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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

The full get-up:
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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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Ilionej Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Student General Artist
Wow. That's so great! :love:
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FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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SnowFox102 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Gorgeous!! One thing that might make a mask easier would be to glue a feltable material to the mask and then felt over that. I know some people glue wool to an armature and then felt a little bit over it for limbs that have to be really skinny, like bird feet. I've not tried anything like that, though. I'm still quite new to needle felting. :D
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FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :D Oh, that is a good idea. I did add a layer of wool underneath in certain spots but I didn't think of it as a whole feltable layer under there. Thanks for the tip! There is so much to try with felting it feels like I'm still new to it sometimes too. :)
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SnowFox102 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
A sheet of commercial felt might work for that too, if it's soft enough to be mooshed into shape. :D Something like that might speed up the work flow, though you'd have to be careful needling since it would be shallow and you risk breaking needles on the mask understructure. I guess it's a lesser of two evils kind of choice. :P

Again, this is totally beautiful, like all your work. Kudos for trying something so unique, too!
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FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you! Yes, I think I will try something like that. It is indeed a lesser of two evils kind of thing, haha, but any method that lessens the work load is worth a shot! :D I'm very pleased to find out that it's possible to do it at all, even doing it the slow, stupid way that I used here.
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Luusan Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
That is gorgeous! The first needle-felted mask i've ever heard of. i hope you decide to experiment with this technique more, it looks amazing. :)
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FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :D I think I will, with such kind encouragement! :heart:
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Wolfathart Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it's beautiful! i'm in love with the markings around the eyes!
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FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :D I'm so glad you like the eye markings especially -- it was hard work getting them symmetrical!
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Wolfathart Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
bet it was, beautiful wok again:D
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The-GoblinQueen Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
wow a needle felted mask! I don't think I've seen anything like it before! Awesome!
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FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :D When I mentioned to my friend how I might try felting it but then decided against it, she argued me back into doing it. I'm glad she did!
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The-GoblinQueen Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm glad she did too! It's very cool. Have you every thought about wet felting the form over one of those plastic craft masks and then needle felting back on top of that?
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FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Professional General Artist
That is a brilliant idea! :D Thank you!!! I can't believe I didn't think of that, haha. :doh: I'm pretty sure that will work wonderfully. :nod:
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The-GoblinQueen Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
^_^ Glad I could help :hug:
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KM-Galleries Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011   General Artist
That is super amazing! AND a fantastic idea!
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FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you!!! :heart:
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RewoundBoomerang Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
The mask is soooo coooolll. I love the eyes! I can't imagine how hard the mouth was to felt hahaha. Felting round things oh god. By far the most creative halloween costume I saw. Since most of the people dress up sluttily and poorly lol.
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FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :heart: The mouth was quite difficult, yes, haha. I know, costumes these days... :no: Thanks again, I love making my own costumes!
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collectingbees Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
This is looooovellyyy! 8)
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FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! :heart:
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collectingbees Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :hug:
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