The rest of the weekend passed and I did indeed manage to start on my A&S project. A leather plague doctor mask.
Behold my elite leather working set up with high tech binder clips.
I used a cream leather from my stash and an imitation sinew that I've been looking to use for a while which goes beautifully well with the tone of the leather. I pre-pierced the sewing holes with an awl and have been sewing the seams in what I could best describe as a variation of a butt seam.
The first part of the nose seam was hard going, but after a completely necessary ice-cream break, my hands remembered what they were doing and got properly into the swing of the stitch. I should be able to complete the lower part of the nose and hopefully the glass circles I've ordered for the eye pieces won't be too much longer about arriving.
This mask may well end up being a prototype so I can learn the method before I remake it, this time paying proper attention to the historical methods.