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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 )
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MondoArtistStudio Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014
Amazing, great work!
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DanceOfColors Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014   Artist
Cool!
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marssetta Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesome. Plain and Simple, AWESOME!
Mars
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Vision4LifeCro Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
amazing!!!
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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.
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gypsykristan Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Student General Artist
Your website seems to be no longer working. :(
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VynetteDantes Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
Yeah, working on revamping it. ^^
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Kilarei Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Student General Artist
This is incredible! It really reminds me of the dwarven helmet on Skyrim lol
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FilipePVasconcelos Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I wold wear that in a gala with no second thoughts :3
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grifyth1985 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
did you make this??
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Toonical Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would totally wear this to stop me biting my mouthguard.
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IvyBastet Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014   Digital Artist
i love it! its so beautiful nice work!!Flirtatious Here's a kiss for you, my love! I invite you to see my masksKiss 
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The-CAB-Phantom Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013
Is it for sale? Or do you do commissions?
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mersirensweeheart Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
god this is beautiful! i wish i would've thought of this while i was in 3d art class....
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PiuPiu-Littlebird Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Awesome! :clap:
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DekaHussein Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013   Digital Artist
awesome!!
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AarawnSenjin Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
how can i get one???
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Lord-Lycan Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
I really want one of these
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XulSchwarz Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013   General Artist
Do you make these for other people?
I would so buy this >.<
AMAZING
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lerhone Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
If I wanted to commision one of these how much would it cost
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HatedSovietLion Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
This is so freaking cool.
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danielshame Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I'd kill to own one. Great work!
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Unlimit3d92 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
but where's the steampunk?
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skyedyed Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
Incredible work! Props to you!
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ShadowAngel965 Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
That's so awesome! :)
I would totally wear that!
Hell, I WANT IT!!!!
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BorderTownDirector Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
This is ALL KINDS OF AWESOME!
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darkdario1 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
i like it!
cant see the steampunk do...
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Chapel-Horde Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Coolest thing I've ever seen. Hands down.
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DarkFusion9000 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Student Filmographer
love this, want one, price please
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Angatyr1 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
This is amazing! how much for one please?
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ChrimsonAndClockwork Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful. I'm quite glad to see that someone still makes real steampunk art.
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sirnickwolff Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I lerv IT soo merch
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ElnaraNiall Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012   Artisan Crafter
This is incredible, I love the originality behind it!
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jackalmoth Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
I like the "hidden" fangs and the whole aesthetic of the thing. Very nice work! :D
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denislav88 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
can i buy it from anywhere, what is the price?!!?!??!?!? PLEASEEE!!!! PS me back
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g-key Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
that is awesome! :D
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dknile Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
just wow...freaking amazing!
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rafael81 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Freaking AWESOME *-*
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josethclay Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That is n incredible piece you have earned my favorite today
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koolarter Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
can i buy one and if so how much, just love it XD

Woo Hoo ART :headbang:
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morkergroth Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
we are not worthy.
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Sekiann Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Student General Artist
It's amazing! I wish I could do such things =^.^=
It would be awesome for a steampunk LARP :P
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lateonomen Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Professional Photographer
A very impressive work! Congratulations!
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KeltanaOwisp Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
*falls to knees and bows low to the ground repeatedly chanting* we are not worthy we are not worthy....
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ranyx123 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
where can i get one of this?
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Obsidian-Eyes Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012   General Artist
incredible work
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sipio Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Student Writer
i want to made one for hallowen
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plato-puzz Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
oh I so want one.
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Lunastar15 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
really cool
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matahariella Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Amazing!!!!!!
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