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Large Custom Red Dire Wolf by merimask Large Custom Red Dire Wolf by merimask
This is the mask that inspired the creation of my newest wolf design; the Dire Wolf. This custom mask is exceptionally large and is a combination of my up-sized Timber Wolf design and my popular Fantasy Wolf. It was commissioned in shades of pale red and light brown, similar to a Red Wolf.

Made from one piece of 8 oz leather, each hair is meticulously hand carved. The mask is free-formed without a mold. Then it is stiffened with heat and painted with colorfast Liquitex Acrylics.

Custom designs like this one can be requested only at my online Etsy shop: [link]
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:icondobrea:
technique is really fantastic, I'm mesmerized :)
Your masks are so... beautiful
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:icondraconicat:
So beautiful!
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VeronicaRosejones Jun 2, 2011  Student General Artist
Its AMAZING!!! What are they made out of and are they for sale? Its so detailed, and i love the coloration its perfect:)
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:iconphantomwildspirit:
This is as usual fantastic! May I ask, how did you first get into making masks?
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myeyesinthemirror May 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
i just can't get over how talented you are
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:iconihni:
Oooh, pretty! How do you keep all the "hairs" so dark, when the rest of it is painted? Eh, however you do it, the result is wonderful.
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merimask May 9, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wel, first I paint the palest colors (white and tan and light brown) on bare leather, so they are bright. Then, I do a wash of black antiquing stain. The stain goes into all the little carved "hairs" and stays there. I wipe away the stain from the surface and it leaves behind black "hairs". Then I drybrush more white over the same area (to add more contast) and then as a last step I paint in the black markings. :-)
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:iconihni:
Well, it makes a great effect. Well done, you, and thanks for being so generous with information :) I get so curious when I see something well done.
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:iconkittieshade:
This is amazing work!! I love the contrast with the dark brown and white. The detailing lining in black stands out a lot and it must of took a while lining all those small lines! I think that's a really good touch on the mask!
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merimask May 9, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :-) Much of the fur detail is actually cut right into the leather with a little knife...it adds realism and texture when you see the mask IRL.
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