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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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