Updated: Jun 30, 2020
When I first listed the face masks on the store, it was mostly for fun. Some of my friends in the US are essential workers and I wanted to make and send them some masks to keep them protected while at work. After getting some orders and testing the masks on myself, I made some adjustments from the original mask (instructions here) I made.
Our store now offers two variations of the mask: one is an upgraded version of the original mask (original), and the second is one with pockets (with pockets).
The Original Variation
This face mask features a built-in nose bridge strip which allows the top of the mask to fit on your face tighter. These strips are malleable and can be bent multiple times. In our R&D lab (*ahem* living room), we found that the metal will snap in half after about 115 times of being bent back and forth. As long as you take care of the mask and don't bend the metal strip excessively, it should last a while.
The "With Pocket" Variation
This looks just like the original variation except there are some hidden pockets for the nose bridge strip and filters.
For both variations, the straps are elastic bands with a toggle spring stop. This allows for a better fit and is easier/faster to put on or take off the mask (especially one-handed).
The masks are machine washable, although we strongly recommend hand washing to extend the lifetime of the mask. If you do machine wash the mask, please put it in a washer bag so that the harder bits (toggle, metal bridge) does not damage your other pieces of clothing. The mask should be washed in cold water with like colors. If you wish to iron it, please use a low setting and avoid the nose bridge strip and straps/toggle.
Special Note on Deliveries:
We have noticed that China Post is quite slow recently due to the travel restrictions put in place to stop the spread of the coronavirus. On average, shipments to the US by China Post have been taking 1 to 1.5 months and to to Europe it's been 1.5 to 2 months. Please get in touch with us if you're in a hurry to receive the masks and we'll try to find other options for you!
You can purchase a mask HERE. If you have supplies to make this type of mask (cloth, metal strip, toggle spring stop and elastic), contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org or @brunoandmea on Instagram) and we can walk you through how to make it! 😊