While it is not a requirement to wear a face shield (face masks are to be worn on public transport and shops), a face shield can offer added protection from COVID-19, particularly if you work all day in contact with people, such as bar or shop work. Sewing blog hellosewing.com has created this handy DIY face shield method to help keep you protected if you are unable to social distance.
You will need:
• small plastic bucket with handle (seven inches in diameter)
• clear plastic sheet (letter sized, 8.5 inches x 11 inches)
• double sided tape (12 inches long x a quarter inch)
• 1/4 inch flat elastic (15 inches long)
• tape measure
• utility knife
• hole punch
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1. Draw a top cut line parallel to the top opening of the bucket. With the lid removed, cut the top of the bucket along this line with the utility knife.
Make sure the cut is clear and there are no sharp edges. Sand the cut edges smooth, if you have to.
2. To make the headband cut the top of the bucket in two, leaving the handle on one of the sides.
3. Round the corners with the utility knife so that the are no sharp edges pressing against your temples.
4. Carefully remove the handle from the cut part and put aside.
Measure one and a half inches in toward centre from each of the cut edges and mark the location of the new holes.
5. Punch a 1/8 of an inch hole with a hole punch on each side at the marked locations.
Snap the handle into the new holes you’ve just made.
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6. Apply the double-sided tape onto the handle avoiding any contact with the adhesive surface. Apply pressure to the tape using your fingers to make sure it adhered well to the handle.
7. Carefully remove the release liner, again avoiding contact with its surface.
8. Glue the handle to the shorter edge of the clear plastic sheet, one inch from the top edge of the sheet.
Apply pressure on the area using your fingers. Make sure it is fixed well.
9. Cut two pieces of thread, each six inches long. Insert the thread through one of the old handle holes and through the hole on the clear visor. Tie a knot and cut off the ends of the thread.
Pull the thread until you hide the knot inside the top part of the face shield. Repeat on the other side.
10. Cut a piece of the 1/4 inch elastic and use a lighter to melt the ends to prevent them from unravelling. Feed the elastic through the old handle holes, adjust the length if needed, and tie it off.
Pull the elastic to make sure nothing comes undone. Round the bottom corners wither with scissors.
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