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Here is a collection of the best topics of discussion and tutorials about leather mask-making from our artisan members here at LeatherMaskArt!  To be updated on an ongoing basis.

Note that while this advice is usually based on knowledgeable experience, it is still the opinions of the members and should not be considered binding, legal advice.  When in doubt, experimenting for yourself is your best teacher and may lead to new discoveries!

Displaying Masks

- Displaying Masks at Art Fairs (Group Discussion)
- Simple Wall Hanger Mask Display by OsborneArts (Tutorial)
- Styrofoam Mannequin Half Head Display by Angelic-Artisan (Tutorial)

Carving, Painting, and Construction

Baking Masks (Group Discussion)
- Basic Painting Process (Group Discussion)
- Buffed Metal Texture on a Leather Mask by Angelic-Artisan (Tutorial)
Elven Knight Visor Tutorial by Azmal (Tutorial)
Mask-making from Start to Finish by merimask (Tutorial)
- Setting a Cabochon in a Leather Mask by Angelic-Artisan (Tutorial)
Using Glues (Group Discussion)
Using Paint Pens (Group Discussion)

(See our Tutorials gallery folder for more step-by-step mask-making walkthroughs)

Misc. Advice

CPSIA Regulations and Leather Masks (Group Discussion)
Leftover Eyeholes (Group Discussion)
Masks that Don't Fit (Group Discussion)
Masks and Ageing (Group Discussion)
Spare Scraps (Group Discussion)
Workplace Arrangement (Group Discussion)

Packaging and Presentation

- Backing Masks with Moleskin (Group Discussion)
- Packing Masks for Shipment and Product Presentation (Group Discussion)
Photographing a Mask by Angelic-Artisan (Tutorial)
Signing Masks (Group Discussion)

Patterns and Design Templates


- Custom Work Commission Process (Group Discussion)
Pricing Your Work (Group Discussion)
Renting out Masks (Group Discussion)
- Shipping to Italy (Group Discussion)

Specialized Masks

Masks for Glasses Wearers (Group Discussion)


- Recommended Leather Supplier (Group Discussion)
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Masktastic Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hi all, I just wanted to ask a question about finishes. I've been playing around with matte, satin, etc, etc and different brands of varnish for a while - I was wondering what you use as the finish on your mask and why? Is there a finish you know of that's truly waterproof? Just tapping into the knowledge of the group! Thanks :) 
Angelic-Artisan Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I'll post your question in our journal this weekend, but you may also want to ask it at the new Facebook group I started for this Group, as well.  You might get a few more immediate responses!

You can find the FB group here:…

Just be sure to note the group here on dA your FB username so we know who to approve. It is going to be LeatherMaskArt members only allowed there.
ange-etrange Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
Another question about selling at a festival. I am allotted one table at a student art sale on campus, so there's not exactly a lot of room. I also wanted to share the table with my watercolors and pyrography work. But how many masks should I bring/make to sell? - Sorry for all the questions. Thank you! :)
Angelic-Artisan Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
oh and this one too!
Angelic-Artisan Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
My personal opinion is that you should take the work that meshes well with your masks.  If you can have a consistent look/theme across your art and masks, I think that puts across a more professional appearance for your prospective customers.  Try to have vertical displays for as much as you can, as well.  They tend to catch people's eye more than laying your 2d work flat on the table.  A styrofoam head for at least one of your masks is helpful as well!  You can generally find them at wig or beauty supply shops.

If it helps, I've done a few display tutorials that might help.
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