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Gold Cherry Blossom Mask by merimask Gold Cherry Blossom Mask by merimask
Based on Japanese sakura motifs, I made this my own creation by using a unique technique of leather sculpting that I have pioneered (because I'm self taught and I didn't know what the heck I was doing!).

The mask is carved out of 8oz leather, three times the thickness of most Venetian-style leather masks. This allows me to carve the leather deeply, but requires me to shape the entire sculpture by hand with no use of molds or armatures.

I painted it with a variety of acrylic stains that are both waterproof and colorfast. I like to mix my own colors. I also do not use an airbrush...that's all done by hand.

Many of these pieces are available for sale on my Etsy site; [link]
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Opal-Dreams Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009
Fabulous! I love it!
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Kimhawk22 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009
wow i love this one and the ones with the koi fish also they are beautiful i wish i could do this.
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PaulineFrench Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello =) I was just passing by, and wanted to say that this is absolutely beautiful!
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merimask Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for stopping by, & I'm glad you like it. :-)
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