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Christmas Mask by MelissaFindley Christmas Mask by MelissaFindley
My stepson had to do a project for school involving making a mask for Romeo and Juliet. So I walked him through the project by making my own mask (his ended up being black and purple).

Anyway, since we had to do a quick job of it, this isn't as elaborate as some of my other masks. Took a only a few hours to make. The base is one of those plastic half masks you can buy at craft stores, over which I decoupaged some specialty paper that had gold fibers woven into it. The back is decoupaged with some slightly textured black tissue, soft enough to wear against the skin.

Then I sealed it with a clear varnish and used hot glue to "draw" the raised patterns and apply the braid trim around the outer edge, the feathers, ribbons, and gold skeleton leaves (usually used for scrapbooking, but I love the fragile looking texture they have). The jewel in the middle is a piece of costume jewelry (earring) that I cut the back off of and glued in place. I used Renaissance Gold Leaf paint on the cooled hot glue design.

The mask is actually really comfortable to wear, very solid (no peeling, and ties on with the ribbons trailing about two feet down the ornamented side.
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Obsidian-Mongoose Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2009   Interface Designer
Absolutely beautiful! What brand did you use to seal over the mask?
MelissaFindley Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2009  Professional General Artist
I can't remember off the top of my head. Whatever sealer I had handy at the time that worked with paper, I think. Sorry I'm not much help on that.
SparrowsFlame Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! I love the design and colors.
ZelfwinAngel Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008
i love this!!!
MercuryFox22 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008
This makes me want to make my own mask. I've only made one once before, and the description of your process makes me want to try things differently next time.

This is very pretty for a "quick job!" You're quite the talented lady. :)
MenacingSky Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008
This is gorgeous! =D I love the color combo.
icecream9312 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008
It's so pretty!

allein21 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008
Wow... I really want to go to the craft store now!
HiddenRelevance Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008
Oh man.. I gotta say- I love the touch of those leaves.. it just adds that final touch somehow...
Rita-Ria Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
It is lovely!
Do you wear it?
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