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Fairy Cat Mask 1 by merimask Fairy Cat Mask 1 by merimask
This was a special version of my "beaded cat" series.  Since I used real butterfly wings along with the beads I decided to call it a "fairy cat".  I know.  It's not really a fairy cat, but it sounded better than butterfly cat or whatever.  :)

I found the wings on Etsy.  Actually they came as a sheet of laminated assorted wings, and I cut them out, punched holes, created twisted wire bails for each one...it was fun! 

Before anyone gets upset with me (because I've been around this block a few times and I know how it goes) the supplier assures me that the wings are "collected" and not "harvested".  It seems your butterfly conservatories and zoos etc run a lucrative business of selling the wings of their expired exhibit butterflies, who died naturally of old age.  Which I think is pretty cool, actually. 

The mask, however, is (as ever) made of leather, which did in fact require a cow death.  So there's that bit of guilt I have to bear (actually in the USA all hides are a byproduct of our crazy-huge meat industry so, I'm not taking the fall for this one either.  *points at McDonalds*).

This was a special piece created for an art auction and it of course was a big hit, and sold right away.   I'm thinking of making more in this vein, though.  I have a LOT of those wings. 

My Etsy shop: www.etsy.com/shop/merimask
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Noneko-Kite Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014
It was actually the name of this one that attracted me. It made me think there was some sort of association with an old fairytale. I love things like that. I love the design of this cat, though- the subtle purple lining, the gold earrings, and of course the butterfly wings all make it seem like something very mystical. 
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anglrios Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
beautiful work 
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Hawkheart29 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So cool!
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EirewolfCreations Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
So lovely!  I particularly like the iridescent purple accents... and your pointing at McDonalds as the culpable party for the cow death.  :D  (So far I haven't had to deal with much hate from PETA folks, but I'm sure I will.)
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MiyukiWolf Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
wow this is very beautiful very well done ^^ nice job I have a guestion you can make a masc to order??? ^___^ 
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merimask Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!  Yep!  Just contact me at my shop link up there...
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MiyukiWolf Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
oh, :) ok [EXO] Baekhyun ''Nobody liked my joke'' Emoticon 
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FeatherEyed Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I love the theme of this mask.
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merimask Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!  :)
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