Merchant of Venice
All works including
artwork, masks and costume designs and text,
on this page and throughout this site are
Thank you for adopting
a mask from The Merchant of Venice.
With the proper care that
should be given to any fine leather product,
your mask will enhance
your fantasies and costumes
for years to come, and
a wild and beautiful
The Merchant of Venice,
If I have left out any salient points,
please e-mail me: firstname.lastname@example.org
. . not so much codes, they're more like guidelines, . .
1. Avoid crushing
the mask, . . . to keep its shape, support the interior with balled paper
(do not use newsprint, it smudges horribly). Or better still, store (and
display!) your mask on a wig or hat stand. I use styrofoam wig-heads
for my personal masks and headdresses.
mask out of prolonged exposure to sunlight, as this can fade the colors
and cause the leather to dry excessively, and possibly crack. (Remember
that it used to be skin.)
damp, . . . fog might be okay, but not drizzle or rain, and whatever
you do, don't drop it in the punchbowl. There are few things more undisciplined
than a wet, stained, and drunken mask.
careful of stains, even if your mask is varnished. Leather is a
porous material that takes color very well, and stains on it tend to be
5. This bears
repeating: The masks themselves are awfully sturdy, however, some
of the feathers may not be colorfast (blame the manufacturers, not me)
and if mishandled the quills can break.
Also, the beadwork
threads can break if sufficiently stressed, so -- Do - Not - Pull -
On - Them.
and other such procedures are a no-no. The chemicals in them can and will
harm the finishes on your mask. You have been warned.
7. Please refrain
from teasing your mask. Cranky masks can be very uncooperative.
to wear your mask from time to time so it won't feel neglected. You are
expected to provide a good home for your new mask.
Purchase of any mask(s) does not
constitute a transfer of any copyrights.
Merchant of Venice
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