TetraVariations

DIY Paper Masks, Puppets, and more - just for fun!

Whittier, California | 8999 Sales

TetraVariations

DIY Paper Masks, Puppets, and more - just for fun!

Whittier, California 8999 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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Announcement   Take a look at the new Toon Style masks! Have some fun and play around with new designs with a rounder, sillier, cartoonier look!

I design patterns that anyone can use to build masks, puppets, and even decorative lamps out of just paper and glue. They make great weekend or afternoon projects for kids or kids-at-heart!

Take a look at my designs and see what you like. Our shop curator, Mister T-Rex, will also be happy to answer any questions you might have. Thanks for visiting!

Announcement

Last updated on Nov 21, 2018

Take a look at the new Toon Style masks! Have some fun and play around with new designs with a rounder, sillier, cartoonier look!

I design patterns that anyone can use to build masks, puppets, and even decorative lamps out of just paper and glue. They make great weekend or afternoon projects for kids or kids-at-heart!

Take a look at my designs and see what you like. Our shop curator, Mister T-Rex, will also be happy to answer any questions you might have. Thanks for visiting!

Matthew

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About

You Never Know...

It was a dark and stormy night.

Well... maybe not. It was probably a rather ordinary afternoon when I started playing with a Dremel and produced a Dr. Who inspired etching. Then months later, I decided to produce a seven foot tall paper Samus Aran statue. Weird thoughts just hit me now and then, and sometimes I'm compelled to make them a reality, just to see if I can.

Somehow, a good chunk of what I've started focusing on has become computer models and papercraft patterns. If you have something you want designed and built, let me know. The shop has examples of what I've done, and there are a few more on this page. Hit me up, and we'll see if we can make it happen.

Swing by the Shop website for some free desktop toy patterns, and don't forget the Twitter and Instagram feeds, run by our resident T-Rex! Links below.

Shop members

  • Matthew

    Owner, Creator, Designer

    "Huh... That might be interesting..." I'm a man who can't decide on anything, so I do a little bit of everything.

  • Mister T-Rex

    Mascot, Customer Service

    "It's hard being a t-rex in a mammal's world."

Shop policies

Last updated on March 31, 2016
Hello, and welcome to Tetra Variations!
I design paper creations (and occasionally other things) to build and play with. I hope you enjoy my little creations. If you see something you like but want just a little change, let me know and we'll see if we can make something work.

Accepted payment methods

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Apple Pay
  • Klarna
  • Sofort
  • Ideal
  • Paypal
  • GiftcardAccepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
If you are not satisfied, please contact me. I'll be happy to work with you.

For digital and instant download items, please note that refunds cannot be made once items are downloaded.

For physical items, let me know the reason for the return and we can determine the best way to get the item back to me. Item refunds are possible, but please know that shipping costs cannot be refunded.
Payment
I accept Etsy direct payments and Paypal and anything associated with it (credit, debit, transfer). No need to sign up for Paypal if you don't have an account - they'll take credit card payments without having to sign up.
Shipping
Most items are digital and are available immediately after purchase is verified, usually within seconds!

All physical items should be shipped within 2 business days.
If shipping turns out to be significantly less than listed, I'll be happy to refund the extra where I can!

If you would like insurance, delivery confirmation, or other features, please contact me before purchasing in order to add these features.
Additional policies and FAQs
Interested in something custom made? Just ask!

More information

Last updated on Nov 12, 2017
Frequently asked questions
1. What Comes with a Pattern/Kit?

Patterns include a PDF with parts and instructions. You must print out the parts on paper or cardstock to build your creation. Most patterns can be downloaded immediately after payment. In a few cases, you will receive, after a delay for processing, an invitation to join a Dropbox folder where you can download the necessary files.

Kits are shipped to you with a pattern and pieces already cut out for your convenience.

2. What Do I Need to Build a Pattern/Kit?

For patterns, you will need a PDF reader such as Adobe Acrobat, card stock or card board (old file folders can work great!), access to a printer or printing service, scissors or a craft (e.g., X-acto) knife (both can be helpful), and a cutting surface (self-healing mat, old cereal box, or something similar).

For both patterns and kits, you will need glue or strong tape.

We also recommend having something to watch or listen to in the background while you work.

3. What Paper Do You Recommend?

The patterns are intended for US Letter sized paper (8.5 x 11″) or A4 (some printers may cut off edges when printing. In such cases, be sure to refer to the PDFs on your screen).

For paper type, we recommend 65 lb card stock (170 gsm). This card holds up fairly well and comes in a wide variety of colors. 110 lb (200 gsm) stock will also work well.

Alternatively, you can trace the pattern onto old, sturdy materials like index files, manila folders, or cereal boxes. Some customers have also used thin foam core and cardboard. These will require eliminating tabs from the pattern and requires care when folding.

4. What Glues Do You Recommend?

Most white glues work quite well. We're fond of Alene's Tacky Glue. Note that only a small amount of glue is necessary – too much, and the paper will dampen and warp. Some customers have found hot glue to be effective, though it can be tricky in tight spaces and be bulky.

If using tape, clear packing tape is a fast and strong way of constructing our patterns, though it can be difficult to paint (a coat of primer can help). Some customers have used magic or invisible tape effectively, though we recommend taking care that the tape is strong and adheres well.

5. How Long Does It Take to Build?

Unfortunately, it's difficult to say. It will vary depending on the size and complexity of the pattern/kit, your skill as a builder, and the methods and materials you use to build.

Particularly simple patterns (3-5 pages) can take about an hour if done quickly. Some other patterns (17+ pages) may take 8 or more hours of work if done with precision.

6. Is It Difficult To Build?

Our patterns all come with estimates of difficulty:
* Easy
* Easy-Medium
* Medium
* Medium-Hard
* Hard

However, it's difficult to say for sure how challenging any particular person will find our designs. We've seen 6 year old boys put together our most challenging kits with no trouble. On the other hand, we've had a few adults give up in frustration with simpler patterns. Some call our instructions and method of building simple. Others say it's quite complicated. This variety makes it hard to say what you'll think.

If you're a fairly crafty type of person, we think you'll find it fairly straightforward. Some reviewers have called the process "fun" and "relaxing".

7. Do Your Designs Come in Color?

A few do, particularly the video game patterns, but most do not. Printing onto colored card stock can produce some lovely results, and some patterns have recommendations on colors to print each page to. Alternatively, you can paint your finished designs and create something intricate and wonderful.

8. Do You Ship Finished Products? Do You Make Custom Patterns?

We may be able to build and ship products for you, depending on our workload at the time. Bear in mind that this requires additional costs due to the labor involved.

We're happy to consider custom requests for patterns and kits, so please ask! We may have to turn down some requests due to licensing issues, feasibility, or other matters, but we've had many happy customers bring great ideas that we enjoy bringing to life.