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Steampunk Carnival Battle Mask by VynetteDantes Steampunk Carnival Battle Mask by VynetteDantes
Cast bronze armour mask with opening lower jaw hatch and brass bolts and hinges. Treated with a liver of sulfur patina. When the lower jaw opens to facilitate drinking, smoking, or speaking, the fangs are revealed which previously appeared to be part of the lips. The fangs also function as clasps that hold the hatch closed.

The design is inspired by samurai armour masks and Venetian Carnival masks with a steampunk aesthetic.

I sculpted onto a plaster cast of my face in Roma Plastilina, molded it in rubber, cast it in wax, and then dipped the wax in a silica slurry shell mold. I then cut open the bottom of the shell mold and fired it in a furnace, to first melt out the wax, and then to fire it into a ceramic like density which is very resistant to extremely high temperatures. My foundry class then filled the mold with molten bronze (a task which takes a team of many people). Then once it cooled down, I set to work smashing off the shell with a hammer and chisel and sawing off the gates which allow the bronze to flow into the mold. Then I sand blasted it and cleaned it up further using a bench grinder and a dremel tool. After that, I polished the surface with a variety of sand papers and steel wool to achieve a smooth surface. Next I drilled and tapped the holes for the bolts to secure the straps and hinges. Then I applied the patina, which involved heating the mask with a propane torch, then spraying on the liver of sulfur in layers, applying the torch until it was a solid black. I then buffed the highlights back out with a scotch rite pad and steel wool.

The project took me three months to finish, though admittedly I was working on 8 other projects at the same time.
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Steampunk Carnival Battle Mask by *VladislausDantes is an impressive metal work mask. It is intricately designed and features a little surprise in the form of vampire teeth that become visible once you open the hinged chin to drink or eat. ( Suggested by SaTaNiA and Featured by MyntKat )
MondoArtistStudio Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014
Amazing, great work!
MisterGeniuseART Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014   Artist
marssetta Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesome. Plain and Simple, AWESOME!
Vision4LifeCro Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Observerofworlds Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
Do you have any photographs of this worn by a person. I think that would be really cool to see.
gypsykristan Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Student General Artist
Your website seems to be no longer working. :(
VynetteDantes Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
Yeah, working on revamping it. ^^
Kilarei Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Student General Artist
This is incredible! It really reminds me of the dwarven helmet on Skyrim lol
FilipePVasconcelos Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I wold wear that in a gala with no second thoughts :3
grifyth1985 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
did you make this??
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