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Make your own Mardis Gras mask out of water-hardened leather.
Start with vegetable-tanned (also known as saddle-skirt) leather. I picked mine up at a local Tandy Leather. Get 5/7-weight leather (that is, between ...
Cut a mask pattern, allowing for about 30% shrinkage.
Soak leather in cool water for 10 minutes.
Heat a pot of water to 180Â°F.
Soak in hot water for around 90 seconds. The leather will shrink, curl and thicken, and then start to uncurl. The longer you soak it the stretchier it...
Once the leather comes out, you have about 5 minutes to stretch and shape it before it becomes stiff. For a good face-shape be sure to add bumps for t...
If you decide now that you need to expand the eyeholes or change the outline you can use a drill or saw. Otherwise, you're ready to paint it, using a ...
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