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Black Butterfly Mask by Silverfaune Black Butterfly Mask by Silverfaune
This mask is made of a single piece of leather, hand sculpted without a mold. The leather was then painted with black dye and coated with a layer of satin topcoat on top and mink oil underneath. It is designed to be worn.

I'm currently struggling with making the small cuts and finished edges smooth, and also the best way to coat the finished masks so that they are water-resistant and not any stiffer than necessary.
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Toetag001 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
beautiful! <3
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silvercrow Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
very nice work and bravo for the details, i know it's not easy.
Your edges look pretty good to me.
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KimsButterflyGarden Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
Beautiful! I love the design :heart: I have submitted this to the "Masks and Facepaint" folder in my group "Fairy Doors and More," [link] an artisan crafts group with a fairy theme. If you are interested in joining/submitting more of your work, please feel invited to do so! :love:
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Avaruus Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010  Student General Artist
Quite fantastic - something about this style just draws me to it. I should look into doing something like that myself.
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Silverfaune Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010
Thank you :) I've been meaning to do more in this style.. maybe now that things are calming down I'll get a chance!
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Red-Dragon-Lord Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010
Nice looking elegang mask. I have the same problem cutting thedges without burrs. Curling the edges like you did helps conceal imperfections. I am going to try burnishing the edges with tragacanth. Good look.
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Silverfaune Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
Thanks! I like curling, what can I say :) I do burnish the edges on some pieces, but with the delicate work it seems almost impossible to get in there properly!
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Red-Dragon-Lord Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010
I know exactly what you means. Your mask look professional.
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Silverfaune Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010
<3 :)
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dragona742 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice! Looks like it took really much time and work. Result turned out great!
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Silverfaune Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010
Thanks! :)
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thatwasrandom Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010
Beautiful work!
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Silverfaune Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010
Thank you :)
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CTunmasked Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010
I love the shape! Stunning!
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Silverfaune Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010
Thanks :)
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WhiteRabbit1142 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010
i love it are you selling them anywhere its goregous
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Silverfaune Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010
Thank you :) I am going to work on getting an Etsy site up this week.
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WhiteRabbit1142 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010
sweet message me the web page when you do im in the market for masks :3
im curious tho were do you get your maretials?
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Silverfaune Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010
Will do! :)

I buy my mats mostly from a leather supply store in Ottawa, ON called Zelikovitz Leathers. Paints I buy from my local art supply store, unless I'm lazy and in a rush, in which case I may find them at Michaels, even though I find them way overpriced.

I know some people order from Tandy leather supplies, or Wickett and Craig (may have misspelled that), if you are looking for someplace and there aren't any shops near you.
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WhiteRabbit1142 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010
thanks for the info because i really want to try my hand at leather sculpting.
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jan3ll3 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
a woodburner will clean your edges whenever u need them to be if u run it along slow and sideways on a rounder long metal point (: These kind r so cool when u take the time to get them all cut out right and curved after they kill your hands from it all (: I have one mask i did kinda like that- and it was like, "omg, ow" once i salted a mask so much and was in too much hot water that it shattered like glass, so... don't use salt unless u have to bc your thing isn't holding shape(: I just dust salt on the back for 5 mins. and brush it off again while the back of the leather is kinda damp. but mostly not anymore unless it's something big and weird shaped..... Mink oil sounds super-fancy!!! I guess it conditions the leather so it stays nice ? that's awesome.. i want some ... bc u know u want these things to live forever bc your hands ..won't (: ANyways~ butterfly creature is beautiful... i know how hard they r to get right so gOOD freaking JOB !! (: it's funny bc now u can add like a million different accessories or ribbon colors- and my similar cut thing is also it's main color w/ no ribbons still b/c i froze up and was like... i'll add some stuff later (: ~this still looks great...u could totally leave it be, also (:
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Silverfaune Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
Thanks for the woodburner idea.. I even have one hanging around somewhere I bought years ago! I have never heard of dusting salt on the leather. I am building up callouses on my fingers from shaping! In some situations I use pliers to get a really tight crease. The mink oil is used on everything from shoes to jackets, to keep leather waterproofed, and it makes it a little softer without ruining the shape.

I usually do add ribbons or beaded leather thongs for keeping them on, I just haven't got them added yet to these ones.
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Fantasy-Craft Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010   Artisan Crafter
Very elegant work!
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Silverfaune Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010
Thank you! :)
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Lady-Cass Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
This is very well done. Because you curled them in it is hard to tell if there are any sort of burrs along the edges of the mask. This is the same view anyone looking at the person who is wearing it would have so that is cool. I think all the lines are clean and consistant and the painting is also smooth and clean looking.
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Silverfaune Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
Thank you so much for the feedback. Would it be helpful to also post back views of the mask? Or is this not a particular worry?
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Lady-Cass Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
I personaly would love to see it from the standpoint of someone who works in leather. How people finish the back of the work is often a point of curiosity for me. I don't post the backs of my masks currently but I have been considering doing it for some of my "main" masks. I did show the back of one of my hair pieces in my gallary.
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Silverfaune Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
I will make sure to take a pic of the back then after I get organized! :) I have no idea how others finish theirs.. hmm.
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Lady-Cass Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
There is an interesting discussion among leather mask makers here: [link]
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Silverfaune Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
Thanks so much! I can see I'll be spending all my free time in the next several months just sifting through the pool of knowledge and experience in dA!
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tazalin Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
Ooh, it's so beautiful and ornate ^^. Very nice.
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Silverfaune Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
Thanks very much! :)
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tazalin Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
^^ <3
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