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Hollow Ichigo Leather Mask by Angelic-Artisan Hollow Ichigo Leather Mask by Angelic-Artisan
My more recent try at this theme:



I've had leather sides sitting in my closet for almost half a year now. I had been wanting to try leather mask making ever since spying *merimask's gorgeous gallery of handmade masks. Her wonderful work inspired me and after seeing her mask segment on Martha Stewart, I was finally pushed over the edge of inspiration and into my first mask making experiment!

I wanted to try something simple so at my boyfriend ,~kaioshade's, suggestion I went with a mask inspired by Ichigo's Hollow form from the anime Bleach.

I ran into so many issues making this that it almost didn't happen. I had no skiver, stylus, beveler, or hammer and ended up improvising with a kitchen spoon, a swivel blade, leather stamps, an awl, and X-acto knife.

What's next? A deco peacock? Character masks? Anime inspired masks? I can't wait to do more once time permits :love:

*merimask's tutorial: [link]
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TazmanienAngel Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
So inspirational! I can't wait to get started on my first mask! You helped me a lot! To the drawing Board! Ill make sure to show you when I finish my first one! Hope your doing well!
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Angelic-Artisan Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'd love to see what you do for your first mask.:) Good luck! If you have any questions about the process, feel free to ask over on the profile of #LeatherMaskArt where the member, myself included, might be able to give you some advice.
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xXSmokinBombXx Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
for the first time trey looks good xD
i'd love to see one with the horns :3
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Angelic-Artisan Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah man I've seen the design with horns and it's crazy cool! I'd looove to try it, but must first get better at joining leather pieces together. That one's going to take some sewing!
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xXSmokinBombXx Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
indeed but it's still worth the try xD
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illbatta Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
very nice!
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primulatook Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wonderful work!
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Angelic-Artisan Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I'm proud of it, even if it isn't exactly comfortable to wear XD
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HiddenRelevance Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009
Oh this is wild my dear!! Totally fun. I've definitely been tempted to play with that tutorial myself, but dman it's not like I need another hobby.. or have room for that matter lol.

And yeah, I do like the leather straps for this.. its definitely works!
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Angelic-Artisan Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
heehee welll just think of how you can combine leatherworking with jewelry making! I've seen some really cool textured pieces of leather added to necklaces. *tempts* The tools and materials can be pretty pricey, however. I got a basic set with stamps and a knife for about $40 (though I've spied them cheaper on ebay these days!)

I totally don't know where I'm going to keep any masks either. I'll have to find a place XD It was so much fun though. I really really want to make more!
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HiddenRelevance Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009
Gah don't tempt me.. that's just mean!! (actually, my big issue is that my new kitten is attracted to any and all crafting supplies.. it's not good lol.)

And dude.. I totally just put all of the masks up on my wall as decoration. It's fun! *grin*
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merimask Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is really an amazing mask...I can't believe it's your first! The painting technique is incredible.

Don't feel bad about improvising with tools; my first carved masks were just etched with the pointy end of a ball point pen cap...LOL! I think it's wise to build your tools & supplies slowly, when you're first starting out. My tool collection is worth over $300 & that's everything I'll ever need, but who wants to spend that kind of money until they know they really like the medium?

You did a REALLY good job & you should be very proud of yourself. :-)
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Angelic-Artisan Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I thought you might like to see this mask in action:) Enjoy! [link]
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Angelic-Artisan Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks Andrea! That means alot coming from the mistress of masks:) Aw man a pen cap! I wish I had thought of that! It's so funny how many things you can improvise with. I've got my eye on buying a rotary hole punch and a stylus/beveler next.

Figures that I've bought at least two of those things for my printmaking and ceramic courses in college, but they somehow always end up being lost.

Anyhoo, thanks for taking a look and for the fav. It means a lot to be so encouraged and I definitely plan to do more! :glomp:
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I really like your choice of straps. Somehow I don't think the traditional organza ribbons would have worked too well with this XD Those leather straps though? Just perfect.

I think you did a damned good job. It has great texture.
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Angelic-Artisan Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
The leather straps were actually just temporary, but somehow seem to work out. Red organza might work too, but I'm too lazy to go to the store at the moment. XD

It's amazing how well the leather works for the organic bone texture. Using matte finish also helped to seal that effect. I used craft grade acrylic, though, so I'm hoping it won't fade too horribly!
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
What brand of 'craft grade' acrylic are you using? I know the FolkArt 'craft' acrylics are actually very good quality. So good, in fact, that Binders in Atlanta carries them. I spoke with one of the guys there and he said he started carrying them after he found out how good they are.

So if you used something like that, you're probably fine. And other 'craft' acrylics I think are designed to be pretty durable. I don't think they'd be too fugitive.
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Angelic-Artisan Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome! That's great to hear because I have SOOO many FolkArt paints that I bought on sale for my undergrad sculpture classes.

I have a few Apple Barrel brand paints which didn't seem as thick as the FolkArt (though that may have been exclusive to the red pigment I was using), but I'm hoping the varnish will keep it all cozy and protected. Thanks for the info!
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