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December 28, 2010
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Swan Mask by merimask Swan Mask by merimask
Here's another of those masks that I can't ~believe~ I failed to share in here. I went looking for it today in my "birds" mask gallery & I was like "where the heck is my art nouveau swan??" Anyway, here it is.

Carved from one piece of 8oz leather, hand-shaped and painted with Liquitex acrylics. I wanted the whole figure of a swan as a mask, but the figure wasn't dynamic enough, or balanced (swans are very very small at one end and MUCH bigger at the other) so I added a sort of baroque flowing ribbon design to tie the figure together. Besides, the startling red against white is pretty cool, in my opinion.

Haven't made this mask except for this one example, but if you'd like to order one, contact me at my online Etsy shop: [link]
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elusiveosito Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
does anyone know how long this process of carving the leather takes?
chantelletran11 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
Hi *merimask, I was wondering if you could like help me with an idea for a mask because I will be entering a competition and I need some ideas. THX! By the way, this mask is very pretty and I want to know how you make it exactly because you said it was carved from 8oz leather and I can't believe that this is handmade. I mean like WOW. This is totally awesome.
jellykiwi Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The red ribbon is a nice touch. Very creative and it makes the mask stand out :3
Ellygator Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the ingenious use of the red ribbon.
MyntKat Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh, this is really quite something else. It's very playful and beautiful and so different from most masks that actually depict a face of some sort or are just a mask "canvas". Love it.
Agorphia Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is amazing! I'd like to see a shot from the other side of the mask, though, to see more of how the ribbon flows through the mask.
Amane96 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is pretty and I like it a lot, actually. It's also a little different from the other ones I've seen you do. Beautiful work!
HomburgHatter Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010
That's simply gorgeous
PuppyAkamaru Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
i think i like this one best
The-Bails Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010
this is GORGEOUS! it didnt even look like a mask at first i thot it was just a gorgeous piece!!! how clever!!! wonderful WONDERFUL job!!!
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