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Golden Oni by merimask Golden Oni by merimask
This is my representation of an oni mask. An oni is a sort of demon-like creature in Japanese mythology.

Like all my pieces, this mask is carved out of several pieces 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 usually, but the bright gold that Liquitex makes was pefect for this design. I also do not use an airbrush...that's all done by hand.

This particular mask is appearing onstage in Japan, from October through mid-December of 2008. It is featured as part of the Muscle Musical "Magicarade" performance.

Many of these pieces are available for sale on my Etsy site; [link]
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whiteANDorange Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
interesting
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RaChoTamer Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Man that looks so nice... ^^
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merimask Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :-)
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bowlingforsouprock Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
woah!
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! This is a really different mask for me but I was happy with it. ^_^
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bowlingforsouprock Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah its really cool!
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Otseis-Ragnarok Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008
The drawn-on nose seems a bit strange for the piece. Isn't it supposed to be a non-human creature? Such a human element is a little unsettling on this.
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merimask Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
True. It was meant to be monstrous though. A sinister character on stage...I wanted less of the actor's face to show & I also wanted to exaggerate the contours of the face, so a wide scary nose was needed.
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Otseis-Ragnarok Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2008
I suppose, but it's still a little odd.
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