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Fighting Bettas...leather mask by merimask Fighting Bettas...leather mask by merimask
I am so very happy with this mask! It was inspired by so many things (I wrote all about it in my LiveJournal...which you can find here: [link] )

Basically it's a depiction of two crown tail bettas (fighting fish) all swirling together. Made entirely of leather, like all my masks.

You can see this mask and many others at my online Etsy shop...[link]
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Given 2009-05-22
Fighting Bettas...leather mask by *merimask. The suggester said that "The concept of this leather mask is very neat, but the execution just blows it away, especially with the fine, fluid lines and the little curls on the tail. I like how it just wraps around the eyeholes like that." Also suggested by ~Zyleeth and *EnigmaticEmpress. ( Suggested by Windy-Willows and Featured by Kitten-of-Woe )
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tigerpurple Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Professional
cool
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ilikeeatingcatnipi Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
this is beautiful the bettas look very shiny they are beutiful fish do u keep them?
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ferdosje Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
WAAAUUWWW HOW MUTCH!!!?? I WANA BUY THISSS!!!!!!!!
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nekrosith Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice B-)
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firetresses Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
that's a gorgeous mask. love it!
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zinnia-oberski Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Impressed!
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TheMidwestJess Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011
This would be a perfect mask for a zutara shipper. :)
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Cannibalope Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Marvelous. Nice paint!
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Chargal4 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
Gorgeous, just gorgeous.
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Laphroaigh Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
Awesome!
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Bodypaintingbycatdot Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011   Artist
gorgeous
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merimask Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I've been at it about 18 years now. ^_^
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Fie-kun Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011   Digital Artist
damn, all your masks are just so beautiful! Out of curiosity, how long have you been making leather masks?
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AyeeYahya Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010
seriously, this is manisfestation of DIVINITY. Kudos to merimask for always challenging the limit. I just couldn't imagine the intricacy of the details and all, and the TIME spent on this. UBER-AWESOME ;)
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Namingway Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
Oooo. I've done two betta masks and a koi mask, but this is an approach I hadn't considered. Beautiful! And I used to have a betta in just those colors!
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merimask Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) This is 8oz Veg tanned tooling leather. On my front page under the blue cat, you'll see links to videos & tutorials showing my technique.
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merimask Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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slarson802 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010
wow, this is absolutely beautiful! How thick is the leather your are making this with? I have 4 crowntail bettas :] i would buy this in a heartbeat if I had extra moneys.
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Chickenonabicycle Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I do not know much about masks, but I'd say this is a masterpiece in my novice opinion ^^
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merimask Featured By Owner May 28, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!

Just heat & water...not in that order. Check my tutorial link on my front page, under the blue cat...
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CaptainSeawolf Featured By Owner May 27, 2010   General Artist
This is absolutely STUNNING! The detail the colors. WOW! I am so amazed! I wish I could stuff like this! How do you stiffen the leather? That evades me every time I try to make a leather mask.....
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merimask Featured By Owner May 10, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much for the feature...it's beautiful! :-)
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PurlyZig Featured By Owner May 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
featured in my blog: [link]
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mikartmilo Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010
That is just a lovely thing, very clever concept.
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merimask Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
One of my faves too! Thank you. I'm working on a new color pair...one red & one blue fish.
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btpdesign Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010
This is absolutely stunning!!! one of my favs
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merimask Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
:-) Thank you!
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carouselfan Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
WOW! That is so COOL!!!
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xXGreenZebraGoreXx Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow. Gorgeous.
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Eye-In-Vision Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009  Professional Photographer
Doing it as we speak...Thanks!
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merimask Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hee...thank you!

Well, just follow the link in my sig (down there) to my Etsy shop. All sales are conducted there. Create an account (takes seconds & is free) & contact me at my shop, & we'll go from there. :-)
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Eye-In-Vision Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009  Professional Photographer
MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE...not that it's easy to pick, but...WOW!!
:faint:

Ok...how do we talk about a Custom Request (seriously)?
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MichaelDesigns Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I think that this mask is worth whatever price you ever wanted to put on it. If it doesn't make it's way into an American movie, it should certainly be the center for some symbolic martial arts movie. The Crowntail King of Siam's sacred mask or something. =D
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mimiloverwomen Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009  Professional General Artist
brutal
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merimask Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :-)
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ZeroAnhell Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009
nice mask
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merimask Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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sunseescaryface Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009
i LOVE this mask.
the red and the blue go so well together.
such a good combination :dance:
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merimask Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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merimask Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much. :-)
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merimask Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much. :-)
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RookinherRookery Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009
That is remarkable. I love masks, I collect them, I look at a lot of masks is I guess what I'm babbling around - and that's still remarkable.
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black-angel1992 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009
Love it ! the colors a perfect. (love those fish) =D
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Girl-q Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009
I love them! The colors are so vibrant.
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NsyncFan1997 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009
Very, very cool!
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merimask Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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ClampMe Featured By Owner May 31, 2009
ok I'm dead. this mask is TOTALY ausum how do you manage somthing this hard, so well?
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zirio Featured By Owner May 30, 2009
Your masks are nothing short of amazing, looking at them is really stunning.You do amazing work with the medium, they're beautiful.
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NightsongWS Featured By Owner May 23, 2009   Digital Artist
That is an absolutely beautifully crafted mask! It's about conflict, but also so much about balance, too.
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Evessa Featured By Owner May 22, 2009
Incredibly unique :) Congrats on the DD!
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