Maskcrafting

DSHi! I’m Kira. I met Naelany online eight years ago (has it really been that long?!) when I was writing fic as in.a.blue.bathrobe. I’m still at it–I’ve even taken a hiatus from my crazy costume design jobs to focus on writing.

My latest story, THE DIRTY SECRET, from Carina Press, is a lighthearted and (very) sexy bit of home dec porn, containing coffee, Klimt, and a lot of eff-words.
You can find it at amazon and other e-book retailers, and the Goodreads link is here.

Writing is cerebral though, and sometimes I get that need to make something more tangible with my hands than just keyboard noise and pencil scratches. My “comfort art” is maskcrafting, and lately I’ve been doing collage work with found objects and junk-drawer items.1-foxy-valentineThis foxy valentine* guy was inspired by a beat-up pack of cards at the end of its game, and became the first in  a series of seedy poker player types.

Next came a rabbit who definitely cheats at Texas Hold’em.

2-rabbit-blank

I build my own blanks from  Wonderflex–a heat responsive plastic with a mesh backing–when I’m making pieces for stage. If your mask is meant to be a wall hanging or will only be worn for a few hours on Halloween, the inexpensive ones found at party supply stores work just fine.

3-mache-rabbitYou can use anything that will take glue for the base layer, but fabric and paper are easiest. I soaked the cards in hot water for a few minutes to separate them from the backings;  thinner  layers smooth over the surface better. The jewels came from a tiara that had seen better days. My favorite adhesive is called “Sculpt Or Coat” but watered down Elmer’s or Mod Podge works great, too.

4-detailed-rabbitWhen it was all dry, I gave it spray of gloss sealant, and added some details for definition. Matte black latex is good for edging (or use a Sharpie marker) but for the hearts I used pearlescent craft paint, to give it some of that old Venetian masquerade metallic-leaf feel.

5-black-rabbitThen comes the antiquing glaze. (You can find this in the paint section of the hardware store, or make your own with a drop of dark paint in a gel medium.) Slather it on  everywhere–a little goes a long way–making sure that that it gets it into all the nooks and cracks, and then immediately clean off anything you want to keep shiny–like the rhinestones–with a Q-tip dipped in glass cleaner.

6-aging-rabbitAfter the glaze has soaked in for a bit, wipe it off with a damp rag. The creases and edges will appear and bring out the character of all the layers. I like to do several coats, drying between each, working it along the definition lines until they become blended into the surface.
She needed a bit of softness to offset the stark primary colors and the hard jewels, so I lined her ears with a few feathers ganked from a duster.

Let cure overnight before wearing!

7-final-rabbit

Thank you, Naelany, for letting me share!

Come say hi on Twitter: @kiraagold
And I blog sometimes: https://kiraagold.com/category/blog/

*Wouldn’t Foxy Valentine be a marvelous erotica pen name?!

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About kira a. gold

I like a good labyrinth, and bad puns.
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10 Responses to Maskcrafting

  1. naelany says:

    I know! I can’t believe it’s been so long already *hugs*. Thanks so much for being my guest, sweets. I am in utter and complete awe of those masks. They’re gorgeous! I love that fox one the best, but they are all absolutely wonderful. Part of me wants to try it but I fear that I would only manage a very pale imitation of yours lol. Seriously, beautiful work. What do you do with them all once you’ve finished with them?

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  2. Leslie O'Donnell says:

    Very nice! Your masks have a really distinct aesthetic to them that I don’t often see.

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  3. kira a. gold says:

    Naelany, I’ve got about sixty or so up on the wall, but half are from three shows–Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe; the Tempest; Midsummer Night’s Dream faeries–and some more in storage.

    Like

  4. maleficentknits says:

    Whoa. I’ve known what a talented writer you are for several years now, but masks?! These are amazing! Beautiful!

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