We just prepped “welcome boxes” for the new students at our university, since the majority will be attending classes from home. As such, we had a bunch of masks we were sending out, and I got to take a number home. So… I’ve got “a few” to say the least
I bought a bunch from a local t shirt company in bulk, at the outset, before they jacked the prices up.
And then a family friend started making them, so we’ve been steadily getting a couple a week, and they’ve been piling up, since they’re all washable
My face can be too large for some of them, so I like the octogonal style with ties a little better than the pleated rectangular style with elastic loops, as the latter can sometimes push my nose down and make breathing harder.
I have a variety. My problem is that too many were made for children although they are supposedly for adults. The ear loops are too short, making my ears stick out and the ear loops slowly working themselves free from my ears. Also the material fits so snug against my mouth that speech is muffled.
I am still in search of a mask that fits comfortably.
@Kidsandliz Initially I made them with the pocket but no one added filters and the fabric started to fray inside after a few washings so I stopped.
I spent $200 on elastic, I’m not buying more. Knit elastic is more comfortable than braided. Some have elastic around the head and I have a few 3D printed ear savers.
I wasn’t trying to sell them. Really!
@callow Well considering what people want/need you should. If you finished the seam on the divider for the pocket then it wouldn’t fray. Also that farbic anti fray “glue” might work. Of course doing either costs more money and takes more time. If we are going to buy them anyway might as well have a fellow meh person benefit from our purchase.
As far as filters it may be that people didn’t konw where to get them or what to make them out of. Toolbox and Zep industrial blue shop rags have about the same filtration as surgical masks. People can cut their own and that stuff is cheap. A Toolbox roll is about $3 and the Zep box is about $5.
@Kidsandliz People do not want/need them enough to pay me for my time. I have a full time business making custom window treatments and soft furnishings, a home and family to care for, and an elderly relative to shop for and help out. I spent enough weekends sewing well made masks for those who need them and am probably still didn’t make back the money I spent on materials.
I bought a bunch of masks from old navy which are great for the family members who don’t wear glasses. I bought a bag of wires on Amazon for my masks and am sewing them into the top- it helps with fogging. So far they wash well.
I am not sure what constitutes “quite a few,” but I have four reusable ones. Since I never go anywhere and have had only one houseguest, who also lives alone and is WFH, I have never worn them except to try one on. They are a bit small and I will sacrifice my beard today for a better fit, since my houseguest is returning and we will probably go out. I ordered these without much thought since they match an art print on my wall. An artist friend put some of her designs up on one of those sites that produces everything from shirts to mugs from your design, and they had masks. If I start going out more I will probably get something larger.
The Corporation, Inc. sent us a half-dozen reusable cloth masks and four disposable masks. I also made two from scratch, my sister made another one for me, and I often use a modified bandanna for cover.
I rocked my shop respirator (modified to filter the air going out as well as coming in) for most of the spring, but that thing’s miserable to wear once the temperature gets above 75 or so. Now I’m mostly using reusable cloth masks, and keeping a bandanna in the truck for when I forget to grab one on the way out.
I have a couple of disposable ones I got from work (Target) then bought some of my own which may or may not be the correct type: Wish.com one with a nozzle; Two from Amazon with anime designs. They all have one thing in common:
I bought a couple without the nose stems and the heat was going right into my eyes. Very uncomfortable and caused so much sweating. I haven’t tried the online ordered masks yet, but I did buy a pack of 2 cloth ones with nose stems and they seem to do well.
I will try the other masks once I have the filters.