Copper Wildcat Mask

May 30, 2011

Copper Wildcat Mask

Copper Wildcat Mask

This wearable, adult-sized copper Wildcat Mask is a bit larger than my Cat Mask and looks more like a bobcat or a very large domestic cat.  It is hand-raised from a flat sheet of copper, with decorative rivets on the whisker spots.  My post on the  Jaguar Mask  has photos and a description of the mask-forming process.  Photos of me wearing the Cat and Jaguar masks at the Tucson All Souls Procession can be viewed on Flickr here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/leonfangs/sets/72157622765310126/

The rigid metal is hotter and not quite as comfortable as a soft mask made of fabric or leather, but it is easier to wear than wood or papier-mache, and looks very dramatic and unusual.  I didn’t put ties on this mask because these will depend on the wearer’s costume and style preference.  I use long 2″ strips of black cotton fabric, tied in a tight knot at the back.  They give a secure fit and are nearly invisible at night.  For a daytime occasion, I would use more elaborate, colorful ties that functioned as part of the costume.

The metal is not coated in any way, so it can be hung anywhere, even outdoors, and will tarnish to a beautiful warm brown.  I prefer the natural tarnish colors, which change over time but are always comforting and mysterious.

Wildcat Mask, side view

Wildcat Mask, side view

Wildcat Mask - Rivets

Wildcat Mask - Rivets

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