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Half Dragon Masks, pair by merimask Half Dragon Masks, pair by merimask
This is a pair of Half Dragons I just finished the other day...custom orders from my Etsy shop.

I call them "half-dragons" because with this design I leave out the lower half of the mask; the dragon snout. Not everyone wants to wear a dragon mask that gives them a great long schnozz. :-)

Each made from hand-carved, hand tooled 8oz leather. I use a tool called a "mule foot" stamp to make those scales. It's supposed to be used for scalloped tooled edges on Western-style belts but I find it's the perfect "scale" if you do it correctly. Takes a long time but it's a cool effect & worth the effort.

Custom masks like this can be ordered from my Etsy shop: [link]
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nondecaf Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I absolutely love the colors and patterns on these! ^_^
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CelestialLight Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010
These are simply lovely!
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merimask Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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CartoonSuperHero Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
I love the green one!!! Green/Black/Gold is my favorite color combination! :)
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner May 13, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much! ^_^
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dragona742 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really people, In real it's even more beautiful! Can you even imagine? I love it and I'm glad it arrived!
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merimask Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
LOL...I'm glad you're happy with it! :-)
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immortalxkiss Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Your masks are simply stunning. I love the colors, especially the green.
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much...glad you like them!
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Agorphia Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing colors!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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night-alchemist101 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010  Student Digital Artist
These are both really beautiful and I love the color choices.
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) Glad you like them!
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Avaruus Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010  Student General Artist
Insanely eloquent and shiny! They would make a gorgeous pair.
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
True, especially for Mardi Gras. :-)
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rikku300 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
beautiful masks ^_^
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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rikku300 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're welcome :)
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Blomsterhumlan Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010
Whoah, those are gorgeous.
Stupid question but how do you make them so similar; do you use a print of some sort or...?
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merimask Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! No...I do have a pattern and a template to transfer the design, so the carving is the same, but they're hand cut & hand carved each time. If you look closely you'll see variances...they're just small because I'm that good. ;-)
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Blomsterhumlan Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010
Because you are that good . . . No, you are. I admire your work tremendously, and if I could afford one of your masks I would buy one (I love masks, for decoration though... masquerades are non-existent here). I was just curious to how you work... SO, how many different patterns do you have at the moment... and do you make them in paper or... wood or leather or...? :):D
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merimask Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Omg...hundreds of patterns. Seriously. I've lost count. I save a pattern of everything I make.

I have a heavy craft paper cutout, to trace onto the leather, as well as a plastic film transfer for the carved design, so each mask design gets two patterns.
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Sidtheodd1 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010  Student General Artist
The details are amazing! Wonderful work. :)
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merimask Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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Sidtheodd1 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010  Student General Artist
You're welcome. :)
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Random-Star Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
These are absolutely gorgeous. The swirls, and the colour combinations on both of them, are fantastic. Beautiful work, as always! :)
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merimask Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) Since they're custom orders I can't take credit for the colors, but they did turn out awfully pretty I agree.
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Random-Star Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Even so, the colours work incredibly well with the 'flow' of the masks, for lack of a better word. They look very regal, very wearable. :)
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Mishikaiya Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
These colors are brilliant. Such a gorgeous set.
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merimask Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! They're actually for two different people but they would make a very pretty pair...sort of "Mardi Gras" when you see them together.
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Mishikaiya Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah!
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dragona742 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like them. Can't wait until it arrives :) btw, the colours of the green one are really nice too! good work :) can't wait for your next one :D
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merimask Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Your purple one turned out very nice...I bumped up the "purple" so it's very vivid in person. :-)
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dragona742 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How do you mean you bumped it up? Never heard that therm before.
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merimask Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Mixed in more purple pigment...
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dragona742 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, that turned out pretty nice indead! like a perfect dragon purple :D
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Angel-Asariel Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010
Oh the colors are beautiful!
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merimask Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I added plenty of silver when I mixed the colors, so they're very metallic IRL.
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