Artist Andrea Masse-Tognetti shows Martha how to make this sleek unicorn mask.
Tools and Materials
Leather hole punch
Paint pens, glitter pens, rhinestones, and other embellishments
Leather Unicorn Mask How-To
1. Enlarge, print, and cut out mask template. Trace template onto 7-ounce leather using a ballpoint pen.
2. Using leather shears, cut out the shape of the mask. Cut eye holes with a craft knife.
3. Soak mask in a bowl of hot water. (Little bubbles will appear on the back part of the mask; once the bubbles go away, it's ready to shape.)
4. Push the wet mask against face and shape. Fold the ears down and twist up at the edges. Twist horn at the top.
5. Put mask in a 265-degree oven for 3 minutes.
6. Mold mask for a second time on face to fine-tune the shape; tip the horn slightly forward.
7. Place mask in oven until dry -- about 15-25 minutes. The mask will become pale again once dry. Check frequently to avoid over-drying.
8. Apply acrylic paint to mask using a broad brush; let dry.
9. Using a leather hole punch, punch holes on sides of mask for ribbon. Feed ribbon through holes.
10. Decorate using paint pens, glitter pens, rhinestones, etc.
Materials used on the show included 7-ounce leather from Wickett and Craig and leather tools from Tandy Leather Factory (800-446-2999).
All other tools and materials are available at most crafts stores.