Well, this is it – the last two projects I planned for the book are finished. I think I’ve run out of pages, so one or more of the masks I’ve shown you might not be included – I’ll have to make some tough decisions in the next few days. In fact, in the last post I said only one mask was left to finish, because I didn’t think I’d be able to fit the outlaw into the book – now I’ve decided I like him so much, I’ll fit him in even if I have to leave something else out.
The Texas Outlaw was the first mask I made using the new methods, and it’s the last one I finished. I have a phobia when it comes to painting people, so I kept putting it off. I’m glad he’s finally finished, though – it makes me happy to think of a tough guy with a bright red mustache trying to disguise himself by covering up his eyes. I think this hombre spends a lot of time in the hoosegow. (By the way, why can’t Lois Lane recognize the man she loves whenever he changes his shirt and puts on a pair of glasses?) I made the outlaw a Texas-sized ten-gallon hat, but the hat probably won’t make it into the book.
The Celtic helmet isn’t a mask, of course, but I thought it would be fun to see if it’s possible to make paper mache look like rusty iron. (I think it looks pretty authentic, don’t you?) And I did want to create something for the role-playing and military history buffs.
I thought I’d need to use more than the usual two layers of paper mache around the rim to get the edge to look thick enough to be believable, but the original photo from a museum collection does show a thin edge on the real helmet, too, so I left it as-is. I bought the Instant Iron and Instant Rust online, so I didn’t read the warning labels until it arrived – not family-friendly stuff. It was fun to use, though. Because of the toxic product, and the non-mask-ness of the helmet, it might be the project that gets bumped from the book.
On a completely different note, one of our regular readers and a previous guest poster, Jim Kransberger, is a featured artist in the upcoming book Humor in Craft. Jim’s a busy guy – his work will also be shown, starting tonight, at the Blue Spiral gallery, in Asheville, NC. Congratulations, Jim!
And now, back to work!