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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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:iconmilesaway52:
This is beautiful...i wish i could have this...wow.
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merimask Apr 18, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks...glad you like it. :-)
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Paddyeahh Mar 27, 2010  Student Writer
Lovely!
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merimask Mar 11, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much. ^_^
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bear48 Feb 27, 2010  Professional
sweet job
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AngelusNoir Feb 19, 2010   General Artist
this is very whimsical and creative!!...I love the assymetry of this one:)
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merimask Feb 21, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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:iconbtpdesign:
This and the fighting betas are probably my favorites
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Kagitsune Dec 2, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
How wonderful. I think I vaguely remember the mural you're talking about at Narita! I love the way that blue and gold contrast. You are very talented.
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