File puptcrit/puptcrit.0509, message 87


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Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2005 23:00:43 -0400
Subject: [Puptcrit] latex


I am picking up on a conversation about latex.  For the last twenty years or so I've been using casting products from the Cementex Corporation.  I don't even remember how I stumbled upon these products, but the results have been very long lasting.

Cementex, located in lower Manhattan, has a varied line of materials.  I've always used what I thought were the least expensive and least toxic.  None of the puppets I've made have deteriorated, as far as I can tell.

I use L200, a pre-vulcanized latex which I mix with #64 filler, a watery clay.

It's not a complicated procedure and I thought I'd mention it, as other puppeteers who I meet don't seem to be aware of it.  I'm hoping that "prevulcanized" means that my puppets will last as long as the rubber in my sneakers!

I'll be glad to go into more detail if anyone is curious.  Or if anyone has any warnings about it, please let me know.

Robert Rogers 
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