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Rose Mask - Finished
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Published: April 15, 2010
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'Tis finished! I did a light color wash with some green and red leather dye and finished with a 'desert rose' antiquing finish. The color is a bit more obvious in real life, but I was having trouble getting good pictures, the picture on the far right is the best representation of the colors. I know there are TONS of flaws, rough edges, too light of color, etc, etc. But this is my first leather tooling/molding/dying project so I'm ridiculously proud of it, I hope you enjoy!

The design is an original I transferred to the leather and hand tooled. The leather is 7-8 oz veg tan leather.
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KBOConcepts's avatar
KBOConceptsProfessional Artisan Crafter
This is really gorgeous. I'm just starting into leatherwork (meaning: My tools should arrive this week ;) )
SparklersOasis's avatar
Thank you! Good luck! There's a few groups on here that have been really helpful to me, :iconleathermaskart: being one. I'm saving up to buy a double shoulder or side of leather so I can do some holsters. I have a mare's leg like Zoey from firefly, and I want to try to make a leg holster for giggles :)
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KBOConceptsProfessional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the suggestion! Out of curiosity, what size leathers do you normally work with? I've seen smaller pieces of veg-tanned sold and I'm just not sure what to get. (Also, my tools arrived yesterday!)
SparklersOasis's avatar
Do you mean size as in thickness or size of leather piece? I like to use 6oz as far as thickness. It's pretty sturdy and you can get good depth but still have a nice flexibility. I usually am cheap and buy bellies. Bellies are good for small projects you can work around any imperfections. I'm wanting to buy a side or a double shoulder because I want to do a belt with a built in holster so I need a bigger piece to start with! Yay for tools! Out of curiosity, what all did you get?
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KBOConceptsProfessional Artisan Crafter
I got a lot of the basic stuff. Awls and groovers and such.
SparklersOasis's avatar
Awesome, can't wait to see some projects! :ahoy:
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esiewertjrHobbyist Digital Artist
That is so awesome! I'd love to dabble in leatherworking one of these days.
SparklersOasis's avatar
Thank you so much! Well if you get around to it feel free to shoot me any questions, I've kind of taught myself and know how difficult it can be :)
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esiewertjrHobbyist Digital Artist
between your love for teh ponies and your epic leather works, I think I'mma watch you that way if I am ever in a position to try out leatherworking I'll know where to find ya!
bluebow12's avatar
bluebow12 Photographer
Gorgeous!
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KaytanaPhoenixHobbyist General Artist
I enjoy the color wash look of it! 'n the overall design is gorgeous.. As for photographing it, might try taking it outside in some shade.. natural light will probably show it off the best :) 'n in the shade wont be too much light..
As for rough edges, there are a few things you can do.. I've heard of people using a Dremel tool around the edges to smooth them up, 'n then sand paper for the tight spots, I've personally not done this yet, but I'm sure as I play around with my misc leather projects I'll eventually need to, lol. What I personally do is use the Gum Tragacanth ( [link] ) and the edge slicker ( [link] ) 'n possibly get a pretty flat bone creaser ( [link] ) for the tight areas (Something smooth edged to get in the tight spots with, I actually use a smooth spot on my cheap plastic ruler, lol)
I'm sure for the absolute best results, if you've got a very rough cut is to use sand paper/dremel tool then follow it up with the tragacanth, which gives a very smooth finish.. You apply the tragacanth before you stain the leather, 'n it shouldn't affect the stain any when you dye it.. It hasn't yet affected anything I've used it on, 'n I've done several belts with different shades of stain..

Hopefully something there helps! :) 'n hopefully I haven't doubled up on something someone else has already told you :XD:
SparklersOasis's avatar
Thank you SO much for all the feedback and information, it's very helpful. I've been meaning to invest in a dremel for various reasons, and this is just one more!
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Sephiroth-StrifeProfessional Digital Artist
Now that is very impressive, I love the colors you used on it!
meleck's avatar
Tons of flaws... Another case of the artist seeing too many flaws in the work where any other onlooker will see any marvels.
Too light a color can only be realised by you, anybody else will think it's part of the design.
It's great work. I would be very proud to come up with such good stamping work.
SparklersOasis's avatar
:blush: thank you so much for all your kind words! :hug: You have some absolutely lovely work. I love the stitching, especially on [link]
meleck's avatar
Thank you. I'm not too much into carving as I think that it is the difficult part.
CTunmasked's avatar
You should be proud! It's beautiful!
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Angelic-ArtisanProfessional Traditional Artist
Beautiful design! I love the accent of a rosebud under the right eye. The understated colors also make this very elegant. If you haven't joined up, you should totally submit this to #LeatherMaskArt. We'd welcome another leather mask maker to the fold! Might be a good place for you to pick people's brains as well :D
SparklersOasis's avatar
:blush: Thank you so much! I tried to join the LeatherMaskArt group, but I wasn't accepted. I'll try again though :)
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Angelic-ArtisanProfessional Traditional Artist
Make sure you're joining as a Contributor and not a Co-Founder or Member, in fact, let me just send you an invite XD That'll make things easier!
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