So I’m taking a break from the embroidery-learning to take a stab (no pun intended) at something different: I’m attempting some felt animal masks. I started with a deer, obviously, for myself. I formed aluminum mesh around my partner’s taxidermy deer form and foam human head, and have been felting furiously since.
It’s actually surprisingly sturdy so far, and should survive minor bumps without deforming (though it wouldn’t hold up to, say, me falling on my face). My partner made the aluminum forms for the coyote and badger faces that you see in the second photo, which are up next.
A friend of ours who’s a furry invited us to a convention, which is the inspiration for these, since, truth be told, I’ve always been curious about going to one. Traditional fursuit heads, while many are beautifully constructed with a lot of skill, don’t interest me that much ( especially because I hate the smell of faux fur) so as a craftsperson I wanted to tackle making an animal mask out of materials I’m familiar with, that I like using. So far it’s actually pretty pleasant to wear! Eye holes in the tear duct area and ears are the big remaining things to add, but I’m pleased with how it’s coming so far.