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193: Mask Instructions

May 6, 2020

After watching a few videos and trying out about 4 designs, I settled on these modified instructions.

There is no elastic in this design, primarily because I didn’t have any at the time. I thought that tying the cord would be an annoying step, but I found that, once I sized the cord to my head, I didn’t have to untie it. I could quickly take it off and on by sliding the loop over my head.

For the wire, I actually used a piece of 12-gauge Romex electrical wire, which is probably overkill, and I know not everybody has some laying around, so I didn’t include that in the illustration. But I’d definitely¬† recommend going for a more rigid wire than a twist tie (hence my recommending two). It takes some finesse to bend it right, but once you dial it in, the fit is very secure. Your cheekbones take the load, and you don’t get a squished-flat nose.

Oh yeah. I suppose I should mention, the instructions assume you have a sewing machine, and thread.

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  1. Andrew Hepworth permalink
    June 19, 2020 7:59 pm

    I’m not talented enough to do this on my own but I gave the instructions to a friend who sewed the masks for us. Good public service posting,

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