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Japanese Goldfish Mask by merimask Japanese Goldfish Mask by merimask
This mask was inspired by a mural in Narita Airport! If you've ever flown to Tokyo, you've probably seen it...

Based on Asian 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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gorch Sep 16, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
you did an terrific job here!
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TrueDajanrys Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
How much do you charge for a custom mask? I love your art!!
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art-4hearts May 15, 2011   Digital Artist
Love this. Beautiful!
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bluebow12 Feb 4, 2011   Photographer
LOVE THE IDEA.NICE WORK.
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:iconhmiidcdkeeny:
Simple understated elegance. Sweet
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merimask May 1, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :-)
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:iconutopianpictures:
What a beautiful mask.
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merimask Apr 23, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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