File puptcrit/puptcrit.0509, message 311


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Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2005 17:28:24 -0400
Subject: [Puptcrit] Neoprene


Robert Rogers wrote:
>I use the L2000 (prevulcanized latex) and the #64 Filler (clay).  These can
>be mixed in various ratios.  The more latex, the more plyable.  The more
>filler, the more rigid.  I use a 1:1 ratio.


Hi all. I think my little bubble of hope has burst early. I though maybe I had an easier and cheaper product to try instead of neoprene, from that post about cementex's L2000... 
Correct me if I'm wrong, but this cementex product sounds like nothing else than actual latex and filler. Isn't "pre-vulcanised" the actual name for the type sold in stores for mould making?

If so, then this cementex is not something new, and therefore should not be more durable than regular pure liquid latex. As an example of hat makes me believe that: all the recipes I,ve tried that called for a thick paste or adhesive became weaker and more brittle when I added fillers.

Another example comes from a reliable source among us:

Steve Axtell wrote in an answer to me at the beggining of this month:
"Many latex products like masks have a
bunch of fillers in the formula to reduce cost
and cause faster set ups for production.  It will
break down much faster.  They want it that way,
"planned obsolescence" they call it. If they
can formulate the latex so poorly so that
halloween masks only last 1 or 2 years, they have
more re-orders.   Not my company."


Mathieu René Créaturiste
Marionnettes, Masques, Etcetera...
Puppets, Masks, Etcetera...
creaturiste-AT-magma.ca
www.creaturiste.com
(514) 274-8027
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