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My Crude First Attempt

Well, here we go, my first stab at it.

Fits a standard human head. Or a stuffed Biting Pear, interestingly enough.

I suspect that every person who plays around with leather masks probably makes some variation on this design first. I learned a number of things, like “Punch the holes for the strap BEFORE you mold it to a form, dumbass!”

Acrylic ink—I used the FW Daler brand, which I use for everything—sinks into the leather very well and doesn’t become quite as opaque as standard acrylic–looks a bit more like a dye. I used that as a base coat, then picked up the highlights along the nose, brows, and cheekbones with fluid acrylic, and did the copper bits with Lumiere fabric paint.I may try to see it with the Krylon clear glaze, but that will require daylight and the porch, as there is nothing quite as sad as having a stray moth adhere itself to your art.

For my next trick, we’ll see if I can master the arcane art of the rivet! And perhaps whether it is possible to glue two pieces of leather together effectively. I have stuff that claims to me leather glue, but We Shall See.

Originally published at Tea with the Squash God. You can comment here or there.


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A dremel! Holy crap! Yes! I can dremel! Why am I driving myself insane with these punches!?

Anything that can be used to cut/texture leather is fair game here. If you have a particularly sharp, large cheese grater, you could attempt swathes of scale texture.

Leather is just skin, and skin is remarkably resilient to beatings. I've seen masks with designs burned into them with soldering irons, not to mention the myriad other styles that people use.

Because it was such a short trip? *ducks*

Not insane, just punch-drunk :-)

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