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Rat Queen Leather Mask by merimask Rat Queen Leather Mask by merimask
I know this isn't the prettiest mask I've ever made...but then again she's not supposed to be pretty. This is a Rat Queen mask for a production of the Nutcracker ballet in Jacksonville FL this season.

They had a simple furry mask before, that looked sort of like a cat, & wanted something more "ratlike" My vision was a realistic huge Norway rat with "jewelry". They already have a full crown for her, so I did a head decoration that wouldn't interfere with that, plus I added Swarovski crystals to her ears & forehead to add sparkle and fun when brightly lit onstage.

She's basically a rat with bling. I really hope she's a big hit! :-)
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LadyElisabet Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
I tell you, rats ARE pretty and cute, I mean pet rats :). When I saw this I guessed it might be from the Nutcracker, the rat in that one is not as "cute" though. Your masks are fantastic!
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Angelic-Artisan Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
lol bling rat?XD Very cute! This must have looked enchanting complete with the crown! I do so wish there was a way to see it in action, if there are any links to videos or photos of this on stage?
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NiniriAZ Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009
Nice twist--and I was thinking of something along those lines, or possibly one of the 'animal' companions that can sometimes accompany the Cinderella story, as well...
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bloodiedkactus Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009
My first thought was Nutcracker! before I read your comment on it. How great is that?!. That means a job very well done ;)It's beautiful!
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FantasyWench Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
i like this one as i have two rats and it makes me think of them :)
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KirscheTea Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009   General Artist
this has a great design, I love it!
It also has a very seasonal feel to it, so I'm sure it will be perfect for the nutcracker. :)
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually, you even make a rat look good!
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Tainted-Petals Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
'not pretty'? I think it's a really beautiful mask! I think you did really well, I love the colors!
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takamo Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I find that this mask is quite pretty. :D Then again, I love rats in general.

I hope they get pictures of the actor on stage while wearing this! That'd be awesome.
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petrova Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009  Hobbyist
It's really inspirational. :D
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