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Week 5 Fabrication: Materials and Fasteners

Halloween is my favorite holiday, so for this week’s project, I wanted to make something Halloween themed. Ever since I learned that felt could be laser cut, I have wanted to make a project with it. With this in mind, I decided to make a Halloween mask. I looked at several examples, and decided to make a cat mask like the one below.

 INSPIRATION

INSPIRATION

Materials

-Multicolored felt, with one sheet of stiffened felt.

-Leather cord

-Metal rivets and riveting tools

-Velcro strip with adhesive sides

-Thread and needle

Process

The first thing I did was laser cut the felt. I created the template freehand in Illustrator, loosely based on my inspiration image above. I did several test sheets, measuring them against my face and making adjustments. I planned to make the mask out of felt and use the leather as a strap to go around the wearer’s head. My plan was to attach the felt pieces together by sewing (which, until Tuesday, I did not know how to do) and use rivets to secure the leather strap to the mask. However, upon discussion with Sandy in the soft lab (thank you!!!) I decided to only secure one side with rivets and to use velcro on the other side, so that the mask would be adjustable. (NOTE: Hand-punching holes in leather with a hole puncher…really hurts your hands!)

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Big thanks to Dylan and Rashida for helping me model the adjustability of the mask.

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As a final touch, I sewed on eyebrows to make the eyes more cat-eye shaped, and sewed some simple whiskers. I think I’m pretty set for Halloween now!

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