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Airship Three, detail by merimask Airship Three, detail by merimask
Airship Three! So much fun to make, and I added even more customizations to this one (including brackets made of clock hands and very cool baroque brass angels). This is not a toy and not a Christmas ornament; it is a completely hand built miniature model and priced as such. Available here: [link]

More about this piece:
The ship's hull is made from pieced, sculpted and carved leather, dyed and painted with acrylics in brown, black and gold, sealed (just like my masks) with a clearcoat for durability. Inside; two levels of stained wooden decking. Below, two graceful leather flight fins bolted onto the the hull with brackets made from brass clock hands, to keep the airship on an even keel.

The ship is adorned with real brass fittings, including an anchor on a chain, brass angels on the prow for a figurehead, and a tiny brass ship's wheel at the helm. It also has lovely 3-d sculptural brass floral decorations on the stern. In back; a tiny brass propeller mounted on a copper "housing" and it actually spins (not motorized...just cute!).

I made bronze wire-wrapped lanterns from quartz beads...red rear lanterns and a white "hurricane lantern" hung from the bowsprit. The rear lanterns hang from brass brackets made from clock hands, bolted to the stern.

The ship is suspended from a "helium balloon" made of paper mache, decorated with gears and brass findings, painted cream with gold details and decorated with black baroque 3-d sculptural swirls and crystals. Hand-knotted netting of brown embroidery yarn supports the top and bottom copper gears. The ship is suspended from the bottom gear by five bright brass chains (approximately 5 inches log each) which are attached prettily to the ship by five brass eye bolts firmly screwed into the hull.

The dimensions (in inches):
Ship hull...length: 5", width: 1 & 3/4"
Ship and fins...length: 5", width: 3", height: 5"
Balloon: 4" round
Entire piece including chains: approximately 13", not including the anchor which hangs from a 4" chain

The whole sculpture weighs about 13 ounces. It will come with a gold ribbon for hanging. Although it has tiny delicate parts, the construction is solid with all pieces firmly bolted and cemented. Care needs to be taken with the paper mache ball, though it is sturdy because the ball has a hard plastic core.

This is NOT a toy. There are tiny parts on this piece, and it includes metal gears with sharp pointy edges. It should never be displayed anywhere in reach of children.

This piece took days to build and can never be repeated again. Signed dated and numbered "Airship Three"
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:icondreamingbudgie:
DreamingBudgie Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I want one...
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silverbeam Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
very, very cool. I like to se artist try different things too. this piece came out very nice.
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JusTiniStilborn Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is lovely!
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Nils-Iver Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Adorable little thing!
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SoriasTail Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG I WANT IT! The link isn't working for me Q_Q
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thats what i get for copy pasting my other entry text! thanks for letting me know...I fixed the link. :)
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SoriasTail Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! Really love it, it's beautiful. Hope you make more :clap:
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Treyos Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, you're getting better with every one of these that you make! Fantastic work!
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GM111010love Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
This is very beautiful!!
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matticusprime1 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
This is amazing, and you are amazing for making it
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:iconperpetualxdreams:
PerpetualxDreams Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
That's gorgeous!
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KeypersCove Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
You are amazing!
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bluepaws21 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
omg cool! i know it's not a toy but i would love this for a shoot with my BJD (which is a doll for adults, she is the size of barbie's kelly doll but cost 15x). will you be making these to sell in the future? i'm sure my boyfriend would love it too!
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merimask Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Well, it is the wrong scale for a doll that size...check the dimensions I listed above. It's for sale now. I suppose I will be making more, but each one is different.
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bluepaws21 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
link doesn't seem to be working. and for some reason i'm not could with dimensions on things, all i know is 1/12, 1/6, 1/3 size.
and it is awesome how no two are alike! thanks
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merimask Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh darn, thanks for letting me know...I fixed the link. :)
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:iconthwack-sandwich:
Thwack-Sandwich Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist
All your airships are very beautiful! The ingenuity of your craft is very impressive.
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you...I really love making them. :) They set me to dreaming.
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Thwack-Sandwich Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist
It shows. :)
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ScarletDragon18 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I would love to have one of these decorating my house! So very lovely!
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merimask Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I sold the first one pretty quick, but while it was waiting to be shipped I hung it from my dining room chandelier and it was just SO adorable there. I almost kept it.
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ScarletDragon18 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sure it was tempting! XD
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Dimolicious Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013   Artisan Crafter
That's really cool :D good job, it looks very well made!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! I love making things, but my main genre (leather masks) leads me to be attentive to the durability and functionality of my 3-d art. So I try to build things that will last.
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CraftyFlareon Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:O omg sooo awesome!!!!I wish I could make something like this
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! I always wanted to build model ships...airships are even more fun because there are no rules. :)
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CraftyFlareon Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
not a one lol
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:iconllendowyn:
Llendowyn Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Student Artist
OMG I LOVE IT!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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