A Few More Polymer Clay Masks

polymer clay Noh Monkeyking mask by Sarajane HelmMy camera stopped focusing well after the last photoshoot when it fell off of the tripod mount and dropped about a foot onto the carpet.

However, I put it back on the dock, let it sit for a week or two and turned it on and off again a few times, and it seems to be working better. I still think its time to augment the tools with a new one though, so that’s coming up soon (note to Santa!).

I did get a shot of the mounted framed set of masks we have from the 1997-2003 Internet Miniature Mask swaps. There are around 80 masks in this one set! Each mask is intended to fit inside a three inch square–the ones seen here are a little bit larger than actual size.

The frame itself is 3’x3′, and the mask are mounted on billiard table felt. I took some images from it, like the Noh Monkeyking mask that I made, and my son Ian Helm’s digital interpretation–he’s a real chip off the old motherboard, that one! I love having a creative family, and creative friends.

In the course of going through the new photos, I realized that many of my favorites are from the first few years of the swaps, and I don’t have the contact information of the artist or their permissions to feature them in the book, so I won’t be using the individual shots of those masks.

I do feel comfortable showing the picture of the framed collection, as that is of my own making.  Technically speaking in terms of copyright law, I have the copyrights to any photographs I take, but I prefer to be respectful of other artists and get their permission when I am shooting things I own but others have made.

These masks and many others are featured in the upcoming book A Collection Of Polymer Clay Masks, being readied for release October 31 of 2010. I just put together a page for it here at this website, and will be putting up a paypal button for taking pre-orders of signed copies next week.

polymer clay masks in a framed set

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