Latex prosthetic research

In previous tests I have used liquid latex and flour to make a prosthetic. There are multiple issues with this as it cures quickly and must be moulded into shape. But also makes a heavy prosthetic and so can come away from the face when being worn for long periods. After doing some research I have found that professionals use a product called foam latex.

This is made from 4 parts: high solids latex foam base, microcellular foaming agent, standard curing agent and standard gelling agent.  The brand used in the video is called Monster Makers Foam Theatrical latex foam.

This makes a spongy and lightweight prosthetic that replicates a skin like texture well. My only concern with this is that buying these professional grade products will be extremely expensive, and potentially wasteful while Im still learning the process. I think it may be best to start with regular liquid latex with a casting process and see what effect this has first. And if I wish to make more high quality prosthetics in the future I can invest in these products.

Below is an detailed tutorial of a proffesional application and painting.

What I Found most difficult in the past when it comes to to prosthetic application was neatening the edges making them look seemless when blending into the skin. In this tutorial he uses 99% alcohol to lift and flatten the latex onto the skin. After further research most people use Isopropyl, otherwise known as rubbing alcohol, which will disolve dried latex to create a smooth finish. In this tutorial he also uses  ridge filler to soften the edges more.

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