the plans Dawn!!
The below template is life size. Use this to cut out your basic e-collar shape.
Cut two 1"x 4" strips of moleskin, and cut two notches in each side. Cut two curved sections out, as shown above, to allow for overlap (note - above sketch of moleskin strip is not to scale). The notches on one strip should be off-set from the notches on the second strip, so they don't line up when stacked on top of each other.
Attach the first piece of moleskin as shown in the photo
at top. Trim the edges.
When you add this second layer, make sure the flap is on the outside of the collar.
You may need an additional strip of moleskin to keep the collar fastened on the glider. If so, use a very thin strip, to keep the collar light.
Attaching the E-Collar
Your glider is not going to like the e-collar, but just remember that you are using it to save your glider's life.
The easiest way to attach the collar is to use two people - one to hold the glider in a towel or cloth, and the other to put the collar on. The person holding the glider has to be firm, and keep the glider's arms and hands in the cloth. The collar should be put on with the overlapping ends at the back of their neck. It needs to be quite tight, so they don't slip it off. Use duct tape to secure the coller together. If it's not tight enough, your glider will have the collar off in less than a minute. After you have the collar on, observe your glider for several minutes. Watch to be sure their breathing is normal. If the glider's nose begins to turn blue, you have fastened the collar too tight - take it off immediately.
This "shot glass" design allows the glider to move around fairly easily, and to sleep as comfortably as possible under the circumstances. However, you will have to either remove the collar long enough for the glider to eat and drink, or hand feed the glider.
Make sure you are providing a darkened sleeping place the glider can get into with the collar on.
When the collar comes off, massage the glider's neck - an e-collar is not a comfortable thing to wear.
Example of finished collar
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