How to glue latex in 4 easy steps

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Thanks to this little tutorial, you will be making latex clothing in no time!

Step 1: Clean the two surfaces using mineral spirit and a piece of cloth.

Step 2: Apply a thin layer of latex glue to both surfaces using a cotton bud.

Step 3: Let the glue dry for 5 minutes. Put the two surfaces together.

Step 4: Apply pressure to the seam using a seam roller.

That’s it!

Tutorials and how to January 30th 2009

20 Responses to “ How to glue latex in 4 easy steps ”

  1. StretchyWench Says:

    Hi Kitty

    I’m still experimenting with things, but I wondered whether you thinned your glue or not ? If you do, how much thinner to glue do you use ?

    I’ve added a little unmeasured thinners and use a wooden coffee mixing stick to apply, which for me works well, but not sure how much to add.

    Can you advise please ?

    thanks

  2. Florian Says:

    hi kitty.

    congratulations to your site AGAIN! one question: what is the current adhesive you are using for your rubber? i want to start working with 0.3 mm latex and i am woonderiung what i should order and WHERE i should order. Any tipps?

    Your help is greatly appreciated!

    Flo

  3. Latex Kitty Says:

    I use rubber cement (solvent based adhesive) for the 0.3mm latex, to get a really strong bond. But a lot of people use also the latex milk for the thin latex.
    However, I dont know where you are from, but if you are from the States you can f.x. purchase it from MJTrends, or in Europe from Blackstyle.
    Of course there is also the possibility to purchase it online in different shops, google for rubber cement or in german called Gummilösung. I am sure you will find a lot!

  4. virginia Says:

    hi kitty!

    I’m a fashion design student and I’m making my new collection with latex…your website is so helpfull! I don’t know how I could do without it!

    I have some questions.

    can I glue two pieces of latex like I saw normal fabrics or is better to do it with two pieces on top of eachother like you do in your video?

    can I glue an other kind of fabric like cotton or silk with latex?

    do you know if is possible to have buttons on latex cloths?

    thank you so mutch, and I’m sorry for my wrong english but I’m italian!

  5. Latex Kitty Says:

    Viva Italia ;) By the way I love Italy!
    I am glad that the website can help you out!
    Your questions:
    1. Gluing latex: If you glue latex, then you have to glue it on top of each other! Reason: (without going into to many datails) it just gives a strong bond! If you glue in the way like you sew clothing, the chance of breaking the seal is very high!
    But it is also possible to sew latex! But that requires always a backlay of cotton. The reason why I dont teach that is the because of the low quality the sewed material provides. I am not a fan of sewed latex! Its more common to glue it!
    2. Gluing cotton: Of course, you can combine cotton, silk etc. with latex! You need to glue this with natural latex milk (natural liquid rubber). Apply the glue on both to be glued surfaces and let it dry completely (thats very important!) and then put the two surfaces together!
    3. Buttons: You can sew in buttons or use the press dot buttons. The only thing to remember is to backlay the area where the button is supposed to be, with a piece of cotton. You need to glue the cotton in, otherwise the button will not hold and fall out or rip out.

  6. misha Says:

    hi kitty!
    Nice explanation, very helpful!
    I have a few questions though:
    – do you do anything special to prevent the latex from curling up (in my attempts the curling often caused the latex of one piece to stick to itself before i could attach it to the second piece!)
    – do you have any recommendations for the width of the seam?
    – do you glue the entire seam of longer designs in one go or do you divide it into sections?
    Any tips are greately appreciated!

  7. Latex Kitty Says:

    hi,
    no I dont do anything special to prevent it from curling. I just wait until the glue dried and it “decurls” again.
    Some people use tape on one side to prevent it from curling. Give it a try it can be very helpfull.
    the seam width, well I keep my seam width at 5mm, but I have also seen latex with a seam width of about 1cm.
    I know it is not easy to keep a fine small seam width but it looks better and it doesnt change the strength.
    Dividing seams in sections, well it depends if it is one long straight seam like on the shower curtain, no I dont divide it, I just need enough space.
    But if it is a long seam with curves, yes I divide it, just to make sure that it will look good afterwards.

  8. Gerez Says:

    Hi Kitty:
    Superb website!.

    About bonds:

    From the technical point of view, the reason why is stronger and much better for gluing latex to overlap sheets than to butt seam like in regular clothes is because adhesive bonds are far more resistant to shear stresses than to tension stresses.

    Regards
    Gerez

  9. allison Says:

    hi kitty….i am so glad i found your website! i am making a dress out of a sheet of natural latex that is .02 thickness. i was planning on glueing it all together instead of trying to sew it and was wondering if the type of latex glue you use would work for my type of latex as well?

    thanks so much for any help you might have:)
    allison

  10. Latex Kitty Says:

    @ allison: you can use either, the rubber cement or the latex milk. But the latex milk would be the one I would recommend for latex that thin. If you use the rubber cement it would just crinkle up to much and make trouble.

  11. Katie Says:

    Hi Kitty-

    Will rubber cement hold latex bonds for inflatable clothing? I am experimenting with this, and have been having problems with seams ripping and popping. Any advice of yours related to inflatables would be so helpful!

    Thanks so much!

    Katie

  12. Latex Kitty Says:

    @Katie
    Yes, the rubber cement will for sure hold the seams. But if you have problems with popping seams then you should just check again if you clean the surface correctly before you apply the glue.

  13. Dave Says:

    Hi,

    I would like to create little closed chambers inside a balloon.

    I have tried turning the balloon inside out, cleaning and applying glue to the (now opposite) surfaces, then turning the balloon outside in again and rolling, however, the glue sites never line up properly.

    Can you think of another way to do this?

    Thanks for your thoughts.

  14. Latex Kitty Says:

    @Dave: Please explain what you are trying to obtain by this? I have no idea what you are talking about.

  15. Dave Says:

    Kitty,

    Sorry I didn’t explain better…I would like to take an ordinary round balloon and give it an unusual shape when it is blown up, like a hand for example, by glueing patterns on it when defalted.

    To do this, I clean and glue four lines radiating away from the nozzle – and a mirror image on the other side exactly opposite the other lines – thumb opposite thumb, etc. After they are dry, I try to turn the balloon inside out without too much pinching and pressure but I can never position the glue patterns opposite each other (now inside the balloon) before they set up and I get a mangled hand missing fingers etc.

    Is there a glue that penetrates latex with heat or pressure so that I wouldn’t need to turn it inside out?

    Dave

  16. Dave Says:

    Kitty,

    The other alternative is to cut the balloon in half, glue an identical pattern on the inside of each half as well as the edges, then roll the halves together.

    However, it is difficult to see the adhesive pattern, so I was wondering if there is a marker or pen that does not reduce the strength of the seam?

    Dave

  17. Maggie Says:

    Dear Kitty.

    I made my very first latex dress and it turned out pretty well, thanks to your tutorials! So thanks for that already. However, there’s some things that I’ll need to work on/improve. There’s some things I’d like to know:

    1. my dress was a very simple tube dress with two side-seams, so it kinda had two opposite curves in one. (first there’s a curve from the chest to the waist, then from the waist to the hips so there’s a kind of spine-shape :P) I managed quite well but had some trouble after the first curve, to get the latex to make the other curve, without rippling it halfway, or pulling it too much to get it right and ending up with too much ‘fabric’ on one side… :P could you show how you glue a double curved seam? (so like a stretched S shape)

    2. My seams looked pretty good and they are very strong, so I was happy about that, but, looking at a latex dress I bought in a shop, the side-seams completely disappeared somehow.. You can see a line, and feel that it’s thicker, so there is a seam, but the latex somehow evened out in such a way that it became fairly invisible (especially after shining it!) is there a way to achieve this myself? That would be just perfect :D

    3. I heard from several people around me that you can buy latex milk for other purposes as well, (mainly make-up purposes, like latex fake noses etc.) I wonder if this is the same latex milk used for glueing latex? I found it on several websites by searching on google for latex milk and I found one website who sells the stuff for a LOT less than most latex-sheeting sellers, it says there’s ammonia in it and that it turns transparent when it dries up. (it also looks a bit like the better glue for fake eyelashes) It would save me a lot of money if I could use that glue :) (latex sheeting sellers seem to overprice their glue.. :P)

    Thanks in advance for your reply, and keep up the wonderful work you do, I’m loving this website :D

    Xx Maggie

  18. Linda Says:

    Hey Kitty.
    I have a pair of latex pants which has a Press dot Button and a zipper.
    But now the button has fallen off, and the latex around it is looking like its gotten too hot or something.
    Therefore i separated the 2 layers of latex that the botton was attacked to.
    And i saw the cotton behind was falling apart.
    My question is, how can i repair this, can i just add a new cotton between the 2 latex layers with nature latex, and then press a new dot in after, or is there anything i have to do. maybe cut some of the latex away which looked fried? I have all the things to do it, just not sure how to fix it properly.

    Linda

  19. Holly Says:

    Hi Kitty,

    I’m trying to make a rucksack out of latex, do you have any tips for stiffening large pieces of latex (about A3).

    Thank you!

  20. Hannah Says:

    Hi there!

    I am currently creating my own collection and I am using latex! Your website has been really helpful but I was just wondering if I had to use the adhesive to sew the latex, or could I use a sewing machine on the textile….let me know!

    Best,
    Hannah

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