Thursday, November 17, 2011
Wednesday, January 05, 2011
For those of you who are so inclined I have included some instructions for repairing your own latex garments. I hope you find them useful and feel free to ask me questions.
First off you want to obtain the right glue and thinner. Here is a photo of the type I use most frequently. You can find these in art supply stores in the US. Notice that there are two different cans of glue here, they are essentially the same. For a repair the smaller one is all you should need.
Now you'll want to get yourself an old credit card or similar piece of rigid thin plastic (I use hotel room cards that were given to me by someone who took my latex repair class a while back). You will also need some latex to patch with if you have a hole or tare and a piece of soft cloth that won't leave behind little bits of itself. I use scrap spandex that is never in short supply around the http://winterfetish.com workshop. :) Finally you'll need something to cut your scrap latex to size for patching; I like to use a rotary cutter and mat, though cutting latex with a sharp pair of scissors is possible (this can be a -bit- challenging).
First, soak your little scrap of soft cloth with thinner and clean off the back side of your latex item where it needs repair and one side of the latex scrap you plan to use as a patch. This will likely cause your items to curl, they will curl more if they are a thin gauge of latex, don't worry. Allow them time to relax and get your card and glue ready.
Place a bit of the glue at the edge of your card and use it to smooth on a thin layer of glue where you cleaned your latex item and patch. Try to keep the glue in the areas you need it. You will want the glue on your item to be slightly larger than the patch. Again your latex pieces will curl. Just wait for a bit and then the will uncurl. Don't try to keep your little patch piece from curling in and touching itself, this is nearly impossible. If it touches itself a little it will pull apart easily later. (If you have a lot of trouble with this it works to glue a larger piece and then cut it down. Just be careful not to let the glue stick to anything and pull off.)
Give it a few minutes and then carefully lay your patch from one edge to another to avoid trapping bubbles of air in between. Once you are sure the patch is on correctly be sure to press it down firmly and allow it some time to set.
Finally take a clean piece of your soft cloth and soak it in thinner. Carefully clean off excess glue you may have on the garment, making sure NOT to clean it off too completely near the edges of your patch. Make sure your little cloth doesn't become dry during this process and if you need to use several to get the glue off that is better than smearing excess glue around.
If you are going to store this garment right away be sure to talc this area well to make sure the glue doesn't stick to another part of the garment and cause a problem later.
To make a less visible repair you can use blue painter's tape to preposition the
latex before you start. Tape the area together from the outside and make your repair on the inside. Once the patch is in place, turn the garment over, remove the tape and split the seam open just a bit from the outside. Now that you have that done, glue the edges of the latex lightly to join them (pressing two seams together creates something called a "butt seam", this means the seams are joined by butting them together, as opposed to overlapping). This seam needs to dry for at least 8 hours, though the longer it is left to cure, the better. It is important to remember that this type of repair needs more time to cure than the patch that needs only a couple hours to be reasonably strong.
These instructions can also be used to make your own new latex garments. Essentially you simply need to clean and glue both sides of the seams and carefully stick them together.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
I've been daydreaming of making a comprehensive collection of latex purses. Little ones, big ones, frilly ones and buckled ones... Meanwhile the Seattle Museum of History and Industry was putting together an exhibit. I am truly excited to go check it out. The exhibit is called Clutch It! If you are like me and fashion is your thing, you may want to catch it by January 15th.
This exhibit uses purses and their contents as a window on the changing roles of women over the past hundred years.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
With a boy I think? Seriously though this depends on how you think about it. Most folks would likely think of it as the time I decided to let my boyfriend finally have what he'd been after for so very long. Was it perhaps on a bathroom floor after showering together? But wait, would a lifetime lesbian say I lost it the first time I touched a girl "there" behind a bush at school? I think of the former simply because I was still very innocent with my first fumblings with a girl.
This month San-Diego start-up Genomatica announced a breakthrough in the field of sustainable chemicals-they successfully converted natural sugar into BDO, an industrial plastic used to make fibers like Spandex. BDO has historically been manufactured entirely with fossil fuels, and now a renewably sourced, cheaper option appears within our grasp.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Sometimes I think those guys can put any damn thing they want on the runway and get away with it and I wonder if they were on project runway if they wouldn't be out early on in the season. But, yes I am saying this from a position of pure jealousy! I do love the shows when they are so odd.
To see more photos of Jeremy Scott's new collection, including that fabulously bizarre wedding gown, click here.