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Dragon Skull Leather Mask 1
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Published: June 6, 2010
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Something new and scary; a dragon skull mask!

I've been working on this one for a while. The design is roughly based on an antelope skull. I added bone spurs to the sides of the face and extra horns. And fangs. And inlaid a green cat's eye stone in the forehead, just to make it look properly magical (although unfortunately...dead).

Like all my masks, this is hand carved and hand shaped without molds or forms, from one piece of 8oz leather. It's been painted with colorfast Liquitex acrylics. Signed dated AND numbered original; this is "Dragon Skull #1".

Available right now in my Etsy shop: [link]
Image size
1855x2590px 2.07 MB
IMAGE DETAILS
Make
SONY
Model
DSC-W170
Shutter Speed
10/800 second
Aperture
F/8.0
Focal Length
5 mm
ISO Speed
100
Date Taken
Jun 6, 2010, 6:05:43 PM
Comments110
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KeffRobenson's avatar
Yes, it's really great! This thing wants to buy ^ ^ Can I ask what material you make these masks? I just also want to make this one for a costume ... But if you do not want me to reveal your secrets, then I'll understand)
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GirlPuckHobbyist Photographer
I think is one of my favourite of your masks that I have seen.
Muffinettes-crafts's avatar
Amazing work, the detail is amazing
DemonSelena's avatar
Your work is truly magnificent! :)
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merimaskProfessional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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myeyesinthemirrorHobbyist Photographer
wow that is really great for my silvers tho i use chrome car paint lol but i love how that came out
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Angelic-ArtisanProfessional Traditional Artist
You know, people have been hating on this one's green stone, but looking at this and the other one, I rather like how the green pops in this one. It's as if it's alive on the inside with some kind of inner fire or magic that keeps the dragon animated. I can see this being really cool with some kind of opal or labradorite (or other stone with luminescence). I love em both, but this one makes my imagination run away even more because of that pearlescence.
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AgorphiaHobbyist General Artist
Great design! Very different, but I like it a lot.
Great job with the coloring. It looks old and dirty and perfectly like bone! I love the horns and the stone.
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Mego-Sama-Lady-Sir Traditional Artist
DD: this is amassing!
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ArtbyMaryCHobbyist General Artist
wow! at first I thought it wasa cattle skull but then I saw the jewels and twisty horns. Very creative!
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merimaskProfessional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! Yeah, I wanted it to look like something you really might find on the ground somewhere. The best fantasy art has a touch of reality to it, IMO.
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ChardwolfArmoryHobbyist Artisan Crafter
Most interesting
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merimaskProfessional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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I like this one better than the other, something about the green makes it more eerie. I'd love to see one with a red stone in the center...

I just got finished drawing something very similar, which amuses me greatly.
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merimaskProfessional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) Yes, red would be neat too.
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merimaskProfessional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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smokewithoutmirrorsProfessional General Artist
I like this. :D The texture on the bone is fantastic, and I like the double set of twisty horns.

Is it hard to inlay things in leather like this? It looks like it might be kind of tricky.
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merimaskProfessional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)

I figured out a pretty cool method for inlay years ago. It's tried & true...never lost a stone setting. Here's how I do it:
*trace the outline of the stone onto the mask (has to be a flat-backed cabochon or it doesn't work, by the way)
*draw a line inside the outline, about 1/8 inch smaller.
*cut out smaller hole.
*smooth edges with skiver
*put stone in from the back. It won't fal through 'cause the hole is smaller than the circumference of the stone.
*lay thick suede (or 2oz split) over back of cabochon on inside of mask...be sure it is at least 1/2 inch bigger than circumference of cab.
*use barge cement (dry mount) to sandwich the stone in place; suede patch, cab, hole.

You end up with a peekaboo stone setting that'll never fall off. ^_^
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smokewithoutmirrorsProfessional General Artist
That does sound like a handy way to do it. Thanks! :D
Angel-Asariel's avatar
Something new and amazing! Holy crap(!) did this turn out awesome!!!

I love the texturing in the paint to give it that aged look!
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merimaskProfessional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much. :-)
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MastaAzumarekStudent Digital Artist
wou... that is cool :D
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