If there’s one thing to be said about this lockdown period it’s that suddenly everyone’s rediscovered their creative talents and turned into expert bakers.

Everyone thought loo roll was going to become as rare as rocking horse shit yet it’s baking powder and flour that nobody can get their hands on. I’m anticipating next year’s series of The Great British Bake Off is going to be absolutely mental with contestants baking all sorts of jaw-dropping showstoppers they’ve honed during this time.

Paul Hollywood’s going to be giving out handshakes left, right and centre. Actually, he might stop doing that with the whole social distancing thing.


However, it’s not just cakes people are making, as many are also trying their hands at face masks, because what else could be more in demand right now?

And for Colorado-based artist Stefanie Hook, she might have the most impressive face mask of all (yes, even better than Carole Baskin’s).


She’s created Harry Potter themed masks that once placed on the face, gradually reveals the Marauder’s Map as the temperature rises from your breath.

If I didn’t know better I’d say there was magic at hand…

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She’s been showing them off on TikTok and they’ve been getting millions of views, turning her into a viral star.

Speaking with Insider, Hook said she designed the mask, like many of her other products, to “bring magic into the real world to further inspire others to create and be creative.” She also creates hand-sewn plush toys and accessories through her small business, Colorado Pony Express (CPEX).

According to her site, the mask uses “nontoxic heat activated pigments” to work its magic.

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Her website explains: “This face covering does not replace PPE such as N95 or surgical masks, This face covering does not protect or mitigate diseases or viruses. Please follow CDC directives for best use. This face covering is best for hobbies, or cosplay.”

Hook said she often creates prototypes for products before following through with an idea, which is what the masks she revealed on TikTok was.

She said: “The video I shared was of a prototype, and I just put it together quickly to show my fans.

“I never imagined it would gain the following that it did.”

Explaining how each mask can take hours to create, she continued: “From start to finish, between cutting fabric, treating the fabric, waiting for the fabric to set, and sewing a single mask together, it can take 17 hours.

“The majority of the time is waiting for the treatment to set into the fabric. I’ve learned to make multiple at a time, production-line style, to maximize my efficiency.”


Apparently, she’ll be selling the masks – which come in children’s or adults’ sizes – ‘in very limited quantities’, with the products available on her website from 29 May.

This kind of stuff genuinely gets me down. Firstly, because I’d never be creative enough to come up with something like this, and secondly, because it just highlights how poorly I’ve put my lockdown time to use.

Instead of making a little side business, I’ve made it my mission to actually complete Netflix.

To be fair I’m almost there – it’s no mean feat.

Images via TikTok/CPEX