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Hardening Latex Armor


So I just picked up the heroes chest from XtremeDesign and I LOVE it! (I'll give them a plug at the end of this post.) What I'd like to do is harden the piece so that when kids/people touch the chest piece it isn't soft and "pokey."

I'm thinking it needs to follow the contours of the backside so that the muscles that stick out on the front have something behind them.

Any ideas on how to do this?



Here is my plug for XtremeDesign: Fantastic to work with! Not only are their pieces high quality work, they worked with me to get the pieces here in time for my Oct 27th party. Very VERY happy! Thanks again Lance and Jeremy!

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Re: How do I harden a chest piece?


Go to a fabric store and get some foam (like used for pillows or cushions) and glue it to the rear of the muscles. Or you could build up the rear of the chest, with more latex. You'd just keep brushing on each coat until it gets to the desired hardness.

But brushing latex would make the chest more heavy, so I'd first try using foam. You can get it in many different thicknesses and just cut it to shape where you need it to go, then glue it in place.




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Re: How do I harden a chest piece?


I would get some cheesecloth from the hardware store or some burlap (like a potato sack) and use that.

Brush some liquid latex onto the armor then place the material on that then brush another thin layer over that. Let that dry. Once its dry do it again. Repeat until you get what you want.

Along with this though, I would add in a very thin layer of foam just as Liam suggested.

Good luck! Keep us posted. :up

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Re: How do I harden a chest piece?


Fill the individual muscle sections with hot glue.:wink

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Re: How do I harden a chest piece?


talk dirty to it

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Re: How do I harden a chest piece?


 :lol

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Re: How do I harden a chest piece?


 :lol

Yeah I was wondering how I could better phrase the title then just gave up :)

Thanks for the response guys! I'm going to try the liquid latex/burlap suggestion. I'll let you know how it turns out :)
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