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Copper Gold Medusa One...2010 by merimask Copper Gold Medusa One...2010 by merimask
I haven't made a Medusa in a few years, so when I got a commission for one, it was a bit daunting. Naturally, because I do everything the complicated way, I elected to make two at the same time and give her a choice of which she liked best. That way, if I screwed up in my rustiness, at least one of them was bound to be okay. Instead, they both turned out cool. :-)

As ever, this mask is cut from one piece of 8oz leather, hand carved and sculpted with no mold or form. It's wet shaped and heat hardened, and painted with Liquitex acrylics. The snakes' eyes are 4mm malachite beads, sewn to black suede scraps by hand and cemented in place individually...it takes forever!

One of the Medusas will be listed in my Etsy shop tomorrow (8-02-2010) [link] Act fast if you want her because I don't make this design but once in a great while!
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:iconyo-clu:
yo-CLU Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Genial.
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Sadirakitty Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
you are so talented
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gesinda Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
really beautiful!!
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dylanasena Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I this mask amazing!!! Is there any way you can upload the template and a quick tutorial? I'd love to try make one!!!
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Pani-Jeziora Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
its really amazing piece of work, do you mind if one day i use it in one of my pictures?
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dragona742 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Shaping is great, and the blue-ish colour from the eyes eyes of the snakes are chosen well. Scales are formed nice too. Nice job!
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:iconcelestiallight:
CelestialLight Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
This is amazing!
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:iconthe-bails:
The-Bails Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
gorgeous detail!! i love the color choice!
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KittieShade Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
hahahaa, I just watched Clash of the titans not too long ago!! Medusa has always been a favourite story lol. I love how you did the snakes! Flippin amazing ^0^
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silverbeam Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
OO I love how creative the design is.
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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:iconsilverbeam:
silverbeam Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
you bet Meri!
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BOOGIETRIPP Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
If I could Id buy it right up! Your masks are the best. :heart:
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much! ^_^
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:iconagorphia:
Agorphia Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
These masks are so impressive! I love the scales around the eye holes.
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) Haven't done it in so long...I was afraid I'd forgotten how to do this design.
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Arahiriel Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Professional General Artist
That is just gorgeous!!! The snakes eyes are fascinating and engrossing! Very beautiful!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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draconis-regena Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
This is gorgeous. Absolutely excuisite. One day....I'm going to commission you.
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) I'd love to make something for you!
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Bleed4Love Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010
This is cool! I love the teal eyes on the snakes. Incrediable!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) They're actually malachite which is supposed to be more green, but these stones tended towards the blueish end...more like pine green I guess.
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Bleed4Love Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010
You're welcome. They are pretty either ways. I like the name malachite. :D
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:iconnovalyyn:
Novalyyn Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010  Student General Artist
...wow.
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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:iconnightbow:
Nightbow Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
The snakes are beautiful! So life-like with the beautiful malachite eyes :) I'm sure your customer is more than thrilled!!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much...glad you like her. :-)
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:iconrevity:
Revity Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010
beautiful!!!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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:iconrikku300:
rikku300 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:wow: totally awesome :D
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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:iconrikku300:
rikku300 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome :)
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K-einess Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010
This is amazing! From the colors to the beauty of the design flow...its so nice. I love the scales over the eyes, and the fluid motion of the snakes really make them come to life.
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merimask Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much. I think this mask works because of the details, which take a load of time but still...worth the effort.
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PuppyAkamaru Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
i think this is your best mask yet
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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NiniriAZ Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010
That is....wow....the scales and the snakes are just magnificent. And the colouring is so subtle that it does look like a real, living thing. The turquoise-like eyes are a beautiful contrast as well! And with all that intricacy, I can certainly understand why these are a once-in-a-blue-moon item.
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! Yes, it's a huge undertaking to make one of these (let alone two!) but always rewarding if I get them right.
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pilgrimagedesign Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010
Truly amazing, as usual. :)
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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Treyos Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, so you just make her choose between "I love it" and "I love it!" ;P You're so cruel!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
LOL! She ended up liking this one best. :-) I just thought it'd be sad if she saw me list one that she ended up liking better, so I gave her first dibs.
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Treyos Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Very thoughtful of you! (Plus, this way it's her own fault if she decides the other one's better. ;P )
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Sinderfox2196 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010
Wow, amazing job! ^^
This is very different in design from what you usually make, the little snakes are cute too! :D
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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Sinderfox2196 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
your welcome ^^
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ArshnessDreaming Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Wow.....
..... WOW........
......................W...O...W O_____O
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That.... is just amazing.
I mean I really can't stop staring... which is probably bad since its a Medusa... o_O
You have seriously done a beautiful thing here! The snakes are so... alive! and I just know they would move a little with a person's natural movements. The eyes! The shape of the snake heads! And then the area around the eyeholes is just soooo snakey and .... I am thoroughly in awe of this one.
I Mean I love your masks generally but this one is just... fantastic!
Beautiful!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much. :-) I'm glad you like her.
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ArshnessDreaming Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I went and looked at the other one and I think if I'd seen it first I'd have been more wow'd but this one is definitely the pick of the litter o_O This one is like.... wow. Just wow.
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PandoraofBrushia Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
This is a beautiful mask!
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