This mask, not that you can tell, is at quarter scale, and fits quite comfortably in my palm.
It'd been very nearly a year since I'd last made a mask, or even done any real leatherwork, so I wanted to do something less exhausting than a full-blown mask, and I'd been meaning to experiment with this for a while - I'd badly wanted to try making some ornaments, decorative miniatures, and while it worked I was dismayed to find it takes every bit as much work as a full-size mask. Well, there goes the hope of relatively inexpensive handmade gift sets. Not that I'm not willing to make a gift set for anyone interested, just that I can't price them as gently as I'd so hoped. I'm more disappointed than I expected to be about that.
In any case, the miniatures would seem to be every bit as elegant as the full-sized masks; I don't really fancy trying this with the Bamberg Greenman or anything similarly intricate, but for Italian-style traditional masks - Columbina, Arlecchina (he's coming), and Rosetta, for example - this seems to be a solid technique so long as I'm willing to spend an obscenely long time on each one. They certainly aren't friendly on the hands, but I do very much like the results.
Regarding the color - this photograph is terrible and will be soon replaced (heh, yeah, in my copious quantities of free time), but partly I worked in a color scheme I probably shouldn't have. I formulated a brilliant vermillion red paint I couldn't not use right away, so it's a two-color occhi with a filigree pattern; I love the pattern but I'm not content with the shade. Perhaps the other two shades I planned to do will balance it out.