PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE

Mastering the
Leather Mask

Learn how to design, tool, stitch, sculpt, and paint your own unique leather masks in this recorded online course.

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Instructor

Marin Cenwein Gardner is the sole artist and leatherworker of Embercraft Creations and leather masks are her signature skill. Throughout her 12 years of professional experience, she has striven to manifest myths and magic of centuries past into wearable art. Her work is carved with runes and symbols of power designed to help the wearer channel their inner intentions.
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Marin Gardner
Owner and Artist of Embercraft Creations

Format & Duration

By ordering this course and tool pack, you will receive access to 5 recorded classes (over 4 hours of videos), and a digital instruction manual of leather skills and terms.

This is an all-in-one course for you to use as a reference for all of your future mask crafting. This means that with just one purchase, you will have continuous access to this course anytime. 

Target Student

All levels are welcome to learn from this course. It is designed to be beginner-friendly, although new students are encouraged to take their time with the course and practice each new skill extensively before applying it to their mask project. This course covers many skills (beginner, intermediate, and advanced), some of which are very unique to Marin’s self-taught mask craft.

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Course Details

Embercraft Creations Mask - Mastering the Leather Mask - International Leather Club

Overview of What You Will Learn

Throughout this course, Marin will teach you how to design, tool, stitch, sculpt, and paint your own unique leather masks. Using your Tool Pack, outfitted with all of the tools and materials you need, you will learn all of the basic leatherworking skills and craft your own masks from start to finish. This is a recording of a live online course, so you will benefit from the questions and discussion of prior students as well.

For the fifth class, special guest Araminta Karlsson of Needfire Apothecary will be providing information for students on the mask traditions and practical applications for masking from a Nordic Folk Magic perspective.

Leathercrafting Glossary

This course includes a digital Leathercrafting Glossary with illustrations and instructions depicting many of the skills we cover in the class, and each class goes into detail about each skill and where to source more materials for future projects. But if you have any questions along the way, you can reach out to Marin via email at any time: marin@embercraftcreations.com

Meet Your Instructor

Hello, my name is Marin, and I’m the owner of Embercraft Creations.

I am an artist, leatherworker, and visual storyteller living in Boston, Massachusetts. I strive to manifest myths and magic of centuries past into wearable art, carved with runes and symbols of power designed to help the wearer channel their inner intentions. Though I find myself drawn to all of Mother Earth’s natural gifts, my medium of choice is leather. For the past joyful decade, my hands haven’t stopped stamping, carving, shaping, and crafting this ancient material. Every day I feel I learn a little more.

Course Curriculum

Here, you can download the digital leathercrafting glossary in PDF format, and also view a list of the tools and materials needed to craft your mask. It includes a link to purchase the optional Tool Pack on the Embercraft Creations website to supplement this online course.

Using the template in the tool pack as a starting point, learn how to create your unique mask design and transfer it onto leather. Get tips for designing, incorporating panels, and cutting out your mask.

This lesson covers how to carve and tool your leather mask pattern and hand-stitch leather panels to prepare your mask for molding.

In this lesson, you will learn the general rules of sculpting leather and techniques for shaping your mask to ensure it fits properly and holds its shape.

 

This lesson covers the various ways to add color and finish your leather mask. It includes tips for attaching the mask, adding decorative elements, and proper leather care.

 

This lesson includes a special presentation exploring various mask traditions and practical applications for masking from a Nordic Folk Magic perspective.

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Check out the lessons

Here are some screenshots from lessons in the course.

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Materials & Tools Required

You will need have the following items on hand:

  • Cutting board or countertop (Stone is recommended)
  • Lighter
  • Scissors
  • Bowl of water
  • Soft towel
  • Flathead Screwdriver
  • Items noted in the Tool and Materials pack below. You’ll need these items, thought might already have them if you do leather working. If you don’t have them yet, you can purchase the optional tool and materials pack with all of them included.

Optional Tool & Materials Pack

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If you’d like to get a variety of basic leathercrafting tools and 7/8 oz vegetable-tanned leather, you also might want to purchase the optional Tool Pack on the Embercraft Creations website ($100) to supplement this online course. It includes:

  • 8.5″x11″ piece of 7/8oz vegetable-tanned leather
  • 2 lengths of deerskin leather lacing
  • Basic mask template
  • Self-healing cutting mat
  • Utility knife
  • Set of 4 essential stamping tools
  • Wooden mallet
  • Wooden edge slicker
  • Beeswax block
  • 2 Leather stitching needles
  • Sponge
  • Sandpaper
  • Jar of leather sealer

FAQ

All levels are welcome to learn from this course. It is designed to be beginner-friendly, although new students are encouraged to take their time with the course and practice each new skill extensively before applying it to their mask project. This course covers many skills (beginner, intermediate, and advanced), some of which are very unique to Marin’s self-taught mask craft.

Once you complete the purchase and are logged in, you will see a menu option appear for this course under “My Courses”. There, you can click to enter the course, view the lessons, and then progress through each one at your own pace.

As a digital item where all assets are delivered instantly, there are generally no returns. We think you’ll find a lot of value in this course and what you can learn from it.

The course is on our responsively-designed platform, so it can be easily viewed and enjoyed on most common digital devices such as desktops, laptops, tablets, and mobile devices that have an internet connection.

You’ll have instant and ongoing access to the course.

Sure, my email will be available in the course, reach out anytime 🙂

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