Hi

I'm making some puppet heads which are made of polystyrene with a layer of latex over the top. I'm going to make a set of replacement mouth which will be fairly basic sausage shape - basically like the mouths in 'Rex the Runt' - if you haven't seen that, here is a link to an picture that shows the kind of mouth I'm talking about

https://www.comedy.co.uk/images/library/people/180x200/r/rex_the_ru...

so my question is - given the mouths are made of fimo or similar (modelling clay that you bake in an oven) - what is the best way to attach the mouth to the head?

I had thought about putting a small hole on the front of the head and including a pin in each mouth so that the pin slides into the hole to keep the mouth in place. However I'd really like to be free move the mouth around by a few milimtres on the front of the head, which wouldn't be possible with a pin method. So really I'm looking for something that can stick the mouths temporarily to the latex head - which is difficult because its hard to get anything to stick to latex

Anyone got any good ideas? Thanks for any suggestions

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Usually they don't use latex for a rigid head with replacement mouths.  A hard surface, like coating the polystyrene foam with epoxy resin instead of latex, gives a better surface for mouths to stick to.

But maybe you could have a sharp pin that can poke in anywhere in the mouth area, since it should be able to go through latex and styrene.

Otherwise, you could try Sticky Wax (also know as Tacky Wax), which sticks to most things - I've used it to help hold props in latex puppet hands.  Also good for securing props in the set so you don't accidentally move them.  And it is not permanent, it comes off again.  Here's some:   https://www.amazon.com/Department-56-Village-Accessory-56-52175/dp/...

Thanks - I'll order so me tacky wax now and give see how it goes

Update- I got some tack wax and this works really well.

Thanks for the suggestion -

Joe

Thanks for letting us know how it worked out!

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