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Merrow Mask V3 by merimask Merrow Mask V3 by merimask
Merrow V3. This version of the "Merrow" is special, because the way the leather resisted the base black alcohol dye created a happy accident, resulting in a mottled appearance. It reminded me of a catfish or a muddy spotted koi, so I accented the darker scales with metallic teal, the lighter areas with pale copper, and added just a bit of teal to the ends of the swirled seaweedy mane. It is definitely one of a kind, and something I'll be unable to repeat. In the shop here: [link]
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:iconparkersandquinn:
ParkersandQuinn Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Beautiful!
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:iconlisa-sciannella:
lisa-sciannella Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
happy accident with the die. this piece is amazing!
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DarkLordZil Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
dye*
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:iconlisa-sciannella:
lisa-sciannella Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
yes indeed. i feel silly
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Sakiyo-chan Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, thats awesome! :love: That must have been a lot of work I guess. How long did you work on this?
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spinstermaiden Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
I really like the mottled look even if it wasn't intentional. Yeah happy accident!
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:iconnehemet:
Nehemet Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is really sweet.
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Last-Verse Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
OwO the colors came out amazing; it's so beautiful!
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:iconagorphia:
Agorphia Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the colors. Too bad it's only one of a kind! Though you could probably re-create a similar effect and try out different color schemes.
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:iconiastartov:
IAstartov Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
Great design.
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TRIGGERSHOCK Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw man so cool! Awesome work!
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Treyos Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
So that dye usually works just fine, but the leather was being ornery? Too bad, because that really is an awesome look, especially for this design. Would probably look pretty cool on a dragon design, too.
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merimask Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I've been using a new type of leather. The veg-tanned hides from Herman Oak tannery is wonderful stuff; easier to carve and shape, but firmer and harder, and it's resistant to alcohol dye especially after I heat and shape it.

It usually means the acrylic paint is needed to make black masks really black, but in this case it looked kind of cool, so I left the base as it was. It happens all the time, but not in a reliably attractive pattern, so I'll just have to wait and see if it happens again. :)
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oasiaris Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, that looks real pretty!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :)
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:iconoasiaris:
oasiaris Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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smokewithoutmirrors Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
This one looks a bit more deep-sea than the others - or possibly the kind that prowls muddy river bottoms. I like the colour scheme. :)
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
That's what I thought...it looks like a boggy old catfish. :)
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PsychoFaye Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You are amazing. Your masks are amazing. If I ever have enough money, I will throw gobs of it at you and fill an entire room full of your masks, and it will probably creep other people out, but I won't care.

Or maybe I'll just keep saving up for one... one is a good start! Point being: this mask is cool, and you rock.
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merimask Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Haha thanks so much! :)
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toxicd Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
I love the details in the scales and the colors SO much! The happy accident was quite a wonderful thing!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you, yeah it made things fun! :)
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tngapch Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional Writer
This, just this. :heart:

After a really, really rough day seeing this added a bit of a silver lining. :)
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
That's so sweet. Thank you. :)
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shinon125 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
Wow this is amazing looking! I'll have to keep an eye out for some more of these from you ;P maybe i'll get one for a special occasion! *crosses fingers to be invited to a mask party or something*!
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merimask Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :)
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:iconjilinn:
JiLinn Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I love it when accidents like that happen. It adds extra personality and uniqueness to the piece.
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I think so too.
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AviAngel-Flycir Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Huzzah for serendipity! :iconvictorydanceplz: This is totally awesome.
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah! The trick is to see the accident as an opportunity. ;)
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AviAngel-Flycir Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Oh indeed :D
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