Wintercroft

Make your own animal masks from reclaimed card

Scarborough, United Kingdom · 60112 Sales

Wintercroft

Make your own animal masks from reclaimed card

Scarborough, United Kingdom 60112 Sales On Etsy since 2013

5 out of 5 stars
(2960)

Announcement   Simple, environmentally friendly and most importantly Fun!
We supply downloadable templates and instructions that enable you to turn unwanted card into beautiful 3D masks that you can build and decorate yourself. The instructions are easy to follow so that the masks can be assembled by anyone, using local materials and removing the need for mass manufacturing or shipping.
ALL MASKS ARE FULLY COMPATIBLE WITH BOTH US LETTER PAPER AND A4

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Last updated on Mar 24, 2016

Simple, environmentally friendly and most importantly Fun!
We supply downloadable templates and instructions that enable you to turn unwanted card into beautiful 3D masks that you can build and decorate yourself. The instructions are easy to follow so that the masks can be assembled by anyone, using local materials and removing the need for mass manufacturing or shipping.
ALL MASKS ARE FULLY COMPATIBLE WITH BOTH US LETTER PAPER AND A4

Steve Wintercroft

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About

Beautiful masks Made by You

My name is Steve Wintercroft and since 2013 my wife, Marianne and I have been designing and supplying digital patterns that help creative people and festival goers around the globe make their own incredible masks from waste card. Our unique masks have been worn in operas, music videos, TV shows and political campaigns. As part of a global community we regularly collaborate with international musicians, artists, fashion designers, photographers, and animal welfare campaigners. We love to help other people to make amazing things.

MASKS FROM SCRAP

A few years ago, I received an invite to a friend’s Halloween party but struggling for costume ideas and short of time, I raided the recycling bin and gathered together a pile of packaging cardboard. Then sat down with some parcel tape, a pair of scissors and plenty of hot tea. An hour or so later and after some trial and error I had made myself an animal mask. Everyone at the party loved the mask so we developed the idea of supplying a product that would help other people to make their own masks. Our goal was to create a set of masks that could be built by anyone, using local materials, removing the need for mass manufacturing or shipping and with the minimum environmental impact.

We love spontaneous creativity and by supplying our templates and instructions digitally you can access them instantly. This means that having chosen a mask you can download, print and be building it within minutes.

I have a strong belief that making things is a very valuable part of being human, it enriches our lives and gives us control over the objects that we surround ourselves with. Although some people are not naturally gifted makers, with the right tools and guidance anyone can make something of beauty and value. Through our templates and instructions, we supply you with all the knowledge that you need to build the mask but leave plenty of scope for you to be creative. By customising and decorating the mask yourself it becomes unique and personal. Thousands of people have built masks from our templates but each one is unique; an illustration of the makers efforts and imagination.

REDUCE:

By supplying the templates digitally and enabling people to build the masks themselves, there is no energy wasted on manufacturing or shipping.

REUSE:

The masks are intended to be built from discarded, reused or recycled card. For example old packaging boxes are ideal.

RECYCLE:

When you have finished with your mask you can strip the tape off and throw it in with the recycling.

If you have any questions please check my polices page for a list of Frequently Asked Questions.

You can read more about my masks and see lots of examples of masks built and painted by customers on my shop website: www.wintercroft.com

We also run an jewellery store on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/WintercroftJewellery

Shop members

  • Steve Wintercroft

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    Hi my name is Steve Wintercroft, I’m passionate about handmade, craftsmanship and quality. I build fine custom surfboards and other beautiful, functional objects including Bento boxes, pots and furniture.

  • Marianne Wintercroft

    Owner

  • Fletcher Stewart

    Agent 3

    Greetings Wintercroft builders! My name is Fletch and I'm here to answer your questions, share your creations on social media and write about some of the wild Wintercroft adventures that you share with us. Stay tuned and keep in touch.

  • Roger Povey

    Customer Support

    Hello Etsy world! I'm Rog and I'm here to help walk you through the process of interacting with the exciting world of Wintercroft Masks, books and jewellery. Always here to help!

Production partners

  • Carlton Books

    United Kingdom

    We worked closely with the team at Carlton Books who helped us by offering editorial guidance and technical expertise.

  • Leo Paper Group

    China

    We chose Leo Paper Group to print our books. In the print industry Leo sets very high ethical and social standards and have won various environmental awards.

  • Shapeways

    Netherlands

    Shapeways as they are a high quality 3D print service that are always pushing forward what is possible using new technology.

Shop policies

Last updated on June 7, 2018
All of the designs offered here are unique and original to me, Steve Wintercroft.
I’ve made every effort to describe and represent the designs I have for sale accurately.
Most of my designs are digital products that you download, print at home in 2d and build in 3d. All the digital templates I sell were designed to be handmade from materials of your choice. There will always be variations between the designs I feature in my photos and your final creations. These variations should be appreciated as a natural part of working in organic materials with a handmade process and they make each piece of work you produce individual and unique.

We do also sell a range of one-off jewellery pieces. Our pendants are made in small batches and are finished by hand, this can produce subtle differences in the surface texture making each pendant unique. We ship our pendants worldwide in beautiful hand-folded boxes. Measurements and sizes are approximate and given as a guide.

In addition we are proud to offer a range of fantastic books in conjunction with our publisher Carlton Books of London. Every book contains a fully printed and illustrated pop-out-and-build mask, full instructions and each book purchased via Etsy features a Voucher for a Free Digital Mask of your choice.

BY PURCHASING AND DOWNLOADING OUR DIGITAL MASK TEMPLATES YOU ARE AGREEING TO THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF USE:

THE FILES ARE PROTECTED BY COPYRIGHT AND ARE NOT TO BE SHARED OR DISTRIBUTED IN ANY WAY.

THE TEMPLATES AND COMPLETED MASKS ARE FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY.

THE MASKS AND TEMPLATES WILL NOT BE USED FOR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES WITHOUT PRIOR CONSENT.

SELLING ITEMS MADE FROM OUR TEMPLATES IS PROHIBITED.

THE MASKS ARE A PERSONAL CRAFT PROJECT - PLEASE DO NOT USE THEM FOR PROFIT.

Should you have any questions or ideas then please get in touch. I'd love to hear from you.
Steve Wintercroft

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
DIGITAL PURCHASES
IMPORTANT: If our product is not what you expected and you do not want it, please DO NOT download any files and I will issue you with a full refund. Once you have downloaded the digital file we are unable to offer you a refund. If there is a fault with the file or if the file is not as described, please contact me within one week and I'll do all that i can to resolve the problem.
PHYSICAL PRODUCTS
Returns and exchanges
Our policy is valid for 30 days. If 30 days have gone by since you received your purchase, unfortunately we can’t offer you a refund or exchange.

To be eligible for a return/exchange, your item must be unused and in the same condition that you received it in. It must also be in its original packaging.

To complete your return we will require you to enclose your receipt as proof of purchase.
We will replace any items if they are defective or damaged. If you would like an exchange, contact us through your order or you can always find us here: https://www.etsy.com/uk/people/wintercroft
Please send your item to the returns address on the package.
Refunds
Once your return is received and inspected, we will send you a message to notify you that we have received your returned item. We will also notify you if your refund has been approved.

If your return is approved, then your refund will be processed and a credit will automatically be applied to your credit card or other original method of payment.
Payment
Payments are taken through Etsy or PayPal
You do not need to have a PayPal account to make payments this way – it’s just a secure way of taking credit card payments, with no charges to buyers.

Non-UK buyers please note that you are responsible for any taxes, fees, customs duties, etc which may apply.
Shipping
Digital purchases are available for immediate download after payment is made.
Physical purchases will be shipped as soon as possible once payment has cleared. We try to ship same day but it's not always possible....
Additional policies and FAQs
PAYMENT

I have no credit card can I pay with PayPal?

Yes you can pay with PayPal via the Esty site.

www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Wintercroft

HOW DO I RECEIVE MY PURCHASE?

Do I get a download or do you ship it to my address?

You get an immediate download you then print out.

Do you sell completed masks?

I’m based in the UK and I think that the cost, difficulty and not to mention the environmental impact of shipping a large, fragile object to the US, for example, would be prohibitive.

The original idea was to produce a low impact alternative to shop bought masks. The instructions and templates are designed to be easy to follow, so that the mask can be assembled by anyone, using local materials and removing the need for shipping. Besides it’s very satisfying turning what is waste 2D material into a 3D mask.

PRINTING PROBLEMS/SOLUTIONS

So do I need a colour printer for these masks?

The PDF templates are black and white with the idea that you can decorate the mask yourself.

I'm in the US where letter-sized paper is easier to come by than A4. Do any of your plans run right up to the edge, or will I be okay printing on letter? Letter is a bit wider and a bit shorter than A4.

The templates are FULLY COMPATIBLE WITH BOTH A4 AND US LETTER PAPER. The templates are 1:1 scale and are intended to be printed at ACTUAL SIZE on either A4 paper (210mm X 297mm) or US Letter paper (8½" X 11"). In your printer setting please select the type of paper that you are printing on but DO NOT SCALE THE TEMPLATES TO FIT THE PAPER.

I am trying to print out the template and it is almost an inch to half an inch difference in size. I cannot get the 150mm line to be the size I need it to be. Is there a way to adjust this to fit the way It needs to?

Please check your printer setting.
Usually when you press print you get a dialog box with either print settings or print options. Just check that you are printing at full size and not scaling to fit the paper.

The program won't let me print them without signing up with a program that changes PDFs into other things. I’ve downloaded the masks how do I print them?

The easiest way to open and print the templates is by using Adobe Reader. It is a free PDF Reader from Adobe.
You can download it for free from here: get.adobe.com/uk/reader/

MATERIALS

Could you recommend where I could buy "thin card" and "spray mount"... I'm a beginner at all of this and I want to buy the right supplies.

Reclaimed/recycled card is the first choice and the most Eco friendly.

I recommend using cardboard that is about the thickness of a cereal box - but basically anything that will hold a decent crease, as long as you can score and fold it Is the important factor.

If you do want to go out and buy supplies - office supply shops sell card. The minimum weight needs to be around 250gsm (any less is too flimsy).

As for glue; most of the time I use pritt stick (or equivalent) as it is cheap and easy to use.

CONSTRUCTION

I'm just reading the instructions for the skull mask and was wondering what does it mean when you "score the valley folds"?

The mask contains two type of folds, valley and mountain.
Valley folds look like a valley on a flat sheet. Mountain folds look like a raised ridge. by score i mean if you take a rule and line it up with the fold line you can then run something blunt like an old biro along the fold. this weakens the card so that when you make the fold the crease follows the score line.

How do you suggest binding the edges together?

The quickest easiest and in my option best way to join the edges is clear adhesive tape. Any brand will work but I use invisible tape.

Why don't the templates include tabs?

I've tried to keep the build time on the masks to a minimum and taping the edges is by far the quickest way to build the masks. Cutting, scoring, folding and gluing tabs is fiddly work and would add 1-2 hours on to the build time.

If you have other questions regarding building your mask please take a look at this How To Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EB95TvCLyLA

MASK SIZE AND FITTING

I was wondering whether these masks fit adults or kids (as shown in the picture).

The templates are scaled to fit an adult, you can easily scale the masks down when you print them if you are making them for children. Try around 80% of the original for children.

Is it possible to wear any of these with eye glasses underneath?

Yes the full head masks are very roomy underneath, but unfortunately glasses will not fit under the half masks as they fit snug to the face.

How do these plans scale to fit people with different size heads?

The masks are design to fit me and I have quite a large head. The masks come with a diagram for a headband to stop the mask rattling around on your head.
If you have a particularly small head you could try scaling down the masks a little when you print them.

I am wondering how well they stay in place on your head. Is there some strap, string, etc that will keep them from flopping down as I can’t see from the eye holes?

On the last page of the instructions there are dimensions and a diagram for a basic head band that fits inside the mask. It is pretty simple but it works. Just make the band to fit your head and then tape it to the inside of the mask.

Is the humanoid/polygon mask meant to be attached to the face using a string around the back of the head? I can’t tell in the pictures and don’t see anything in the details.

Yes just attach a piece of elastic (available at any haberdashery/fabric shop – very cheap) at about ear height. The same applies for the half face masks.

MASK DECORATION

What kind of paint do you use that will adhere to the tape and the cardboard?

Acrylic car spray paint works well, or if you wish to hand paint it white car spray primer is effective at covering tape to enable oil based paints to be painted on top. Spray paint are not the most Eco friendly way but this is effective and quick and cheap.

Does the template include decorative designs?

The painting is entirely up to your own creativity!
You can print out the template on to paper and stick on to coloured card. Materials/fabrics or spray paints can be used. A trip to a craft store for inspiration!

USE OF MASKS

I wanted to know how sturdy the mask would be?
I was thinking of making one for a Halloween party but with all the dancing I am not sure it would hold.

The masks are surprisingly robust due to the polygon construction. Many people use them at events and festivals:

https://wintercroft.com/blogs/news/tagged/press-and-politics

Just make sure that you use a reasonably stiff card and good quality tape.

May I use the photograph of Wintercroft masks for a news web site?

For press enquires lease get in touch via info [!at] wintercroft.com

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