Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Making a Custom Liquid Latex Glove

Making a Custom Liquid Latex Glove

Making a Custom Liquid Latex Glove

There are two typical methods of making a latex glove (or other liquid latex items) at home: make the glove directly on your own arm, or create a 'mold' of your arm, and then create a glove on the mold. In either case, be sure to take appropriate skin preparations prior to applying the latex, or mold material, to your arm.

To make a glove directly on your own arm:

It is always best to have another person assist you when making a latex glove. Remember, during the process, one of your arms will be immobilized, and unable to assist you.

Pour the Liquid Latex Body Cosmetic into a plastic or stainless steel bowl.

You must let the latex product 'breathe' for awhile so that most of the ammonia ingredient can evaporate.

Dip your fingers slowly into the bowl from the sides, lifting your hand above the pool of latex to let any excess fluid drip easily back into the mix.

Smooth the latex using a foam brush (not bristle), or stroke it with your fingertips to make a nice even coat.

Continue to brush, or dispense, liquid latex in a series of coatings so as to achieve the final thickness that you want.

Spread your fingers apart slowly, but do not bend or fold your hand.

Wherever there is a folding of skin, the latex coatings will tend to stick to each other, and form a weak spot in that area.

Let the latex glove 'air dry', or use a hair dryer set on low or medium heat (not high).

Be sure to hold your hands in an upward direction during the curing process.

The latex will start to dry, and darken, and then turn shiny in appearance.

Typically, there will be some noticeable 'thick spots'.

Be patient until the entire surface coating becomes shiny and dark. At that point, the latex will be cured enough to touch with your fingertips - but it will also still stick to itself, so be sure to keep the rubberized surfaces away from each other, particularly between the fingers.

Now, do a second coating of the arm in the same way.

If you want to have a reusable glove, then do several coats (usually 3-5 coats).

When you have completed the last desired coating, and it has fully cured (dark and shiny appearance), spray your arm with a compound like Liquid Latex Ultra Shine latex preservative. This will keep the fingers from sticking together (unless you plan to get into a theatrical or bondage scene, in which case the rubber sticking together can have other interesting uses)

The longer you leave the latex on your arm, the more complete will be the cure, and the more perfect will be the final glove.

The glove material will begin loosening itself from your skin after three or four hours.

You may actually remove the glove as soon as you have finished this process, but it will be better to leave it on a bit longer. Some people leave their custom gloves on overnight, or even several days.

To remove the glove, start rolling the edge on the upper arm or top/wrist, and begin pulling toward your fingertips. If you have made your creation thick enough, it will easily come off as a reusable custom glove.

Some dye residue from the liquid latex may still remain on your arm if the rubber is not totally dry, but this can be easily washed off with mild soap and warm water.

You can use the clear (natural) latex first, and then the colored latex on subsequent coatings.

Of course, it is recommended that any part of your body to be dipped into the liquid latex is reasonably free of hair first.

To make a glove (or hood, or...) from a plaster casting:

We will not cover "plaster casting" or "mold making" in detail in this website because the processes are clearly explained in numerous books and other resources on the Internet.  Basically, it involves making a plaster casting of the particular body part that you want to mold with latex.  If you've already created a solid, positive casting of your hand, then:

Warm the plaster casting in an oven to about 110 degrees Fahrenheit, and then (carefully) dip the pre-warmed casting into a container of Liquid Latex Body Cosmetic.

The plaster of the casting will absorb the liquid quickly, and the glove will begin to cure rapidly due to the casting's warmth.

After the initial latex application is dry, additional coats of liquid latex can be applied, but don't put your coated plaster cast back into the oven with latex on it - the heat from the oven will cause the latex film to bubble & distort. However, using a hair blow dryer at low or medium heat is still acceptable to quickly cure the latex coatings.

Continue to follow the glove-making process described above.

With this process, you can even use Liquid Latex Body Cosmetic to mass-produce your own finished latex goods…..getting wild color combinations not previously possible from standard store-brand products!

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