Many residents are putting their talents to use during this virus epidemic by creating masks for medical personnel and citizens.
Stephenville resident Bonnie Inman started creating masks after her daughter, an allergy specialist in Denton, told her that she had been wearing the same mask for a week.
“As soon as my daughter told me that she couldn’t have a clean mask, that prompted me to go to work,” she said.
So far, Inman has created about 30 masks with varying designs.
“I wanted to make them in colors so they wouldn’t be so drab,” she said. “My original intent was to put their names or their initials on them but I'm not going to have time to do that with the amount that’s needed.”
Inman makes masks in different sizes, including sizes made specifically for children.
“I’m trying to use common sense,” she said. “A lot of people are saying use vacuum cleaner bags, but if you can’t breathe through whatever you put in there and if you’re drawing air from around the edges, it’s not going to protect you. I'm trying to make them breathable. I'm going to make them with a slot where if they want to put something else in there, they can.”
Inman said she will not charge anyone for the masks but will accept donations.
“I don’t know that [the masks] would stop the virus; I just think that it would probably be better than nothing,” she added.
For more information about Inman’s masks, call her at 940-597-5981.
Another Stephenville resident Chris Wernert started creating masks that are somewhat unorthodox.
Wernert, owner of Dragon Skin Armory, came up with the idea to use extra leather from his shop to create leather masks.
“I couldn’t sleep one night and at three in the morning, I was like, ‘What can I do?’” Wernert said. “I was like ‘Hey, I’m going to make masks. I'm going to change up a pattern and make a mask and anybody in emergency medical personnel will get them for free because they're front line.’ It’s giving back to the community and it’s a little something I can do.”
Wernert currently makes helmets for customers to use when they cosplay. He decided to take a faceplate that goes over the helmet and modified it into a mask.
For each mask, Wernert carves a unique design specific to each customer.
“I've done dragons, skulls, tribal, Viking, My Little Pony, unicorn – those are for the kids,” he added with a laugh.
For medical personnel, Wernert is making the masks for free. If an individual wants a mask for personal use, he charges $30.
He has currently sold 80 masks.
“I still have a little bit of leather left for anybody that might need them,” he added.
For more information, contact Wernert at 254-876-6966.