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Fire and Water leather bird mask by shmeeden Fire and Water leather bird mask by shmeeden
A new mask design in a new series, combining two contrasting elements in wildly different colours. The lower portion of this mask is painted in midnight blue with shimmery royal blue highlights, with a touch of silver. The blue blends up into fiery red and warm gold feathers that resemble flames. This mask is extremely showy and would be sure to command a lot of attention at a masked ball, or hanging on your wall as an art piece.

Etsy entry, along with a photo from another angle, is here: [link]

The mask is painted both inside and out to seal and protect it. It is lightweight, flexible, and very comfortable to wear. It comes with two removable ties attached. Great for use as part of a costume, or for display on the wall. The size of the piece is approximately 13.5" wide by 12" tall.

Each mask is an original, hand-sculpted work of art, using no forms or moulds, and is signed inside with my monogram.
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Talty Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Hello! I featured in the latest issue of Artisan Craft News as one of the most notable examples of artisan crafts. Have a good week! :D
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shmeeden Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! Honoured to be included!
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Talty Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013   Artisan Crafter
No problem! ^^
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mechanicalfiend Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
want it!
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shmeeden Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:) Thanks!

Etsy link's above if you really do. XD
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mechanicalfiend Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
when i get more money of course, im so broke right now :(
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shmeeden Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, I hear that!
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bear48 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional
exquisite
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shmeeden Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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rileysun20 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Wow, beautiful work!!
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shmeeden Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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lylie-foak Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is so cool, oh my goodness. I would love to make masks one day. :)
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shmeeden Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :) And, you should!
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mburleigh8 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
pretty cool
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shmeeden Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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mburleigh8 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your welcome
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jrhyder Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice. :) Thumbs up.
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shmeeden Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:) Thanks!
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Heidi-V-Art Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Professional Photographer
Such a beautiful and creative mask! Great colors! :clap:
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shmeeden Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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miz-mezzy Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is awesome! I have made some masks too mostly out of paper mache, but leather has that amazing look to it!
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shmeeden Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much! Yeah, I'm really enjoying the medium.
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miz-mezzy Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
No problem, mind if I ask how you got started with it? I would think you'd need to have a pretty some crazy materials to work with it. Don't you need to boil the leather to make it malleable?
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shmeeden Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I took a workshop from a local leather worker. You actually don't need anything too crazy. Just water to shape it (no need to boil it), and then paint to finish it.
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miz-mezzy Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Really? I thought you needed a pretty elaborate setup..cool to hear no boiling needed. I might have to try it out sometime..been so busy with painting lately though so probably not for a long while heh xD
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shmeeden Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yup! It's pretty simple. Just has to be plain, vegetable tanned leather. The weight of it depends on your own preference and the way you want to work with it.
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miz-mezzy Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Very cool - I imagine it still must be difficult to cut the pieces correctly before shaping them. I'm so used to being able to dremel off hunks of papier mache that didn't come out right xD
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vogeljz Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Excellent mask
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shmeeden Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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kaburninator Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
WOW! wicked cool!
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shmeeden Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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