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« on: October 29, 2011 07:19:35 PM »

After the Scaramouche masks I did in the previous topic I decided to try my hand at more conventional techniques.  As I had a couple of face forms left over from making papier-mache masks I decided to see what I could do with those using leather.  This first one was done on a Native American form that I got at Tandy about 15 years ago.
The leather (oil tanned chaps leather) was cut to a basic shape on the form and then soaked in hot water until soft and shaped by hand.  The pronounced ridges had to be more or less held in place until the leather cooled enough to hold it's shape.  After drying, the spikes were cut with a leather skiving knife.  The cord is skived thin and attached with shoemakers glue through holes punched in the sides.  It is sealed with shellac to provide moisture resistance and although not shown in the photos, was finally lined with doeskin for comfort.


Next is one that is based on one of the most common of all masks, the Domino.  This one is done on a standard female face form that is available at most craft shops.  The shape is commonly called a "cat mask."  Rather than stick with the usual style I turned the points of the mask down for a different look.


In order to make this one a little different I did some light tooling on it while the leather was wet, before shaping.  It's painted with acrylic and sealed with shellac.  I haven't decided if I'm going to go with a leather strap on this one or with ribbon.  I'm thinking about lining it with purple velvet.


Lastly, I have a piece that was a total experiment.  I originally wanted to try and come up with a leather based version of papier-mache but was having no luck devising a suitable compound,  Since I had a lot of small pieces of leather skivved off of various chunks of scrap tooling leather I started playing around with layering them for different effects. Using shoemakers glue and the long angled pieces I found I could get what looked a lot like feathers.


After finishing the assembly and sealing the whole thing with shellac you can see that it took on more of a wood like appearance.  This piece has since been finished with a leather ribbon-style strap and doeskin lining.  Unlike the other masks this one was assembled with the leather dry other than a liberal application of the shoemakers glue which tended to saturate the thin pieces.  This makes for a very sturdy piece.  the shellac sealer gives a high sheen and water resistance.
The color is a little darker than it appears in the photos.  More like a light maple syrup.

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« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2011 07:44:59 PM »

Very cool masks.  Love the look of the third one, very cool looking.

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« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2011 11:26:18 AM »

Hey Myr! I'm loving your masks and still can't wait to see your shoes! The feather one is my favorite as well. Hope you are well and I'll see you on PP soon!

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