File puptcrit/puptcrit.0606, message 275

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Date: Thu, 15 Jun 2006 14:38:42 -0400
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Truly Waterproof/sweatproof finish?

Thank you everybody who supplied information.
Obviously I have lots more options than I thought previously.

Channels of ventilations were part of my original intents, but the actors 
wanted masks that fit completely snuggly against the face.
I shall do it my own way from now on...and provide some air channels.

>Have you tried plain old PVA glue? Non-toxic and waterproof as far as I

Hi Adam. I tried all the classical means.
My glue for making the masks is PVA.
The inside of the masks are also coated with a PVA glue (used to be plain 
whie glue, now the much stronger and relatively acid resistant Weldbond).
When it started to go white with accumulated sweat, I cleaned and degresased 
and added a lacquer. The lacquer lasted a month with no sign of wearing out. 
That's over now. White is back. It goes away when it dries again, but the 
mask gets weakr and weaker.
If you wear it too long, it does become soggy, and it can lose bits of 
paper...which just happened.

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

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