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I haven't made one of these in over a year...maybe two! It was about time to do one; I just finished it this morning. Choice of color is intentional; Mardi Gras is coming!

This is a fanciful raven mask done in the Venetian style. However, unlike a true Venetian mask (which is made of lightweight leather that is embellished with plaster & gold leaf & is VERY delicate), this mask is made with my own unique technique involving heavy-weight leather that is deeply hand carved. This achieves the ~look~ of a Venetian mask but is durable enough to wear anywhere, indoors or out. Even safe to travel with (the perfect mask to tuck in your suitcase on your next trip to New Orleans for Mardi Gras!)

The leather is carved, shaped, hardened with heat, then painted with colorfast Liquitex acrylics in black, white, purple and bright gold. It is sealed with a waterproof clear coat, for durability.

I use no molds or forms, so this piece (like all my masks) is a limited edition original. Available at my online Etsy shop: [link]
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gilliancarson Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
lovely!
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PinkSzayelWolf Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I've been looking at your art (faving alot X''D) and I've been wondering.... "How the hell do you make these?!"
They're freaking AWSOME!! ^^
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merimask Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :-) Actually, if you look on my front page, under the blue cat you'll see links to tutorials & videos.
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PinkSzayelWolf Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
XD Thanks ^^ They're just so cool! 8D
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Orotubashi Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011
whoa i want that soo bad! :PPP
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cyborgagent017 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011
Love the look of this mask, It is beautiful!
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MyntKat Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh, this is interesting. I love the shape and colors, not so sure about the swirls though. For some reason I prefer your carved details to these painted ones.
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010
Gorgeous. And sturdy enough for travel is an excellent modification!
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dragona742 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really nice! Different of what you normally make, but really nice. The colours are nice, and the curls are smooth. The golden sides look good too! Good job :clap:
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kurenia1 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010
really good job on the masks they are beauitful. my favorite mask is the unicorn ones amazing so cool.
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petrova Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Hobbyist
If only I had the money :cries: I so love this one, I think it might be my number one favourite of all time :worship:
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akitcougar Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Damn that's hot.
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theassassinnox Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wow, this one is absolutely stunning! I may have to commission a similar one for our ballroom dancing. Need...more...discretionary...income. Someday. Someday I'll have one of your masks and it will be awesome!
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FengL0ng Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
where do you get the raw materials from?
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Craft stores for paints and brushes, Tandy (google it) for tools, 1-800-TANNERY for leather.
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FengL0ng Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for your time =D
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smokewithoutmirrors Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional General Artist
HOMG! My favourite mask-type ever! :love: Your raven-masks are awesome - and while I prefer the persian style, this Venetian version is pretty cool in its own right. I love the combination of darker shades - black and purple - against the white beak, and the gold details really stand out.

One day, I'm going to order a raven mask from you... Just you wait! :D
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :-) I think I like the Persian ones best, too, but they're an awful lot of work TBH. Haven't done a Persian mask in quite a while...
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ihni Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010
Omygod omygod omygod! Sorry for fangirling like that, but I LOVE this design. Love it! Ever since I started looking at masks online (your fault entirely), I still haven't found a design I like more than this one. Well, the egyptian masks you make are CLOSE, but this still takes first prize. I mean, with the "beak" and all.
The colours are great too, they are really striking and they work well together. But what I really love about it is the shape. I would LOVE to see it on an actual person, just to see how it looks.
Well done on this one! As usual ... =p
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
LOL...thank you! :-) It's also a quite basic design, really, but it is dramatic. Glad you like it!
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PumpkinGuardian Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
ooooh!! Pretty!!!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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x-Patchwork-Pixie-x Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
i love the colors and swirls
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
The swirls are the fun part. :-)
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Agorphia Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Look so beautiful!
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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ItachiElric Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
:love:
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
:-D
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Frantic-Vampire Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Student Photographer
Gorgeous!!
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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Frantic-Vampire Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Student Photographer
You're welcome! =)
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Rindama Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
very pretty i love it the mask is great another great mask
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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Rindama Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
no problem can't wait to see your next mask
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Eclipsed-Soul91 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I think you really out did yourself with this mask, it is very beautiful! It caught my eye very quickly too :3 I wish I could commission a mask from you, but that'll have to wait until I am more financially stable ^^;
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) Glad you like it.
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InsaneRasberry Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
It reminds me of a plague doctor mask that was embellished :D
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
True, very similar designs (though a true plague mask was a closed cone...they'd stuff herbs in the cone to "protect" from illness).
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InsaneRasberry Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Yes, but also, the Dottore Peste mask in Commedia dell Arte
usually has a open cone, and that particular character is based off the plague doctors of Europe...It guess it's just because it's used for theater, and not actual medical usage...
Have you ever attempted a plague doctor mask in leather? It would be an interesting thing to try and create...
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Oraien Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is definitely a beautiful mask, Meri. I love how delicate it looks, and how traditional. And with those fancy Mardi Gras colors! Awesome.
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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Falkenkralle Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I always loved this mask! :D And I'm very envious that you can make the swirls so even ^^
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) I make some mistakes but that's part of the fun...
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wandering-dreamer Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
Hmm, the beak on it reminds me a little of a hummingbird and that made me think that a hummingbird mask with all the bright colors probably would be perfect for Mardi Gras. XD
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
True! That would be awfully cool...
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TrollGirl Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
It puts me in a festive mood..so happy and beautiful.
So much raw inspiration..so much semester on my head :giggle:
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) Hang in there! Semester's almost over. ;-)
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PuppyAkamaru Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
.... whoah.. i SO want one of these masks... like chimera mask!! 833
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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DanjiIsthmus Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010   General Artist
Now that is just cool. Your masks inspire me so much. I hope to be able to make masks of even close to the same quality as yours someday xD

Love the designs and colors!
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