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Small Dragon Half Mask by merimask Small Dragon Half Mask by merimask
This isn't a spectacular mask but it's one I make frequently because people like them and because I never get bored making them.

I don't use a pattern. I usually save patterns on plastic transfer film, so that I can re-make the same mask because really, a fox is a fox is a fox for me (or a wolf, or a cat, etc...) and I like my work to be consistent. But these are just sketched on with a stylus each time, so no two are alike. I've probably made hundreds & each one is as different as a snowflake. :-)

That's what keeps it fun.

Carved with my trusty ceramic 1/4 angle swivel blade (I just got a fresh blade so it was like carving butter), tooled with a small mule foot stamp, to create scales. I also use a smooth bevel tool, to add the 3-d effect & give more depth to the carving. wet formed by hand, heat dried & painted with Liquitex acrylics.

This mask is available in my Etsy shop: [link]
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whiteANDorange Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
that is quite nice
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OneAngryGinger Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
My mother bought this mask for my sister's birthday a while ago. She loves it. It's so beautiful.
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xXShadowKatXx Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010
nice work
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Vexic929 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely amazing I love it! ^^
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Agorphia Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing colors and details! The details have such depth.
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merimask Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! It's my carving technique to go deep (the new knife helped too).
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GoCkillaz Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Student General Artist
Awwww your Dragon Masks are AMAZING!
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merimask Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) I just always liked drawing dragons, so this mask style is fun for me. I sketch these guys out in about 20 seconds...
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GoCkillaz Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010  Student General Artist
how amazing!!!
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merimask Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :-)
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Niccoloknox Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
very cute i like how the dragon looks:) almost realistic haha
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merimask Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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Niccoloknox Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
yeah haha i need to learn how to make masks theres so many people that would want them around where i live
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NiniriAZ Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
Very cute how the dragon wraps around one side of the face!
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merimask Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! Almost like a face tattoo (is what I'm going for, there). :-)
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NiniriAZ Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010
Yeah! That's what I was thinking too, when imagining it on a person's face!
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selenuhloves Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
This is amazing!
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merimask Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :-)
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selenuhloves Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
:]
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Rowanelle Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice. As always.
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merimask Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks very much. ^_^
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Rowanelle Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome.
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NaturesWolfchild Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
Pff. Not Spectacular to YOU, these are so very stunningly spectacular to me!! I wish I weren't so down on money, I would love to purchase 5 or 6 in various colors if I could. You do beautiful work.
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merimask Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) It's meticulously carved but the outline is plain & the concept isn't new, so it seems like a simple mask to me.
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Novalyyn Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Student General Artist
It does seem a bit less fancy than some of your others, but, bah, I adore dragons anyway. :) And it's still pretty cool.
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merimask Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks. :-) It's actually my simplest mask (which is why I price them so low), but the carved aspect makes them special & I love making them anyway.
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Treyos Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Looks pretty awesome to me! Great colours!
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merimask Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! The greens are better IRL...I mixed silver and gold with a hunter green so it's a warm metallic green, spiffy!
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Treyos Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Is that the official name for the colour? We've got "deep green", "mint green"... and "spiffy green"! :)
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merimask Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
LOL! True! It's my own invention. ;-)
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koart Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010   Traditional Artist
Love the tooling hun! What do you use to accent it? Is that an antiquing stain?

How are the ceramic blades compaired to the metal ones? I got a metal one just so I could sharpen it but if the ceramic ones are better I may switch.
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merimask Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
There's a black antique wash overall, but most of the coloring effect is through lighter paints drybrushed over darker colors...I like layered colors. :-)

Oh, ceramic is MUCH better and worth the money. You can sharpen ceramic too...I use jeweler's rouge. I just rub a chunk of it on some leather, and then sharpen the ceramic blade on the leather...it's easy and takes seconds.

Ceramic blades have no burrs, file marks, & no residue on them like mertal does, so they slide cleanly through the leather. Even a sharp metal blade will drag, but ceramic is wonderful, stays sharp longer and if you protect the blade it'll last for years. I used to replace my metal blades every couple of months. My ceramic blades last for 2 to 3 years.
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koart Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010   Traditional Artist
Ahhh thanks so much hun! I will have to try one out.
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FantasyWench Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
this coloring on this one by far is my favorite and wantitwantitwantit!
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merimask Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! These are my cheapest masks too... ;-)
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smokewithoutmirrors Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Professional General Artist
I really like the idea of this - it looks really neat. The dragon-colours are neat too. :)
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merimask Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks. ^_^ I like making them 'cause each one is unique & never boring. Also, they are my least expensive masks so I feel like I am giving each person a unique one-of-a-kind bit of art for not that much money. Which makes me happy.

Some day when I'm gone they might even be my most valuable masks. ;-)
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MacabreWeb Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Isn't spectacular? I think it is beautiful! I love the wing position too.
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merimask Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :-)

True fact: I draw the wing on first, when I copy the basic pattern for the half-mask outline (I just add a wing on there willy nilly). Then I draw the rest of the dragon on there later, after the mask is cut out. So they come into the world wing-first. ;-)
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