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  • kickaha commented on ashevillejm's instructable DIY Cloth Face Mask
    DIY Cloth Face Mask

    We have been making these masks for our own use, and for friends and co-workers, since shortly after you posted this, way back when.One minor nit I've had is that my large head seems to make the elastic loops we put into the channels on the mask ends bunch up, causing the mask to gap away from my head. The masks also tend to droop from this as well.I recently designed what I hope people may find a useful addition: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4592710.This is a rigid plastic bar, sized to fit through the channels, with eyelet holes on each end. We loop the elastic through the eyelets, and the bar sits against my head, holding the mask flat. Also, the elastic now 'pulls' directly out from the mask, and they don't tend to sag as much as they did.I hope this is useful to some folks out …

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    We have been making these masks for our own use, and for friends and co-workers, since shortly after you posted this, way back when.One minor nit I've had is that my large head seems to make the elastic loops we put into the channels on the mask ends bunch up, causing the mask to gap away from my head. The masks also tend to droop from this as well.I recently designed what I hope people may find a useful addition: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4592710.This is a rigid plastic bar, sized to fit through the channels, with eyelet holes on each end. We loop the elastic through the eyelets, and the bar sits against my head, holding the mask flat. Also, the elastic now 'pulls' directly out from the mask, and they don't tend to sag as much as they did.I hope this is useful to some folks out there.Thank you for your innovation at the start of the pandemic. I think you have saved lives. :)

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  • kickaha commented on ashevillejm's instructable DIY Cloth Face Mask
    DIY Cloth Face Mask

    This is fantastic project. I have a couple of notes that I hope will be helpful.As I have a huge head, we took the Mask 1 pattern and just drew a half-inch line around the outside to generate a larger pattern. We extended the 'wing' dimension of piece A to extend the mask even further toward my ears. That's about three-quarters inch longer.We have found that a bit of a modification to the construction order makes for a tidier mask. We hem the ends of piece B, but do not hem piece A until we have joined the two pieces together. This lets us center the pieces together, and sets the location for the tapered hem, and for the folded over 'tube' for the elastic/ties to meet up with the edge of piece B. There's no need to mark the location for the tapered bit, and if you're off a bit, you can …

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    This is fantastic project. I have a couple of notes that I hope will be helpful.As I have a huge head, we took the Mask 1 pattern and just drew a half-inch line around the outside to generate a larger pattern. We extended the 'wing' dimension of piece A to extend the mask even further toward my ears. That's about three-quarters inch longer.We have found that a bit of a modification to the construction order makes for a tidier mask. We hem the ends of piece B, but do not hem piece A until we have joined the two pieces together. This lets us center the pieces together, and sets the location for the tapered hem, and for the folded over 'tube' for the elastic/ties to meet up with the edge of piece B. There's no need to mark the location for the tapered bit, and if you're off a bit, you can correct the lay of the fabric in place.I hope I've described this well enough. Again, thanks. We're slowly making additional masks to distribute. Be well, all.

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  • Hi,This looks great. I will definitely be looking at building one of these.I have a suggestion to offer on the build process. I make all sorts of holders, etc., with PVC pipe. I have found that, once I have my pipe parts lined up and squared, I can hold things steady with a small sheet-metal screw, instead of glue. The press-fit of the pipe really only needs to be pinned in place.I drill a small hole in in the 'joint', in a location that won't interfere with standing (or movement, in a project like this), and use brass screws for outside projects, or any screw for inside, and I've never had a bit of loosening.I've found that this eliminates the fumes (obviously) and that I can tinker with projects in the future without throwing away all the glued-up bits, if I need to tweak dimensions. Si…

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    Hi,This looks great. I will definitely be looking at building one of these.I have a suggestion to offer on the build process. I make all sorts of holders, etc., with PVC pipe. I have found that, once I have my pipe parts lined up and squared, I can hold things steady with a small sheet-metal screw, instead of glue. The press-fit of the pipe really only needs to be pinned in place.I drill a small hole in in the 'joint', in a location that won't interfere with standing (or movement, in a project like this), and use brass screws for outside projects, or any screw for inside, and I've never had a bit of loosening.I've found that this eliminates the fumes (obviously) and that I can tinker with projects in the future without throwing away all the glued-up bits, if I need to tweak dimensions. Since this sort of project doesn't need water-tight connections, pinning the joints in place should last for years.Again, thanks for publishing this. Great work!Cheers!

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