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Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] neoprene
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2005 13:58:27 -0400

I don't know if what I have seen here was slip cast latex or neoprene, but 
it was BADLY damaged from regular stage use.

Officially, the masks are sold  as being made of latex, but are so thick I 
have my doubts.
In commerce, people tend to "lie" just to make the product seem less 
Because neoprene is a sunthetic latex, I guess it could be easier to just 
say latex.

I wonder if Neoprene, like latex ,  becomes sticky with age, and eventually 
gets brittle and tear.
I had to repair one of those Commedia mask that was torn at the upper lip 
and the nose.
That is why I asked the repairing latex questions a few weeks ago.
the mask I repaired is of this model:

Or, go to the malabar website, click on the masks link, into the theatrical 
section (page 3, the model is Zanni Ingenious).
The masks are amazingly well-sculpted, beautifully finished. Unfortunately, 
since they are made to be sold in stores, you have to be very lucky to feel 
perfectly comfortable in them.
Their eye holes and eyebrows are the problem area, they dig into out face. 
Fortunately, this is reduced in pain since the masks are VERY smooth.

Mathieu René Créaturiste
Marionnettes, Masques, Etcetera...
Puppets, Masks, Etcetera...
(514) 274-8027
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Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] neoprene

> (I'm a paper maché/Styrofoam guy, myself...)
> Best,
> Fred Thompson
> writes:
>> Gee, I hate to change the subject, but has anyone on this list heard of
>> neoprene? A mask maker I know has started using it and said I should
>> try it. Is it good for making puppets?
>> Christopher
>> Christopher Hudert
>> Applause Unlimited
>> 2824 Irisdale Avenue
>> Richmond, VA 23228
>> (804) 264-0299
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