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Make a Leather Mask in 13 Easy Steps!

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Tamara Clammer

on 2 November 2012

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Make a Leather Mask in 13 Easy Steps! 1. Make a Pattern Fold paper in half. Cut with
short scissors, making smooth
organic lines for the best fit. Leave at least an inch
between the eyes for
structural integrity. 3. Trace the Pattern Use a ballpoint pen to
gently trace the pattern
while holding it in place. Realign the outer edges
prior to tracing the eyes. 2. Try the Pattern On This is the most important step. If the mask doesn't
fit now, it never will. Continue adjusting it until the
pattern fits perfectly when pressed against your face
with your fingertips. Paper is cheaper than leather! 4. Wax the Blade Dragging your X-Acto blade
through beeswax will help the
blade glide through the 5-6 oz.
vegetable tanned leather. 5. Cut Out Your Mask An X-Acto blade with a padded
handle works well. It will require
downward pressure and focus. If the blade doesn't cut all the way
through, insert the blade into the
scored area to finish cutting through.
Don't pull or you'll get a ragged edge. Be Safe! Tamara Clammer Contain used blades! This step can be skipped, but it creates
really nice finished edges on the thicker
leather. Dampening the edges makes it
easier to bevel. A piece of ordinary sponge
and a repurposed yogurt dish are perfect! 6. Bevel the Edges 7. Add Texture 9. Saturate With Running Water Place your mask under warm running tap
water until it is completely soaked, front
and back. Blot it dry on a towel and insert
the shoelaces into the holes from the front
with the knots on top, away from your face. 10. Shape Your Mask Working in front of a mirror, use
both hands to bend and form the
mask to your facial features. Begin
at the bridge of your nose. As your mask begins to dry, it will sculpt more easily and
you will notice ridge lines beginning to form. Once your mask is exactly the way you want it, alternate between drying and shaping, drying and shaping. Fun but tedious! Note: Your mask might transform during this process! 11. Dry Your Mask This part is tedious. Remember
to stop once in awhile and shape
your mask. Just when you think
it will never sculpt, it will begin
to cooperate -- like magic : ) Doer: Maker Advocate www.BrownPaperTickets.com www.faceoddmasks.com @faceOdd 12. Paint Your Mask Using your sponge from earlier, you can
paint your mask with acrylics. You'll need
to work quickly to keep the paint from drying
before you are ready. Add several layers to
achieve the color you want, for more vitality. Tamara@BrownPaperTickets.com Acrylic paint will wash off of your
hands with soap and a little scrubbing.
It will make your mask water resistant,
but if you wash it with soap, the paint
might wash off too. Wipe with dry cloth
dust cloth to clean. We're almost done! TIP: 13. Add Ties and Embellishments! Tools and Materials 8. Make String Holes 5-6 oz. vegetable (oak) tanned leather,
often referred to as 'belt leather', was
used in this mask making demonstration. See this presentation again on my blog!
Adventures in the Making http://tamarabrownpaper.wordpress.com/
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