Blue feathered silver Venetian mask. "Sky"
This is for a Venetian style costume mask. It is full sized, meaning that it will fit an average sized adult face, and its title is “Sky”. The base is papier mache and it has been almost completely encrusted with real lace, to detail the mask. The finish is not paint but silver metal leaf that has been antiqued, to bring out the details and sealed to keep it beautiful. It has a number of teal blue coloured rhinestones accenting the surface and a full crown of fluffy genuine ostrich feathers that have been dyed a vibrant teal blue. I hand-make each mask base and then individually design and hand-cut each one so they are all unique art pieces. The inside is black.
Due to the size and shape, you must choose the "Canada Post Large Air box" option for shipping.
This piece is 10” (25 cm) wide, 5” (13 cm) high and around 3” (7.5 cm) deep. The vintage navy ribbon ties are 19” (48 cm) long. The feather crown comes out an additional 4” to 7” (10 to 18 cm). It is signed and titled on the inside.
It may look fragile, but my masks are quite sturdy, my crafting method means they are more flexible than most Venetian ones, but just as strong. They can be worn with no problems so don't worry about having to take special care of it. Just keep it away from high levels of moisture. The dye on the feathers is water based, so it can transfer through handling or if they get wet.
The shape, amount of detail, and feather crown mean this mask is not only beautiful, but a great disguise. The coloured ostrich feather crown leads it a bit of a Vegas Showgirl feel as well as my usual Venetian opulence. It is also on the larger side, for one of my masks, and will easily fit a man or a woman. A simple outfit is all you need, with this mask, to be the belle, or beau, of the ball. The rest of the time it will be a striking display piece!