuck. These ears are made on a circlet band rather than a headband, meaning they are compatible with glasses and goggles – I for one always hate the way headbands dig in behind the ears.

Customisation options include gradient dye work, tooling, jewellery/charms and fur being added on the ears themselves whilst the bands have the option of being plain or hand dyed leather, and can be made as a fixed size or adjustable via eyelets/snaps/buckles.

Each pair of ears is wholly unique and the variety means that they are perfect for anything from LARP to Lolita Fashion.

Price range: £20-40

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Rabbit Ears

These ears are made on a circlet band rather than a headband, meaning they are compatible with glasses and goggles – I for one always hate the way headbands dig in behind the ears.

Customisation options include gradient dye work, tooling, jewellery/charms and fur being added on the ears themselves whilst the bands have the option of being plain or hand dyed leather, and can be made as a fixed size or adjustable via eyelets/snaps/buckles.

Each pair of ears is wholly unique and the variety means that they are perfect for anything from LARP to Lolita Fashion.

Price range: £30-60

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Hedgehog Helm

This was requested for a LARP system that featured Hedgehogs as a playable race. The system is called “Winter in the Willows” and I heartily recommend it!

The helm shown here took approximately 30 hours of work to create, and includes close to 150 individual spines. The photos do not show it finished, however, as it also had a thin line of long fur applied around the exposed edges of the leather cap to look like ‘hair’ poking through the spines. The cap fastens by tying under the chin.

The photos show it with the corresponding bolero, made to give the wearer spines that would poke through a blouse worn over the top. The bolero is not included in the price estimate below.

Customisation options for the hedgehog include hand dyed or plain leather spines of varying length, and a choice of fur colours for the edge.

Price range: £175-250

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