Hey ladies and gents, I was wondering if anyone could help me figure out how to get less globby messy looking results when building up with liquid latex (castin' craft mold builder). I know it won't ever look like cast silicone but I just want to add some definition to make the hands not look so messy. I tried dipping it but it was not working as the latex was very thick and blobby.

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thanks nick! glad i asked!

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Nick is bang on,  as usual:) , with the citrus oil in the ammonia. It would smell much better while making it but "no go for launch" in the end.  I have been trying to get ammonia here in Canada and it is nearly impossible. I still have yet to go to the one place in BC it is available and fill out the forms. ha ha. Hopefully this board hasn't already been flagged by the NSA because people are talking about ammonia. Silly. 

I have so far found water to be working well for thinning. Still not sure about distilled vs tap water but the mould comment I read was enough to get me to spend the 3$ for a five year supply. I only add a few ml at a time to get to the desired thickness because if you make it too thin it seems like it doesn't bond properly with the coat below and forms a seperate paper thin layer(not good), at least for me the way I am doing it. If it is not too thin it is no problem.

One thing you can do to prevent mold or mildew is to add just a drop or two of Lysol into the mix and stir it in thoroughly. This is a trick I learned for making paper mache, and I'm just guessing it might work with latex, though I haven't tested it and it might cause problems - be sure to test before using it on a puppet! 

 Thanks Strider that is a great idea to prevent mould for paper mache. Not sure if I am brave enough to try mixing lysol with my prized liquid latex. I need every drop and more ;)

The article on moulding latex was only referring to this potential with tap water mixing and I only made one puppet with tap water before I read that. Distilled water should hopefully have no contaminants. My tap water puppet can donate his body to science if mould does start forming eventually so I can document it and post some pictures. I will keep a close watch on him. maybe I will try test mixing a touch of lysol and another test with a touch of latex mixed with ammonia cleaner when my current bottle is almost empty. 

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