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« on: 04 08, 2008, 04:57: PM »

Is there any other material than latex which can be used for the head piece?   I want to make one but cannot where latex for more than 10 mins do to an allergy.   Q' Sioned



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« Reply #1 on: 04 08, 2008, 05:42: PM »

Is there any other material than latex which can be used for the head piece?   I want to make one but cannot where latex for more than 10 mins do to an allergy.   Q' Sioned
Depends on how skilled the maker is... I have seen people create leather headpieces... And maybe a thin wood would be possible, although not desirable.
Latex and other hardening fluids have the quality that they form nicely around the stirn...
I have not made a mask myself, but there are foams that can be used as well, I believe.


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« Reply #2 on: 04 15, 2008, 08:49: AM »

Aha! I knew this had come up before someplace. In the Klingon headpiece material? thread, BuraD writes: “We are beginning to experiment with a new gelatin foam, as we have two members who work in the medical profession who have over the years developed an allergy to latex.”

Chuzat gives a link to the foaming gelatin as http://www.michaeldavy.com/ . Click on “Products” on the bottom of the page, then on “Gelatin” on the left. Then listen to me complain about why I hate frames sites. }}: /

I hope that anyone who uses the stuff will let us know how it worked or didn’t.


Addendum: http://www.michaeldavy.com/products/products_gelatin.html should take you straight to the gelatin. I still recommend you browse the site. There are all sorts of interesting things to be found there. Also, take a look through the Klingon headpiece material? thread. There may be more information there you can use.
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« Reply #3 on: 04 15, 2008, 08:28: PM »

     Nitrile is commonly being used to replace latex for gloves and from searching some industrial rubber rings, but so far I haven't seen any discussion on how it could be used for costuming.

      Silicon might be another material to consider, though it is much heavier.  Perhaps you might be able to use a latex headpiece with a barrier made of some other material to keep the latex from touching your skin.

      There also I believe there are formulations of latex that are less alergenic, though this would only increase the time you could wear the headpeice, but you still would have an exposure limit before suffering a reaction.
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« Reply #4 on: 04 19, 2008, 05:02: PM »

The professionals are using cold foam now. Its expensive and more difficult to make the headpeice (in my opinion) but the results are incredibly lifelike and very impressive.

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« Reply #5 on: 04 20, 2008, 07:46: PM »

   
    Cold foam is a kind of latex.  Yeah it's a little harder to work with because you have to cast it while it still foaming and you have to mix just the right amounts for what you need..  but it's softer and lighter than slush cast latex which is normally cast as a hollow shell.   There is also Hot foam latex which is even harder to work with but provides higher levels of detail and a nice soft  outer layer, though that makes it less durable than any of the others.
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