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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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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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PurlyZig Featured By Owner May 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
featured in my blog: [link]
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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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mikartmilo Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010
That is just a lovely thing, very clever concept.
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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 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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carouselfan Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
WOW! That is so COOL!!!
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merimask Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
:-) Thank you!
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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 2, 2009  Professional Photographer
MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE...not that it's easy to pick, but...WOW!!
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Ok...how do we talk about a Custom Request (seriously)?
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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 3, 2009  Professional Photographer
Doing it as we speak...Thanks!
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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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ZeroAnhell Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009
nice mask
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merimask Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :-)
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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 Sep 7, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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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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merimask Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much. :-)
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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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merimask Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much. :-)
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Girl-q Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009
I love them! The colors are so vibrant.
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merimask Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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NsyncFan1997 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009
Very, very cool!
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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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merimask Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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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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ozikArch Featured By Owner May 22, 2009
how you made it? by manually or..?? its cool..
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PunkAngel892 Featured By Owner May 22, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is gorgeous. I love the oriental touch 2 it. Is there by any chance somebody could make it out of (construction) paper?
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FelineElement Featured By Owner May 22, 2009  Professional Photographer
man I would love to have that ^^
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Roaring-Flame-Cat Featured By Owner May 22, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
That is amazing... 'Nuff said.
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Raseleanne Featured By Owner May 22, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow, this is absolutely gorgeous. I love how you took a piece of natural material and turned it into something so extraordinary. I most definitely will have to get something from your etsy someday~
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fantasyreverie Featured By Owner May 22, 2009
This is very amazing. So are the rest of your masks and other work!
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NiniriAZ Featured By Owner May 22, 2009
Simply gorgeous. This piece looks like a traditional Japanese tattoo come to life, and at first I thought it might be a design for such a thing, but I was quite surprised to see it was actually an elegant mask! Bravo!
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Charis Featured By Owner May 22, 2009
Look at you, with your fancy daily deviation! Congratulations!
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RubinGeist Featured By Owner May 22, 2009
I love it! The details are amazing and the colors go so well together :D
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tobi-2012 Featured By Owner May 22, 2009  Student General Artist
Wow! This is so cool! This is so very amazing! Nice job!
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Arionex Featured By Owner May 22, 2009  Student Writer
Congrats on your DD, I really love this piece, besides Betta are my :+fav: Fish.
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Arionex Featured By Owner May 22, 2009  Student Writer
Congrats on your DD, I really love this piece, besides Betta are my :+fav: Fish.
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SkyeTrinity Featured By Owner May 22, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Congrats! I was so excited to see you on the Daily Deviations page. :iconcheerplz:
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dananew1 Featured By Owner May 22, 2009   Traditional Artist
Oh snap! Congrats on the DD, dear! <3 You totally deserve it, 'cuz your masks are A-May-Zing. <3
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theamishpiscodemon Featured By Owner May 22, 2009
Very cool mask mate, very cool. The design itself is amazing and the execution is beautiful. Great work.;)
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krishnachandranu Featured By Owner May 22, 2009
wow!! :omg:
really nice!! :)

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CONGRATS!!! :clap:
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The0Obsidian0Blade Featured By Owner May 22, 2009   Photographer
I like the mask. It is awesome and good work on it
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eilu1183 Featured By Owner May 22, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The flow, the vibrancy, the colors... WOW. Just WOW.
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admiral-squee Featured By Owner May 22, 2009
This flows so beautifully, the colors are nice and vibrant, and, to top it all of, you can wear it on your face. Epic.
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wineglass Featured By Owner May 22, 2009   Interface Designer
So beautiful.
Want to touch.
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