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]