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Butterflies and Faeries and Pixies, oh my!

Took a first run at some butterfly-like designs. The mid-sized one may go through a few stages of evolution, but I was pleased with these to start. I like the way they work with just about any color scheme.

Small, butterfly-like masks in shimmery colors

I call these masks "Pixies," since they've got a kind of playful, whimsical feel.

Butterfly leather mask in teal

A butterfly in shades of shimmery teal and peacock, with elegant gold eyelashes and highlights, and curling antenna. Perfect for a mysterious fairy, or courtly lady.

 

Butterfly Leather mask

This mask is very large and impressive, but the many cut-outs that form the pattern on the wings keeps it lightweight.

Angels and Demons

A few wing-themed designs, for the creatures of darkness and light out there. These put me in mind of a masked ball, but I think they could work for any number of occasions.

Gilded Angel Mask

A mysterious angel in antique gold

A bat-winged mask in black leather

This one would suit an elegant demon or vampire quite well, I think.

'Valkyrie' winged leather mask

I think of this one as the Valkyrie- severe angles, shimmery, icy colors, and a truly epic wingspan- 17 inches!

Steampunk’d!

A couple of fun little designs I did for the Steampunk-themed Time-Travelers’ Ball at Dragon*Con a few weeks ago. These are on the simple side, but I’ve got some more elaborate ideas along these lines that I hope to explore later. Playing with rich brown dyes and sparkly metallics is way too much fun.

 

Steampunk Eyepatch

A steamy eyepatch for the classiest of airship pirates

 

A simple, steampunk-y half-mask

Green Dragon Mask

This is one of the new designs I did this week, a shimmery dragon mask in shades of green. This was a fun way to experiment with tooling and carving some of the heavier leather.


Japanese-style fox mask

This mask is called “Inari,” after the Japanese god of foxes.* The fox (kitsune) is a traditional character in Japanese masked drama, and I’ve tried to incorporate some elements of those classic character masks into my version.

 

Kitsune mask

 

*The namesake of those tasty Inarizushi, because of his purported fondness for fried tofu.

Morning Glory Mask

When I was growing up, you could always tell that the school year was winding up when the morning glories started to bloom.  In Japan, their curling tendrils and brightly colored flowers are a symbol of summer.

This mask depicts three bright purple blossoms against a tree trunk, with a fourth just starting to open.

 

Morning glory leather mask

Left side

 

Mornign Glory Leather Mask

Right side

Superhero masks

DragonCon is coming up here in Atlanta, so I thought I’d try out some comic book inspired masks. Hopefully I can get some shots of these on models soon, since they look fantastic when worn.

 

The Huntress

A purple mask for a dark heroine

Green Lantern

Brightest day, blackest night, yadda yadda. . .

Harlequin

I wanted to try out some simple mask designs for tighter budgets, and here’s one of the results!

Harlequin Mask

Black and red dyed squares, with metallic drybrushing in antique gold and pale champagne.

Green Folk

Ok, now I know why everyone does Greenman masks. They’re wicked fun!

Both of these masks are available for sale in my Etsy shop, just click the button to the right.

 

Small Oak Greenman Mask

A fairly small and simple Greenman (or Greenwoman), with an Oak-leaf type shape, in bright greens with gold shimmer.

 

Red Maple Greenman

This Greenman is based on the look of a bright red maple leaf in autumn, with deep purple shadows and shimmery rose-gold highlights.

Wonderland: White Rabbit

White Rabbit

I'm late!

Last of the Wonderland Masks, for now.

Due to a flaw in the leather, one of his ears came out a bit wrinkly, but overall I really like this pattern, and can’t wait to do it in other colors.

I kind of want to make him little wire-rimmed specs, though.


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