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Here's all three views of the mask put together.
It used to be painted green with a goatee, but I got rid of all that and used metal to decorate it instead.
The idea is that I commonly (I'm sure alot of other people do to) say I'm doing good, or I'm happy, but really I'm just using my face as a mask to hide what I feel inside. Be it either loneliness, or heart break, etc. This mask is a manifestation of that concept. It's strong as metal, but still, it gets much abuse (used a rather course grit sanding wheel on a dremel and made a bunch of verticle lines across the entire piece) It also has tears of rivets running down the left side.
Now as for major decoration, there's gears on the left side. Cut my finger up with the smallest one (drilling the centre hole and it turned into a saw and bit my finger, not cleanly either) They represent how it works like clockwork, I'm asked how I'm doin' and I give the same answer... always. Clockwork
The other side of the face has a pretty border around it and in the middle of that there's an arrow pointing backwards, toward the dot. So as to say there's something in behind, this isn't as you see it.
Then there's the ties on the sides. Rather all ragged and tattered due to frequent use of the mask and on them are beads of bone, egg, wood, and glass. Sort of keeping the natural materials in there to make up for all the metal there is. protecting... hiding
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CrusaderMaria Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
This is phenomenal! I love it's aged and rugged look, and the conept behind it. Beautifully conceived and beutifully executed. Thanks for sharing!
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Indeed! This is still one of my favorite sculptures :D It was really fun to make, hammering the metal into shape and seeing it come alive, so to say :D
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primulatook Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is wonderful!
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
^.^ Thank you! I'm quite fond of it myself :)
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telchin Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008
first i looked at the mask and thought "what a beautiful piece of art and skill" and together with the title it made sense..

then i read your description and - wow!
so much thought in every detail...
very poetic.
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
:D thanks alot mate :ahoy:
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telchin Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008
my pleasure :)
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Misread-anger Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008
Sir, this is amazing!
Great concept! I wan't one.
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aye! Thanks alot :D
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aelthwyn Featured By Owner May 12, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
sooooo cool! I love how you decorated it! both sides look great!
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner May 12, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
oh yes :D
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ThundersSilence Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
great concept, great execution! and even mingled with your blood, i believe it gives it even deeper meaning ;)
is it actually "your size"? do you have a picture wearing it? would be very interesting to see...
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
It was made to be my size, but something went wrong in the process of making it... I think it's chin is to pointy or something. It doesn't fit me know so it's just a decorative piece.
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ThundersSilence Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
ahh.... what a shame... still a great piece though
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aye, when I have the ability to make metal masks again, I'll then be practicing on making them wearable
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calicocat30 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2008
beautiful piece with beautiful imagery:D where did you find the mask?
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :D I actually made the entire mask! out of a sheet of nickel, 18g. that's why I submitted it to the club.
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calicocat30 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2008
awesome:D I thought for some reason it said in the description that you took paint off of part of it. Perhaps I am misremembering - but it's really amazing:D fantastic job:D Nickel is some crazy hard stuff lol!
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
well, if you look deep into the abyss of my gallery you can see previous incarnations of the mask. one, like you saw it, one with the paint, and one without anything so you can see the nickel
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seekerj Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2007
Can't wait to see what you come up with next...
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
^.^ great! :D
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MPFitzpatrick Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007
Freakin' GORGEOUS!
I really love this.
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
:D thank you very much! ^.^
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PeachBabies Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007
i was thinking of getting into metal work -
what equipment do you need to make something like this?? :]

its really great,
i love how you incorperated the ragged strings and beads
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oi! thanks eh :D
As for equipment, I used a raising hammer (to hammer metal over shapes), a chasing hammer or planishing hammer (to make all the big bumps and divets even out), ball peen hammers (or other hammers with a spherical face). Then stakes come in very handy. large or small, tall or short, all sorts of different shapes. They're used to hammer the metal over. I don't have a large collection of stakes myself, so I also used what's called dapping punches. they're punches with a ball head. I prolly used them the most to get the nose, the lips etc. A torch or other great source of heat is very desirable because the metal gets harder and harder the more you pound on it, so you heat it up to anneal it (make it softer).

that's about it.... ahumm... yup... it also takes a bunch of practice as do all things
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PeachBabies Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2007
hmmm... alot of tools :)

i think i may just stick to clay -
start with metal when i have a little money left :P

thanks for the response though
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
lol yaaaa... and that was just to shape the mask, not including all the fancy bits
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MultiCultureFruit Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007  Professional Photographer
:wave: I enjoyed your beautiful craft very much!
I included it here too [link] I hope that many more people can enjoy it :nod:

Keep up the lovely work :clap:
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
hey thanks so much :D There are a bunch of really nice pieces in that list
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MultiCultureFruit Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2007  Professional Photographer
My pleasure :nod:
Be sure to create loads more :D

:hug:
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plague-rat Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2007
i knwo why this has always put me off!
the mouth and nose holes. dude, put some bronze or copper or whatever that orange shit is and fold it over those edges. to thiken and smooth them. and on the mouth, you coudl do kinda _ __ _ _
[ignor this it is filler}jkjhksaehkh |_| |_| |_|
design.
it woudl fix her up perfect. i liked everything but it always pissed me off lookign at this. this is why!
you know im rihgt, you kwno what you must do!
:D
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
That would indeed make it look better, but! this one if finished, if I do anything more to it I'd ruin the patina, scratch it all to hell, etc. So I'll keep your advice in mind for future projects :D
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plague-rat Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2007
son of a bitch!
haha
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