This post aims for two goals. One is to show how ridiculously easy this project is to make. The hardest part is peeling the box! Scroll down to a photo-rich series of instructions. My second goal is to capture, however imperfectly, the 180-degree switcheroo I went through, from resistance to pride in the making. How did I accomplish such a changeover?! What got me past my emotional wall of resistance and refusal? (There certainly were tears!) It seems to me the phenomenon of volte-face is more interesting than usual these days.
If you collect Breyers and are reasonably handy (i.e. you have a hole punch somewhere in the house), the ingredients for a face shield like this should be lying around. One: a Trad scale horse. I chose this one because it was his turn to be opened.
The argument for a face shield is that it protects the eyes. It also enhances the protection of a mask, redirecting air currents around the face. I don't disagree with the science. What I didn't like was the sheer unfairness of asking even more from somebody who'd already given so much... where does this stop, we've gone from paper masks to fabric to gloves to changing grocery stores to... and also there's Embarrassment.
I really like a face shield that extends as far down as this. Of course there are different Breyer box sizes, and different face sizes too. This pattern was cut by eye: I have no pattern to give away or sell.
I used drafting templates to help shape the corner curves, and a leather hole punch to make the holes. The hole is about one inch in from all the edges. The curves could easily be done by eye.
I held the sheet of plastic around the cap's bill (or shade), while wearing the cap, to find the best place to punch the holes. In this case the best spot for the hinge hole was in the strap, close to the edges of the bill.
It was a lovely coincidence that the horse whose box this was should be wearing a mask himself.