Our metalsmith has been spending a lot of time looking at close up photos of insects. Presumably, the folks who invented all the outer space critters from old sci-fi did the same. The crest on this one is just spectacular. As always, this piece is raised from one flat sheet of copper, with no seams. This makes it strong and flexible. One might think that this technique would limit out metalsmith's designs, but she just keeps getting better.
The wonder of a copper mask is in the strength and give of the material. Because it is so strong, the mask can be very thin- this makes it both very light, and makes it possible to fit as a second skin. These won't block your peripheral vision the way a leather. paper maiche, or plastic mask would. They can be very comfortably worn all day and night- no worries about sweat or rain causing them to soften and lose their shape. Rinse it with clean water at the end of the night before putting it away. They can stand up to anything you throw at them. As for packing? Throw it in your bag. If you're checking the bag, maybe stuff a balled up pair of socks where your forehead would go. Easy.
Not planning to wear your mask? He or she won't mind. They can hang flat against a wall, or sit on a shelf.