Hey folks!

I am looking for the right kind of liquid latex to use to build-up puppet heads with. I was searching Amazon, but there are a lot of different kinds of latex out there . . . some for costume cosmetics and others for paint.

What would you guys recommend? Is there a brand you love?

Thanks!

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Amaco Rubber Latex is what I have used for my film. I've never made molds with it but I'm sure it would perfect since that's one of it's uses.

https://www.amazon.com/AMACO-89915S-Rubber-Latex-White/dp/B000AP1IR...

Liquid latex or dipping latex is what you need. I get mine from an art store via eBay. 

Thanks Natalie and Simon!

Mind if I ask what has your experience has been with Amaco latex? How long have you used it and does it hold up under constant contact when posing puppets? 

What brand do you buy, Simon?


Simon Tytherleigh said:

Liquid latex or dipping latex is what you need. I get mine from an art store via eBay. 

I am in the UK, and bought my last lot off eBay. The label says 'Artpothecary (Jacobson's Chemicals)' on it. In the past I have used stuff from Tiranti's and others, and have not noticed much difference between them. This is for straight liquid latex. The latex sold for foaming is not pre-vulcanised, so is completely different. The stuff you need contains ammonia and is the consistency of single cream.

This type of latex should withstand a lot of handling. Best to colour it with some acrylics before pouring/dipping. It can also be coloured afterwards using Pax paint or Prosaide mixed with acrylics. But in this case get the non-sticky Prosaide, or the puppet will be tacky forever. 

Has anyone in the US tried this latex from FX Warehouse? I don't see a data sheet for ingredients so not sure what it contains but it looks like an interesting alternative to Burmans Spray Latex. It's already tinted in flesh color but I suppose could be tinted to any color you choose. Here's the link. . http://www.fxwarehouse.info/product/FLX1.html

 

That looks like it would be much the same as a spray latex.  

There are latexes with filler in them that build up a bit more, and are slightly firmer, that are good for making masks or props.  I used to use one from a long-extinct local rubber company, that dried cream coloured and opaque rather than a translucent brownish, and the casts would hold their shape better than the floppier latexes.  Great for props. But this does not look like one of those.  Used for blending edges on a facial appliance so it would be thin and just contain pre-vulcanised latex, water, and ammonia.  They all have ammonia to keep the latex from setting.

Thanks, Simon and Nick - your feedback and the info about adding colorants was just what I needed. Cheers from Texas!

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