PolyFacets craft plans are PDFs, developed for you to print, cut out and make beautiful, durable, faceted masks from three basic materials.
Because they’re supplied as PDFs, instead of in kit form, PolyFacets plans allow you to build as many masks as you want from each one, making them great for parades, craft groups, flash-mob type events and drama productions.
Designed to Last
In the development of Polyfacets Craft Plans, I spent a long time trying out different types of card, glues, tapes and double sided tapes. The build methods I have decided to use result in the best end products possible, using just card, Mod Podge and contact adhesive. Made according to the instructions, they are robust, flexible and waterproof, even if you make them with "cereal box" style recycled card.
The plans are designed to be easy to follow, with a numbered "tab" system for building, which makes every join strong, from end to end. Every plan comes with full instructions, including links to short video tutorials for each step.
Just how strong and waterproof are PolyFacets Masks?
Designed to be Enjoyed
My design process involves building a whole lot of prototypes, so it’s very important to me that making with my plans is an enjoyable experience. The instructions are step-by-step, so you won’t need to refer to them too often. You probably won’t even need them to make your second, third, fourth etc.
Trying out some new pass-times can be expensive, so I have kept the needs for tools and materials to the bare minimum, whilst making sure that the masks made with my plans deliver way more than you would expect.
You will need to bring hand skills and a little patience to be rewarded with the visceral thrill you’ll feel from seeing your pieces push and squeeze beautifully into an astonishing, strong, 3D form. Then you can happily spend as much time as you want on the decoration, knowing that you’re working on something that you built to last.
They’re highly suitable for many types of paint finish and strong enough to add on to with papier mache, or other extra parts, so they’re an excellent starting point for making for “fancy dress” or Cosplay.
Designed to Inspire
As children, most of us are makers.
From using cardboard boxes as props in pretend games, to building with dedicated toys, the urge to create comes ready formed.
Somewhere along the line, most of us unlearn how to play, which is a pity, because play is where a great deal of our learning and development takes place.
I want to encourage grown-ups to rediscover their creative selves, whilst taking time out to create something fascinating and easy to personalise.
Designed to be Decorated
Painting these faceted masks is brilliant for developing your artistic skills; they’re a different place to begin than a blank page, like a pre-shaped canvas. With shading techniques, you can give your mask a natural look, or you can use the faces to guide you for a more graphic style. The edges give you ready guidelines, so that you can create symmetrical patterns by eye.
Building from these plans is like “knitting with cardboard”. Make something amazing to wear - have your friends asking “Will you make one of those for me?”
TimelineThe first eight sets of plans are almost ready for release.
Plans will be sent as soon as possible once the campaign finishes.
All rewards should be fulfilled by 20th September 2015
Through your support, I will be able to buy a plot cutter to speed up developing new designs. I have made hundreds of these masks over the last few months, using a “Stanley” knife to cut them out. A plot cutter would give me back valuable extra hours for designing. I will be able to supply the plans in a file format ready for cutters, too.
Cutting the pieces is the longest part of the process, so this would be of great benefit to anyone who wants to make a lot of masks.
The better your support, the more I can do
At the moment, I make my videos and take product pics with a Fuji Finepix. I'd like to be able to produce better video quality, and to make a ton more tutorials, especially some more on making paints and different ways to decorate the masks and add textures.
I'm looking forward to creating plans for self-build decorative lights, combining the techniques I use for building with card, with the methods I used to make these light sculptures. I'll be aiming to keep similar modest demands for materials and tools, with plans to lead you by the hand to building amazing, illuminated art.
Risks and challenges
This is an entirely solo project, so I have taken great care to get it to a stage where I can be confident that I will be able to deliver.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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