Latex rubber is a very popular mold making material due its low cost and long lasting properties. Indeed, latex molds and casts prove to be economical on the pocket as well as tough, durable and tear resistant.
The most common use of liquid latex rubber is in making masks. This is a simple and enjoyable process as all you have to do is pour the liquid into the mold and let it sit for some time before pouring it out again. Once cured, a thin skin mask is ready for use.
Similarly, it can also be used to make props, gloves and other thin skin latex products by either pouring the material into or painting it on the mold. Latex mold making rubber is again a popular special effects product for creating wrinkles, scars, gashes and is even used as an adhesive for bald caps. The tough nature of latex lends itself well for casting abrasive materials such as concrete and making molds of architectural details where they are itself.
However, not many people may be aware that there is another family of latex casting rubbers. It resembles slushing casting clay and is widely used as a dipping latex.
How does it work?
Using dipping latex is also very simple. All you have to do is dip the model or mold into the latex, take it out and allow the latex that has adhered to the mold to dry completely. This dipping and drying process has to be repeated (12 coats or even more) until a satisfactory layer of thick latex has built on the model. At times, the model is even dipped in a coagulant for the latex to induce thicker deposits of the latex. Applying an appropriate release agent is essential to allow easy demolding of the mold from the latex cast.
You can display your final latex artwork on a marble or wood base with a brass name plate to give it a professional gallery effect. The brass name plate will be customized to list the artwork’s title along with your name and other details.
The dipping latex finds many more uses apart from making latex castings. It is used to form a latex coating on porous or water permeable materials like ceramics, porcelain, clay and paper. The dipping latex makes the form waterproof and durable too. Some fabrics are also coated with dipping latex to make them impermeable – think raincoats and the like. In fact, dipping latex comes in a variety of colors too.
The same dipping process can even be used to protect your tools and the surfaces they touch. Just dip the tool a couple of times in the dipping latex and allow each coat to dry properly. The latex coating will improve the tool’s grip, make it comfortable to use, eliminate scratching and also provide insulation from electrical hazards.