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Weeping willow fox mask by DiardiWolf Weeping willow fox mask by DiardiWolf
The alders in the front line
Began the affray.
Willow and rowan tree
Were tardy in array.

~Part of Achren's riddle

My very first attempt in my life at weaving something.
I've never really kept myself busy with weaving stuff, be it straw, fabric, wool, or wood. I tried wire wrapping a few times, but it wasn't really my cup of tea either and I always ended up ragequitting.
I first wanted to make a basket, but although I found a tutorial with pictures and everything, I thought it was too complicated for a first try, so I decided to improvise something of my own.
This mask is fully improvised, and didn't require any planning ahead or designing before I started.

It is made out of weeping willow twigs, as I know some people who recently cut one down. I figured they wouldn't mind if I took some of the small twigs, they only use the bigger parts for firewood anyway.

Luckily, I'm not allergic to pollen. If I was, I would've died. There were pollen EVERYWHERE, covering everything around me. Man, it was a mess.
Though I'm not even in the least bit allergic to pollen, even my eyes were itching and my throat hurt after a while, which is saying something. (I felt like I was going to get a dust lung with all of those mini pieces of wood dust, tree bark and pollen flying around.xD)

The picture in the upper right corner is a close-up of the nose by the way, as you couldn't see it that well in the other pictures.

I worked an hour or 18 on this spread over 2 days, usually at night up until 3 or 4 AM as I don't have enough time to work on anything during the day.

It's a great wallhanger, and a reminder of one of my favorite trees. it can be worn, though it's not all that comfortable. Most certainly not if you're allergic to pollen or suffer from hay fever.:p
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Daily Deviation

Given 2012-07-08
Weeping willow fox mask by ~DiardiWolf This is made with weeping willow twigs, how unique! ( Suggested by PirateLotus-Stock and Featured by UnicornReality )
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Mr-Wolfification Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
i love it!, great job there!, keep up the good work :)
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:iconadamdeldesert:
adamdeldesert Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is stunningly beautiful, i love it sooooo much ^^
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:iconarchaia:
Archaia Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012   General Artist
Amazing! Vulpus and Willow combined, perfect!
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DoodleWithGlueGun Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012   Traditional Artist
Really good!
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:iconrainydragonsunrise:
RainyDragonSunrise Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012   Traditional Artist
it's a fox...that looks like a dragon...a dragon fox... O.O ...my deepest respects to you, good fellow...
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archangel1012345 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh~!!! so kewl~!!! lolz at first, though, i thought it was a dragon at first glance, but it's verry much a fox XD im so stupid XD sorry -.-\\
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doraleepee Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice! :love:
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sweetishbeast Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist
Whoa CREEPY. Like some wickerman-blair-witch-voodoo creepy shit. wicked :chainsaw:
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:iconspagettifox:
SpagettiFox Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so cool!!!!!!!!
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:iconkarinta:
Karinta Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh my god. That is wonderful! Such a beautiful weaving.
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:iconadreamdazer:
ADreamDazer Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Looks like all of your hrs were well spent on this piece. Great job!
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Darkstar1013 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Baskets are fairly simple, compared to a REALLY FANTASTIC FOX mask. This is just grand for your first attempt. I think you've found a good out let for your creative juices. Bravo/Brava.
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scoureroflostsouls Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Student
Oh wow, this is great!!
Congrats on the DD!
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:iconjasonthedemon:
JasontheDemon Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
Looks more like a "timber" wolf to me. Damn that was terrible, gonna need to work on that... but good job! I think you really earned that Daily Deviation!
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yingmakes Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Haha, I love how say a basket was too complicated but you were up for making a fox mask!! It looks just as complicated!!

You did an amazing job. :D
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Deranged-Dragon Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, one can really see the time you put into this. I can imagine it would be quite the undertaking to gather the materials and no bending the twigs so much that they snap.
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bertjandejong Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
beautiful idea love it too and that is bequase i love foxes and i could emediatly see that is was a fox head
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:iconthatpuggy:
ThatPuggy Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
god! this would make a awesome RPG equipment :O
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:iconkratr-the-loz-raver:
KraTr-the-LOZ-Raver Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
O.O Cool!
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:iconkenekochan01:
Kenekochan01 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing! It looks live you have been weaving masks forever! Love it!
InstaFave!
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:iconkat1004:
kat1004 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WTH!?!?! That's a FIRST attempt? It looks like you've been doing this forever!!!!!
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:iconhiddenbehindshadows:
HiddenBehindShadows Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
GAAAH That's so cool! :happybounce:
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feldrand Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
instant fave!!! for quite a while i've been thinking of doing something with willow twigs... this work of yours is so wonderful as well as inspiring and encouraging for me - thank you so much for sharing... :D

in return i send you a link to my photographic "willow solution"...
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i hope you like it... :D

congrats on your nice DD... :D
:sun:
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:iconmeruka7:
Meruka7 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Student General Artist
How beautiful!!!
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:iconpiratelotus-stock:
PirateLotus-Stock Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
YAY!
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:icondiardiwolf:
DiardiWolf Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you SO MUCH for suggesting this as a DD!!!:heart::iconhyperglompplz:
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PirateLotus-Stock Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
My pleasure, it's a really great work ^.^
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WhIppIng-b0y Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
You just winged it and got this outta it? Awesome possum
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:iconshadowkio:
Shadowkio Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
This is amazing!!! I can't believe its your first try!!! You must be a natural at this stuff :3
Keep going, I bet you could make some really amazing stuff
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AmayaElls Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Wonderful, especially for a first attempt, do keep up the good work.
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:icondiardiwolf:
DiardiWolf Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, and I'll try to keep it up, once I can find more twigs to work with.:)
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:iconprincessofashes:
PrincessofAshes Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That it extraordinary! So intricate and beautiful
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:icondiardiwolf:
DiardiWolf Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!:D
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:icongagapottertribute:
GagaPotterTribute Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
that is like...REALLY REALLY COOL!!!!
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:iconsuperaimster:
SuperAimster Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That must have taken ages, and it looks worth it. :)
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:icondiardiwolf:
DiardiWolf Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This was actually finished within two days, but it was certainly worth it.:)
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PirateLotus-Stock Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
Wow!
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:iconflying-cuttlefish:
flying-cuttlefish Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is great! Awesome idea using willow branches! :la:
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