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Lion Mask by FamiliarOddlings Lion Mask by FamiliarOddlings
This year I decided to try something I've never done before: needle felting a mask! I didn't felt the entire piece, though, just the surface. The base is papier mache with leather glued inside for comfort as well as providing a nice place to put some grommets for the ties (see bottom right photo).

The needle felting part was rather difficult! I had to needle felt it separately and then kind of squish it over the base, scrunching it and stretching it in different places to get it to fit over the face shape properly. Ugh! There must be a better way... But I am quite pleased with the final result. :D I dyed the wool myself, this time with Rit Dye, which I'd never done before. It makes some really bold colors.

Other materials: feathers for mane, ear tufts, and dangle bits; a little piece of black leather for the nose; plastic gems for decoration; wooden beads and leather strings for the dangles. The lips, eyeliner, and colorful trim are just the painted papier mache base showing through.

The regal collar was sewn by my mother and then I glued metal decorations and sequins on it. Yay, sequins! :D

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Falcolf Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Professional Filmographer
This looks awesome, nice job! :D
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DMS1993 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Student General Artist
I really want this...is it possible to buy the mask?
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SmidgenPidgen Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
This is awesome! I'd love a lioness version!
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Spiritlycana Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think that this look a lot more like a tiger than a lion...
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MaskedConfusion Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
o3o I don't supposed you'd want to re-do one of these for a comission..?
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wolverinegurl Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011
aww that is so pretty :) i love it great work on it, the lion mask is awsome looking:)
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Magnificient! :)
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FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Professional General Artist
:D Thank you!
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Mab-overthrown Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
wow! you did a fabulous job! :nod:
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FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :D I'm glad you like it.
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