I too hate reading the updates in Minecraft Wiki, it is so complicated. That is why I created this post for you!
How to craft Minecraft Armor Recipe:
Imagine this is a leather/any components that is used for making armor ---->
Materials used to craft the armor:
Leather for Leather armor
Iron ingot for Iron armor
Gold ingot for Gold armor
Diamond for Diamond armor
Fire for Chain Armor
Imagine this is empty --->
Now to craft it you need to go to a Crafting Table and do this:Helmet:
For clearer way watch this picture:
Sorry, But I got a problem with the photos!
First off, let us start on the leather armor. The leather armor is the basic armor/the weakest armor in minecraft, even though it is weak it has special things. The defense point of the leather in full armor is 29.2% so small right! The thing that is special about this armor is that you can color it with all you with the use of dyes. Here is an example.
Sorry for the images, anyway this armor is the only armor which can be dyed!
Secondly the iron armor has about 62.5% defense when in complete set. It can not be dyed. You will look like an iron golem small version if you are wearing this type of armor.
Thirdly the GOLD armor the other weak ones is a good looking armor, but it will easily get destroyed. Not the best armor ever. it has 45.8% defense when in complete set. Even though it shimmers it actually sucks! Trust me, I already tried!
Fourthly the DIAMOND ARMOR, the strongest and the hardest one to be found! it has 83.3% defense when worn completely! It makes you shimmer, and the best armor ever. Can not be dyed like leather armor.
Fifthly the chain armor is the hardest to be found. It used to be crafted with fire, it is impossible to get one unless you are having TMI (Too Many Items Mod) It gives you 50% defense if worn completely.
I vary them from the easiest material to be found to the hardest material to be found.
As I said, when you wore the complete set you get this type of defense points. But some of the armor like the boots has a 50% defense points. I forgot what boots it was.
Where to get the materials for crafting?
Leather can be obtained by killing cows.
Iron ingots can be obtained by smelting iron ore in the furnace.
Gold ingots can be obtained by smelting iron ore in the furnace.
Diamonds can be obtained directly by mining diamond ore.
Sorry for creating this post, I thought it would be helpful!