So, I've decided to test out the idea of using a technique called pyrography on leather masks. While time consuming to decide on the design, and successfully transfer it onto the mask..and yes, very time intensive (and hot!) to transfer, the results are stunning.
Each one I do will end up being unique, as it is burning it into the leather, so there will always be subtle variations, as well as each having a different design or style in the first place.
Pricing will vary on this technique, with time needed to complete and complexity of the design being factored into the quote.
I am looking to making it available no matter the mask style/size, but I may not have the time available to do a large mask at this time so please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org should you be interested in this or any other mask we currently offer.
I've been busy with other projects and work as of late, so I haven't actually had much of an opportunity to work out some new mask designs. I decided quite some time ago that I wanted to do Egyptian Gods and Goddesses, even though there are lots of others who've already touched on these, each with their own interpretation. I am wanting to make large, detailed versions, so they can be either hung on the wall as a display piece or worn as a costume piece.
The next foray will, I believe, be into Greek Gods and Goddesses, as well as some research into Celtic and Scottish deities.
Here's a WIP shot of one of my sketch ideas for Anubis. Not the final just yet, but my latest mask idea:
Smaller masks can be a distinctive addition to your renaissance faire or LARP character. It can be the missing piece of the puzzle that allows you to feel like the character you're portraying, be it a noble who wishes to be mysterious, to a fox or feline that is trying to stay alive in the midst of a forest full of trolls and goblins, there are many options that we make. There is the basic mask style, and that can be enhanced one of two ways, by tooling or a particular paint scheme if you choose to be more economical.
Tooling is a fun option to have for leather, as it gives me the ability to make something physically three dimensional, and with the addition of paint it truly creates a stunning finished piece.
The mask can also be painted and have shading to create the illusion of the three dimensional look. This is the less expensive route, and provides quite a good illusion to the fact.
It will be a work of art no matter the choice when you get a mask from Red Stick Studio, fear not the choice you make. I strive to have each item look unique and beautiful, to the customer's specifications each and every time.
I have had clients give me an idea they'd like portrayed, but have no idea how to make it a reality. This is a specialty of mine, bringing concepts to reality, and having a finished product that makes my customers happy.
My first commission mask. My client gave me a single image of a beautiful drawing of a character wearing a "steel" mask (steampunk style), and asked if I could make something similar for him. This is actually multiple pieces of leather, riveted on a base mask style I created, together with real nickel rivets. I then painted with multiple shades of metallic paints to give depth, and sealed it.
Several animal styles are currently available from us, including:
- Wolf "Lupus" (Photos not yet published, as he sells too quickly!)
- Cat "La Petite Chat"
- Bobcat, "Boxb"
- Fox "Foxx"
- Goblin "the Goblin"
- Dragon "Ness the Dragon"
- Cthulhu inspired "Marianas Trench Creeper"
- Bull, "Toro the Bull"
- A creature mask that has been referred to as "dobby" by the most recent client who purchased one.
Looking forward, there will be more, including whisker options on applicable masks.
Are there any animals you'd like to see in leather mask form? Post it in the comments.
book character styles, venetian, renaissance and more. The eventual goal is to have well over 200+ styles of masks in the long run, with an equally impressive list of tooling options and examples readily available via gallery. It's a weighty goal, but one I feel that is obtainable in the long run. If you've ever considered a custom leather mask, please do email us via the contact form to discuss. I've already had a wide array of enquiries, and none too odd or obscure.
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