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His Rubbery Grasp by merimask His Rubbery Grasp by merimask
No one has ever made a mask like this, to my knowledge. It's something completely new and unique. An unholy marriage of tentacles and Steampunk, this is "His Rubbery Grasp".

The mask is hand carved from 8oz leather, shaped with no mold or form by hand, and painted with colorfast acrylics in rich antiqued brown, black, and gold. The twisting tentacles have some extra special details; realistic hand made sucker rings of my own design, made from real rubber!

The cog-monocle is half of a pair of retro-look driving goggles (the right eye). Made of lightweight PVC with an amber acrylic lens, it is augmented with a hand carved leather side-shield and real brass cogs . It is custom-fitted to the mask (the hole behind it matches the shape of the opening) and secured with brass studs and fasteners.

This mask took FOREVER to make. Not sure how many of these I'll ever make, but at least this one is done and I'm happy and relieved to have finished it. I ~finally~ depicted the tentacles in a way I'm happy with. :) As an added bonus, the rings have a wonderful, rubbery tactile effect when you run your fingers along the tentacles. CREEPY!

:please: Just a note: I've noticed a rude trend here on DA lately. If you can't afford to collect original artwork, I'm sorry for that, but it's not my problem. Do not complain about the price...I know it's expensive but that's because no one in the world but me can make this mask. It's not for a casual collector. If you are interested, here's the link: [link] ...but it's not a toy. It's not for everyone, and I'm not WalMart.
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missBlues Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Student General Artist
This is absolutely beautiful and perfectly cool (: I'm happy to be able to see this amazing work! (:
sunshiver Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
this is so unbelievably cool!! I would love to see a photo of someone wearing it, though, I just can't imagine the full effect. :D
Awesome work, and I think the prices in your shop are reasonable. Your masks have a high aesthetic value and seem to be durable, so wth.
Kari-Anderson Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
bagira-chan Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
I would buy this in a flash if I had the money - and that's not to say it's too expensive, because it's worth every penny you're charging and more, I'm just terribly broke right now :P Maybe it'll still be around when I've saved up some cash.
The twists and turns of those tentacles must have been so much work! The mind boggles. I love the sucker detail too; His Noodly Appendage had a nice sucker effect, but the little extra pieces here really give it something special. I can imagine the rubbery feeling would be... unsettling, haha.
Amazing stuff :D
horsejumperami Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist
This is really cool. It's very interesting to look at, and it's amazing craftsmanship. It's really impressive work. =) I've looked through your gallery and you make some really neat masks, a lot of them I just love to look at. I find it really amazing how you do all this. =)
AllanGrim Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Student General Artist
The greatest mask I've ever seen in my life! :iconbravoplz:
I love it! :D
Lain3y Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Reminds me of a Steampunk Davy Jones. Pretty cool! :w00t:
FrockTarts Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This piece has been featured here! [link] :heart:
wezenbeesje Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
I agree people shouldn't complain about the price. You deserve it! :)
If I was rich I would totally buy it. :p
MeliPixie Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I am IN LOVE with your new Steampunk stuff. All of your stuff, really, but the Steampunk especially now ^_^
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