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Project

Leather Unicorn Mask

Introduction

Artist Andrea Masse-Tognetti shows Martha how to make this sleek unicorn mask.

Materials

  • Mask template
  • 7-ounce leather
  • Ballpoint pen
  • Leather shears
  • Craft knife
  • Shallow bowl
  • Oven
  • Acrylic paint
  • Broad brush
  • Leather hole punch
  • Ribbon
  • Paint pens, glitter pens, rhinestones, and other embellishments

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Enlarge, print, and cut out mask template. Trace template onto 7-ounce leather using a ballpoint pen.

  2. Step 2

    Using leather shears, cut out the shape of the mask. Cut eye holes with a craft knife.

  3. Step 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. Step 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. Step 5

    Put mask in a 265-degree oven for 3 minutes.

  6. Step 6

    Mold mask for a second time on face to fine-tune the shape; tip the horn slightly forward.

  7. Step 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. Step 8

    Apply acrylic paint to mask using a broad brush; let dry.

  9. Step 9

    Using a leather hole punch, punch holes on sides of mask for ribbon. Feed ribbon through holes.

  10. Step 10

    Decorate using paint pens, glitter pens, rhinestones, etc.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, October 2009

Reviews (11)

  • serena21 15 Aug, 2011

    I took it to kinkos and enlarged it 125% and it was way way to big was I only supposed to enlarge it 25%?

  • Rebafan 9 Mar, 2011

    The leather used is a 7oz vegetable tanned leather, chrome tanned leathers are not meant to be wet molded as shown in this project.
    It is often less expensive to buy a single shoulder of leather for projects such as this, they average 6-8sq. ft. and are about $40 per skin.
    I have found with most masks that I have made that a 3-4oz vegetable tanned leather is suggested, how do others find that the 7oz works?

  • jeffreywells 1 Dec, 2010

    Martha gave the source where you can get the leather used on the show. You should check it out. The prices are reasonable and the leather works just as described. I just finished making 15 animal masks for Christmas presents. They were so easy to create. I just have to paint them.

  • ginhut 9 Jan, 2010

    ATTENTION!
    You must get Vegetable Tanned Leather! I just bought a ton of scraps of 7oz cow hide leather and it doesn't hold shape or dry out. Too bad it wasn't explained better above as I can't use this leather now. Get the stiff veg dried tanned leather...

  • Trope 12 Oct, 2009

    Does anyone know how to get the mask Template to download on my MAC?
    Thanks!

  • Lolagrrl 7 Oct, 2009

    Yay! Andrea! Great job! =)
    To see more of my sister's beautiful work, visit her gallery on Deviant Art > http://merimask.deviantart.com/
    ... or her Etsy Shop! >> http://tiny.pl/hqlrk

  • pamwax 7 Oct, 2009

    Great job Andrea. Enjoyed seeing you on Martha. As always the masks are beautiful.

  • LaDonnaBellaCosetta 7 Oct, 2009

    I own one of the Lady Andrea's masks. She was kind enough to sign it for me. It has moved back and forth across the country and still looks just as lovely today as it did back then! It remains a classic. Her segment made me think about giving this art form a try! La Donna Bella Cosetta

  • QueenLiz55 7 Oct, 2009

    What is the wax stick? Does it peel like a pencil or crayon? or do you melt wax onto a stick?

  • dba212 7 Oct, 2009

    They used Liquitex acrylic paint.

  • sacks 7 Oct, 2009

    What brand of paint was used on the mask? Great segment.