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  • Amateur mask makers on board?

    Im curious if theres anyone here who builds masks on the side...I'm NOT looking for a commercial mask maker...it's for a unique project I'm working on....
    Please PM me for details if anyone does it here...
    Thanks guys!

  • #2
    I can think of a few reasons why amateur mask making sounds like a titanic undertaking.

    1. Manufacturing equipment
    the materials masks are made of can be pretty harmful in certain forms during manufacturing. You need equipment to keep the work environment safe in a way you wouldn't, say, if you were making goalie pads. In addition is the required cutting implements, presses, and other uber expensive things to make the process move along smoothly and have a good product.

    2. Safety
    This is your skull, so safety is of the utmost priority when making a mask. How good are the safety protocols for someone who's only an amateur? Especially if you don't have experience apprenticing in the product, to what level of confidence can you be in the safety of your product?

    3. Start up costs
    gear, parts, training, safety equipment = astronomical start up costs.

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    • #3
      I'll bite...

      I have not built a masque, but have built several other usable items from composite. The initial cost does not have to be hugely expensive, but it can be staggering.

      In order to learn your chops, you would be building many rejects, as one proceedure in building is testing to failure. How one tests is subjective. I had pretty crude testing jigs, then I had university engineering students make testing jigs which were more effective in testing. Much talk of Priolo's puck cannon has been made. Knowing what I know, it doesn't need to be like that, though it is a demonstrative way to show your design works.

      Fibreglast.com is a very novice friendly, yet expensive place to start from in learning. what you will find from anyone who builds composites is that it is read, re-read, and read again. Also- most prototyping in composites seems cheap until you get into testing, etc. A one and done mould is cheap-ish, but may take many attempts to get right. One could be out of a LOT of material and time for a one-off, highly specialised part.

      Let me try to find the vintage goalie mask discussion page address. Though that board is so quiet that it makes this one look like it's hopping, there are quite a few garage masque tinkerers there hanging about.

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      • #4
        Our very own kicksave might be able to help you out.

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        • #5
          I have been making masks for the last 5 years or so. But between work and family I rarely get around to it anymore. I second what Bunny said about the vintage board. heres the url:

          bvintagegoaliemaskdiscussionpage.runboard.com

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