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Goat leather mask in black and metallic royal blue by shmeeden Goat leather mask in black and metallic royal blue by shmeeden
A new colour scheme, custom ordered by a client to represent his sports team, the Blue Goats!

This mask was shaped freehand, using no forms or moulds.  It was also hand-painted using a dry brush technique.  The final mask was assembled from five different pieces of leather, permanently and securely glued together.  The horns are freestanding, and don't contain or require and interior reinforcement thanks to their spiral structure.

I had trouble picking which photo to use to represent this one!  Check out a few other views over on its Etsy entry if you'd like to see it from a couple of different perspectives, and in different lighting: www.etsy.com/ca/listing/206846…

I can create this mask in any custom colour scheme -- and there is still time to get one in time for Halloween!
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cybelemoon Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
OH WOW!   That is amazing!
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shmeeden Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!  :)  Loooottttttssss of work to do these guys but I'm always so happy to see them come together!
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cybelemoon Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I would imagine so!  I can't believe making something like that!  O.o
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
excellent! I haven't noticed you make this shape in the past, but this is well done!
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shmeeden Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!  :)  It was really satisfying to have it turn out.
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Woodswallow Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic! I love how elegant you made the mouth and ears.
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shmeeden Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!  These are ones are tough, but a pleasure to do, at the same time.
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Woodswallow Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's what I thought..the mouth looks complicated. Well done!
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shmeeden Featured By Owner Edited Oct 12, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!

I've been working on a wolf design, and trying to get the right nose folds and shape down.  It's tough, but I think it'll look really cool once I have it all worked out!
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Woodswallow Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ooh, I'm very curious about the wolf!
I'm wondering all the time, how do you shape the leather? Do you heat it up and let it cool down or do you use chemicals? I have no idea how something soft like leather can be formed like this :)
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shmeeden Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Though there are a lot of different ways people shape leather, mine's actually not a chemical or heat process -- it's water, believe it or not!  Wetting the leather relaxes the protein structure, and when the leather dries the proteins regain their integrity and hold the new shape.  Pretty neat stuff.  The leather has its limitations, of course, and not every piece cooperates -- even slight variations in thickness can completely through off a design -- but when it goes smoothly it's REALLY neat to work with.
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Woodswallow Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, that's really cool! It must have taken a lot of practice to bring the leather into these complicated shapes, they look very even and professionally made...and additionally you have to struggle with the thickness variation! I'm very impressed, thank you so much for telling me :)
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