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.
The upgraded masks now feature a 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.
We've also switched out the fabric ties for elastic bands and 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 to the USA:
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. Many orders that we have mailed out three weeks ago are still "in transit." Since masks are needed NOW, we will send face mask orders via express mail in weekly batches to our US fulfillment center (*ahem* friend) who will then send each package domestically in order to get orders to you ASAP.
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 @brunothebratdog on Instagram) and we can walk you through how to make it! 😊