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Subject: RE: [Puptcrit] Repairing cracked latex
Date: Thu, 1 Sep 2005 14:12:27 -0700


There are many nice additives you can mix with latex paint that will enable
the paint to adhere permanently while still keeping it flexible. One such
additive is pros-aid the medical adhesive you often use for attaching latex
appliances in the fx industry. Hope this helps.

As Usual,
Sean T. Cawelti
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[mailto:puptcrit-driftline.org-bounces-AT-lists.driftline.org] On Behalf Of
Mathieu René
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Subject: [Puptcrit] Repairing cracked latex

Hi all.

I have an experiment to try, not just for my own learning, but also it might
help a small, new local theatre company save a lot of money for the short
term.


They have been performing with commercil commedia dell'Arte masks made of
latex. The latex is probably poured in one layer and cured into a negative
plaster mould, then painted with acrylics and sprayed a weak varnish.

Because of the heavy wear, some of the paint has been rubbed off, exposing
the latex itself. It is now sticky (like sugar would do to latex) and
permanently soft in some spots (edges, under the nose, upper lip). Most of
the masks have cracked in those areas as well, and some are torn where the
most stress was.

They will be ordering a full line of new masks from me, and until they get
the funding, they still need to perform with the ones they already have. The
mask I will build them will be oh-so-much-better, and made to precise
measurements!

Is there a way to stop the latex decay, at  least temporarily?
Can I add new latex to old latex, cured and sticky?


My only plan for now is to disinfect and degrease one of the mask with
rubbing alcohol, and use thin but strong rice paper and PVA glue (Weldbond)
to re-enforce (and sometimes rebuild) the weakest areas, and I would paint
and varnish on top.

If this one mask's temporary recovery works, I can then offer them to repair
all their masks and I would appreciated the income.


I'd really like to solve their problem, at least temporarily, because I feel
I might  have a long fruitful relationship with them, as much for
puppetmaking, maskmaking, and even performing.


Thanks for any clues!



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