File puptcrit/puptcrit.0603, message 57

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Date: Sat, 4 Mar 2006 02:51:01 -0500
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Sealing the inside of masks (was: Info about Enamels)

>Id tend to agreee with Deborah although I dont have a lot to do with papier
>mache masks.... i did have a left field thought though....what about a thin
>layer of latex brushed onto the inside? Water proof, chemical resistant, 
>toxic quickly loses the ammonia smell...just a thought....

Hi Daniel. Latex would work wonderfully except for a few lesser known facts: 
some people are severely allergic to it, and it deteriorates very quickly 
when in contact with sweat, friction, UV rays, heat, and totally melts when 
in contact with sugars.
The ridiculous life expentancy of latex is the only reason I'm not making 
any latex masks.
I love the fact that they are flexible, but for anything durable, that 
property is just not worth my efforts.

I've repaired a latex mask that had been used only for a few years by a 
theatre company, and the fix barely worked.
It will not last for more than a year.

If I could find a silicone or a vynil that would not deteriorate and not be 
toxic to use, I'd use that.
Paper mache, when well done, outlasts all the other traditional mask making 
materials (except maybe for metal, and that's too heavy anyway).

I'm looking into flexible thermoplastics, the kind used to replace silicone 
I have a tube here somewhere, which I never found the time to try.
I have a feeling its got fumes too, so I,lll have to wait for the spring to 
try them outside.
I sleep where I work, so I can't use anything real toxic.

Mathieu René Créaturiste
Marionnettes, Masques, Etcetera...
Puppets, Masks, Etcetera...
(514) 274-8027 

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