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Announcement    Designers and crafters of geek and elegant Venetian masks. Steampunk, Sci-fi, fantasy, comic, vintage... One-of-a-kind masks, 100% hand-crafted, 100% customizable.


Designers and crafters of geek and elegant Venetian masks. Steampunk, Sci-fi, fantasy, comic, vintage... One-of-a-kind masks, 100% hand-crafted, 100% customizable.


Mª Carmen Rondón

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Mª Carmen Rondón


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About OnceUponAFreak

Sales 379
On Etsy since 2013

Who said water and oil can't be mixed?

Once upon a time a smart engineer princess hung out with a mad geek artist.
Talking about decoration we realize we have opposite points of view:
'Are we going to hang up all this geek things in MY house?'
'Am I going to have all my TREASURIES jailed in boxes?'
'WHY nobody sells geek AND beautiful collectibles?'

So we decided to solve it. Cause there are lots of geek COF COF I mean, interesting people, that have the right of enjoy beautiful and smart things that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg just because they have a serial number.
We mixed our passions –venetian masks and geek things- and… ok, you can see the result now.
But in order to do really beautiful things we couldn’t buy industrial masks and paint it. We needed to do it by ourselves, cause that’s the only way to assure our masks will be perfect.
We sculpt our own masks in clay, take a mould of them and after we use this mould to ‘positive’ your mask in papier maché. Not paper paste, not vinyl, we do it the ancient Italian way. The name of this technique is ‘cartapesta’ and consists in putting several layers of little pieces of paper soaked up in glue until it take consistency. Once the mask become dry, we coat it with some layers of home-made gesso, sanding it between layer and layer in order to get the desired surface.
At last, we paint it, add cool ornament and varnish it.
This is a long process (a small mask takes at least 5 hours to be crafted without counting waiting times) made with love for hand-made lovers.
But a a look is worth a thousand words so… why tell you more?

Shop members

  • Maricarmen

    Owner, Designer

    Engineer, creative, fidget-arse, bookworm, Major Queen of the World. She loves little pretty things. Don't call her a 'geek', she thinks she isn't such thing. Maybe strange, she admites that. Sometimes.

  • Mª Mar

    Owner, Sculptor

    Designer, sculptor. I like more a costume than Hagrid loves an strange egg. But not the crappy ones. I like those made with real things and planification. And here we are, making fantabolous things.

Shop policies

Last updated on October 9, 2018
All of our masks are 100% handcrafted by us, by the first step.
Due this, it could be sightly diferent by photos, specially those wich use its relief texture to simulate stains, leather texture, etc.
This way we make unique mask for each buyer.

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Apple Pay Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns
Contact me within: 3 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 14 days of delivery
I don't accept exchanges or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Items on sale
Returns and exchange details
EU buyers have a right of withdrawal of 14 days from receipt of the product. For obvious reasons, custom items nor shipping and handling are not included.

We are not responsible for items damaged or lost during shipment. If the parcel becomes damaged the buyer must record with the carrier at the time of receipt in order to claim to the transport agency. For shipments to Spain there is the possibility of hiring an extra insurance. For the rest of countries, please contact us -insurance to US shippments is not allowed, sorry :(.
Paypal is acepted.
Once payment was notified to us, your item will be dispatched in 1-2 working days -except custom orders or masks without stock made by order, please read item description or 'Shipping' tab info, wich shows our specific crafting time for each mask.

Shipping inside European Union, USA and Canadá will be dispatched via DHL. Duty charges that may be added at your Customs office are not included.
IMPORTANT: PLEASE, PROVIDE US A CONTACT PHONE. It will be used by the carrier for faster delivering.
Additional policies and FAQs
Approximate delivery times:
Spain: 2-5 days.
EU: 48 hours
USA and Canada: 72 hours.