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GearWing Mask by merimask GearWing Mask by merimask
Well, here it is. The final evolution (so far... I think...) of the Steampunk Wing motif that's been bouncing aroung in my brain for half a year. The Gearwing mask.
This is a HUGE mask. I mean really big. Flattened, it's over 20 inches from wingtip to wingtip. It wraps right around your whole face and goes right on off the back of your head. Dramatic.

I have to say this mask is REALLY difficult to shape. I wanted the wings to look like blades rather than feathers (I was thinking of a Japanese War Fan when I designed them) and they had to be fairly straight, but angled, and hold their shape. So I shaped the whole mask with water and heat, dipped the wings in dye (which hardens them more) and shaped them again. Let them dry well and dipped them in acrylic sealer (which again, hardens the leather) and shaped them for a third time. Which did the trick, but wow...it's like making the mask three times instead of just once.

It turned out pretty much like I'd hoped it would, though. Very happy with the gears this time. They actually sort of make sense. I had to use face plates too, for design continuity, which seemed okay to me because watches have face plates that hide gearworks. Or the battery.

No, this mask does not come with batteries. ;-)

Like all my masks, this one is carved and shaped entirely by hand with no molds or forms from one piece of 8oz leather. It's painted with colorfast Liquitex acrylics in brown with copper, gold and brass cogs, black wings with silver spokes. Available ONLY in my online Etsy shop, this is "GearWing #1" [link]
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Fa2al Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
hoohooo,.
I love It, (y)
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accebere Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
Very similar to the mask in my dream...
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Chihero2093 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Seriously! How do you make these masks?! Where did you learn how to make them?
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Booyfeep Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
that is just awesome
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milirin Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh god! this is beautiful!
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LightFoot-the-wind Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Student General Artist
wow love it :)
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Dn04 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011
beautiful
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jackalphoenix Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Makes me think a Steampunk Valkyrie should wear it.
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kedad Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011
I'm planning my masquerade party as I type... beautifully BEAUTIFULLY done!!!
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HappyLass62 Featured By Owner May 12, 2011
Amazing work :)
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cattledogluvr Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
Would you mind if I based a character off of this mask? It gave me a really cool idea for one.
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dash-of-mystery Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011   General Artist
I've always liked blue and brown together. They compliment each other pretty well. You're right, this is very dramatic and I love it.
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DyavolDesigns696 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd like to see someone make a real metal mask based off this, with actual gears, and dulled blades for the wings... would be rather interesting to see, in my opinion. All the same, very nice.
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stargirlphotography Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Student Photographer
oh my gosh I want this mask so much XD it's AMAZING well done hun - your patience and perserverance were deffinately worth it :nod:
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tobi-2012 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Student General Artist
Oh mah gawd!!!!! Absolutely gorgeous!!!!!!!!!
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firefoxessmoon Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Student General Artist
I. Love. This. One! :D :heart:
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Copper3Wolf11 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011
Very creative!!I like this one a lot :)
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Nagrul Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011
Oh god.. One of the few that screams at me and I wish so badly that I could afford it!
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a-elly Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It`s so cool that I forget where is "fav" button for a moment. Thanks god, found it! =)))
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Nhiyoka Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011
Made of pure awesomeness! ^_^
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moonfrogflying Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I love this mask, very cool with the blades and gears! Well done!!!
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foxangelchan Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
Marvelous. This is a very unique design, and the faceplates, rather than seeming like laziness or a cop-out sort of thing, instead unify the design, carrying over the gold and metallic into the body of the piece. This is important because the brown is quite necessary to the nature of the design. If it were all in gold and brass, the metallic colors would be overwhelming, in my opinion. The gears and metal pieces in each feather pretend functionality quite nicely. The black stands out crisply against the brighter metallic colors and lend it a somber/seriousness which counteracts the "silliness" often associated with steampunk concepts. (I don't ascribe to that notion, but I know people who do.)

All in all, a gorgeous piece. It might be interesting to see a companion piece fashioned with a similar but not exact silhouette. Say as marriage pieces or something similar.
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merimask Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) Yes, I needed to add those faceplates because after the intricate "busy"-looking wing designs, the bare empty leather in the center looked stark. The shape of the plates was whimsical (I just basically tried to fil the space with something that fit & looked plausible) but I was happy with the result.

I'm working on two more. I think I'll see if I can get the wing blades to be even straighter...the first mask was slightly less than perfect (but that's what the first one is for...figuring things out).
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ArtbyMaryC Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
you have outdone yourself, woman! Freaking awesome work here :)
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Agorphia Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks so amazing. It's cool to see something so different from your usual stuff!
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Nils-Iver Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
i cant find this one anywhere for sale on Etsy :c
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sailortitan Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's gorgeous! You've really outdone yourself this time. Was it vaguely inspired by Baten Kaitos at all?
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dragona742 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:clap: chapeau!
The idea is really nice, the way you worked it out is great! You succeeded on the wings very well, my compliments about that. I like your steam-punk style very much, it is very original.

Keep up the awesome artwork!
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picpic-tewlikitpe Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
This is such a lovely piece. I like seeing the progression as you make different versions of the motif. It came out gorgeously.

It sounds like a lot of work! I applaud you on all that. :D
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NiniriAZ Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
That's stunning. The wings looking like blades also goes well with the steampunk theme of the mask's design. I saw them, and thought of a war-fan as well!
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kjtgp1 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
amazing!
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W0lfxer0 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I think I might faint because that's so amazing.
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MGMags Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
That is really awesome! :D
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saturnosring Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The best steampunk mask i've ever seen!!! ^^
I love it :3
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The-Bails Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
this is FANTASTIC!!!
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Angelic-Artisan Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh what a handsome victorious spread of wings you've evolved this too! This is just so pretty and epic.
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merimask Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) It was almost an overreach of what could be done with the medium, to be honest. Any bigger and the wings would have gone floppy.
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Angelic-Artisan Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm constructing a greenman mask now that has a bit of flaring leaves to it so I have a feeling I will be facing this design challenge myself! Weee the fun of experimentation :D
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InsanitysQueen Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011   Writer
Wonderful, really beautiful
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merimask Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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smokewithoutmirrors Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
Holy crapsticks, this is gorgeous! O.O It looks like some avenging steampunk angel, and the blade-wings are wonderful; it makes it look both elegant and somewhat dangerous at the same time.

This is definitely going on my :+fav:-list. :D
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merimask Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
LOL thank you! :-) My husband says it reminds him of what Native American warriors would have been wearing today if the new world had been colonized by Swiss watchmakers. He's funny like that.
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smokewithoutmirrors Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
You're welcome. :D And you can tell your husband that his Swiss watchmakers-idea is pretty interesting, and I might just have to filch it and store it away as a future story-idea. :XD:
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Dragons-Heart Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Student General Artist
Of course I love it. Its great.
It always the most satisfying when something that was a pain to make or you had trouble with turns out great. It challenges your abilities and you are able to prove yourself. :)
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merimask Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much. :-) Very true!
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Dragons-Heart Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Student General Artist
Of course, your very welcome.
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SibyllaStGermain Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
Outstanding! My hubby just got a new job...maybe I can own one of these gorgeous works of art someday! ;)
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merimask Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you...glad you like it. :-)
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potatoEclair Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011
This is so cool!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much. :-)
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