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Rose Mask - Finished by SparklersOasis Rose Mask - Finished by SparklersOasis
'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 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is really gorgeous. I'm just starting into leatherwork (meaning: My tools should arrive this week ;) )
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SparklersOasis Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
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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KBOConcepts Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Professional 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!)
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SparklersOasis Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
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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KBOConcepts Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I got a lot of the basic stuff. Awls and groovers and such.
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SparklersOasis Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
Awesome, can't wait to see some projects! :ahoy:
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esiewertjr Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is so awesome! I'd love to dabble in leatherworking one of these days.
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SparklersOasis Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
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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esiewertjr Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Hobbyist 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!
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SparklersOasis Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
:w00t: thank you so much! :boogie:
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bluebow12 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011   Photographer
Gorgeous!
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SparklersOasis Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011
Thank you :)
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KaytanaPhoenix Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Hobbyist 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:
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SparklersOasis Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
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-Strife Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Now that is very impressive, I love the colors you used on it!
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SparklersOasis Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
Thank you so much!
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meleck Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010
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.
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SparklersOasis Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010
:blush: thank you so much for all your kind words! :hug: You have some absolutely lovely work. I love the stitching, especially on [link]
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meleck Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
Thank you. I'm not too much into carving as I think that it is the difficult part.
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CTunmasked Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010
You should be proud! It's beautiful!
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SparklersOasis Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010
Thank you so much! :hug:
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Angelic-Artisan Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010  Professional 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
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SparklersOasis Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010
: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-Artisan Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Professional 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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Biog33k Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010
Gorgeous!
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ArtOfRivana Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This work has been featured :)
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SparklersOasis Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010
oh wow, thank you so much!!! :hug:
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EagleWingGallery Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
amazingly well done. Love all the detail and the bug next to the eye. The soft colors look really nice.
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SparklersOasis Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010
Thank you so much! I was so happy how this turned out, especially since it was my first attempt at a mask :) And thank you so much for the :+devwatch:
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who-the-moon-is Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
WOW. It looks like you actually carved it from wood, but (after reading the description) this is gorgous leatherwork. <3 The roses are lovely and well-detailed. The color must be stunning in real life, as it shows up pretty well in the photographs as well.
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SparklersOasis Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
:blush: Thank you so much for all your kind words and for the fav! I have a few other designs I'd like to try, but I had shoulder surgery about a month ago and am still getting back control/strength. The last attempt was pretty sad looking! Oh well, nothing like creative rehab! :D Thanks again! :hug:
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Dragnwingz Featured By Owner May 27, 2010
beautiful! :D
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SparklersOasis Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010
thanks! :hug:
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Dragnwingz Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010
your welcome! :)
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jan3ll3 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010
super pretty <3 (: really nice carving lines <3
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SparklersOasis Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010
thank you! :hug:
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Weet-weet Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is quite something, it looks awesome! Congrats!
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SparklersOasis Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010
thank you so much, I'm glad you like it! :D
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GoheX Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Ooh these are fantastic. It's great to see artisan works once in awhile, not too many on dA compared to Photographers and digital art workers.

Really nice work. Great display for them too!
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SparklersOasis Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010
thank you so much! actually it's only one mask, just pictures taken at different angles. and I'll tell you the secret of my backdrop *whispers* it's a blanket on a chair! :giggle:
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GoheX Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Haha wow I would never have guessed, looks very professional, great work! =D
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Lord-Kiyo Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010
I remember this project and talking about it to you. Yes the rose is looking real nice :D and the mask still has a nice goldish color. Great job!! Surly one day there be wealthy people buying those from you.
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SparklersOasis Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010
:faint: thank you so much! I tried to take all the great advice I received and get something I was happy with, and I think it worked, at least in my opinion!

and I really really hope you're right, I'm looking to graduate very very soon and am definitely not looking forward to receiving my first loan bill! :D
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Lord-Kiyo Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010
LOL well with any luck things can pay off :D
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Lime-Street Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
This is gorgeous work! Absolutely amazing craftsmanship
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SparklersOasis Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010
thank you so much! I have an idea for a summer prairie one, but I'm still not 100% on the design :)
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M-Bae Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2010
whoawhoa, this is pretty cool! I dont see alot of deviants who make stuff like this so thumbs up for that and the creativity that went into make this rose mask =) it came out looking really really good! keep it up!
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SparklersOasis Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010
thank you so much! I will, I've definitely been bitten by the leatherworking bug :D
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Paddyeahh Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2010  Student Writer
It's very good.
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SparklersOasis Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2010
thank you :)
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