Making latex classes and workshops

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latexworkshop copyNothing beats a real “hands on” when it comes to doing your own latex clothing! You really don’t have any idea of how it is, before you given it a try.
While most people go out and buy all the tools needed for making latex clothing themselves and learn it the hard way, some people take a shortcut and attend a latex class or workshop. It’s a great way to “test the water” and establish if it’s something for you or not.

Here is a list of people who offer latex classes around the world:

If you know of other classes or Workshops, please drop me a mail, I would love to add them to the list.

News September 3rd 2009

Latex clothing beginner kit

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making-latex-clothing-beginner-kitNow, thanks to Elastica Engineering, you can have everything you need to get started doing your own latex clothing in one box.

The $39.95 latex clothing beginner kit includes:

  • 2 x half yard of Latex
  • Latex glue – 50ml
  • Rotary cutter
  • Roller
  • Small cutting pad
  • Glue thinner/latex cleaner – 100ml
  • Seam cleaning cloth
  • Glue brush
  • Gel pen
  • Latex shiner sample – 50ml

While this will definitely give a lot of aspiring new latex crafters a good start at making latex clothing, I highly recommend that you get a acrylic/plexiglass sheet for bigger working area, a larger rotary cutter and some latex milk for gluing thin latex and attaching cotton to latex.

Tools for making latex August 25th 2009

Special July offer at Blackstyle

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This month Blackstyle offers a 20% discount on their 4D latex sheeting, stripes and tubing!

blackstyle-july-offerFurthermore, they have widend thier range of zippers and metal parts for us latex crafters.

So hurry up and check out their sale, it last only to the 31.07.2009!

And while you shop on discount, have a look on their latex supplies. Blackstyle offers all kind of goodies you need to make your own latex clothing, from thinner and glue to precut latex strips.

New latex clothing gallery

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latex-clothing-galleryI just made a new gallery section, where I will post photos of things I made for myself, husband and friends. I already added some photos and I hope to post as many more. Check out my latex gallery.

Furthermore, I’m also planning on adding a readers gallery, with photos of the things that YOU made! The idea is to show all that everybody can make their own latex clothing with success.

So, if you have something that you would like to show off, then please send me a email containing your name, the photo and a little description, so it can be featured in the readers gallery.

Thanks a lot.

Kitty

News July 22nd 2009

Wedding after-party in latex

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latex wedding gown and suitIt’s been some time since I posted, I have been occupied with my wedding and the wedding after party, so I could not find time for anything else.

wedding-gown-backIt’s amazing how many things you need to do before you are getting married. The wedding went fine and we really had a great time. Next up was our kinky wedding after party, and of course I had to make a latex wedding outfits for me and my husband!

I made a long white latex wedding gown for myself, using a brought pattern I adjusted to fit me.

The gown has a deep cut out in both front and back. The front part is gathered under the breast with pleats. There are extra linings in white around the cut outs and a sweet white bow in front to finalize the decolté.wedding-gown-bow

For my husband I made of course a latex suit.
pants The suit consists of a white latex shirt and suit pants. The latex shirt has double cuffs and a regular botton line in front with pearl buttons to close it.

The latex suit pants have two pockets in front and the back. The back pockets have as well real buttons in to close them.

I made the pattern using the suit he was wearing at our wedding.

I am very happy with the outcome and got a lot of positive comments about it from friends and family.

News July 22nd 2009

Transparent latex shower curtain

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transparent-latex-shower-curtainI made a new beautiful latex shower curtain for our green tiled bathroom. The old one, made from black latex, lasted a little more than two years before it started to rip’n’rot.

The shower curtain made from 4 meters of Radical Rubber‘s Translucent Olive (0.4 mm) latex sheeting, 2 meters of cotton strip, 14 eyelets, latex milk and rubber cement.

I started out by gluing together 2 x 2 meter latex sheets together.

Then I coated the cotton strip with latex milk on both sides and let it dry completely.

Then I glued the latex cotton strip along the top of the latex sheets.

Afterwards I covered the bare side of the cotton strip with a slightly wider latex strip and cut off the excess fabrics.

Finally I marked and cut the holes for the eyelets that was incerted with the special tool they came with and a hammer.

I hope you like it!

Latex Furniture July 20th 2009

Latex in new colors by Radical Rubber

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My favourite latex sheet manufacture – Radical Rubber has come out with 11 fantastic new latex colors in the last six month.

Some of the colors are already available on Radical Rubbers website, the others will soon follow.

But you can already check all of them out on Libidex new color chart.

I already found my favorite colors; translucent lilac, nigthshade blue, medical red, metallic black and the delicious chocolate.

It is so great with so many possibilities and combinations. I love it!

News May 19th 2009

How to make a latex covered chair

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latex chair

It is not latex clothing, but it is still fun and easy!

I love latex furniture, but unfortunately is it not very common and if you find something it is expensive!

So as I saw at a flee market this old chair for approx. $10, I thought I will give it a shoot and turn that into a nice modern piece!

And there you go, my result. It fits perfectly in my bedroom!

If you want to try it your self you will need:chair-old

1. Remove old cover

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Above you can see how the chair looked as I bought it.

I took it apart and removed the old covers. This one had an additional cover underneath which was made out of leather and had a weird pattern. This pressed itself over time into the seat cushion and shows now through. But that’s fine, it actually looks quite nice with the latex cover over it.

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2. Paint

Since I like it black and shiny, I had to paint the wood frame. So I sanded the frame down until it was really nice and smooth. I painted the frame two times with a thin layer of shiny black water based paint. Looks great!

3. Prepare latex cover

img_6495Measure the size of the cushion, length, hight and width. And cut a piece of latex out, according to your cushion size. Remember that it has to be approx. 2″ longer on the ends, so that you can attach it later to the underside of you seat.

Then mark the areas which you will have to cut out, to make it possible to fold and glue the cover into a square or whatever shape your cushion might have. My cover looks like that now, after I measured everything and did the cut outs.
I made the cut outs so, that I have a little flap on one side of each cut out. This makes it easy to glue the pieces together. I just cutted 0.2″ further in on one side to create the flap.
See the picture.

4. Glue in fabric band

img_6491Now, before we start gluing the cover together, we will have to glue in the fabric band!
It will be glued on around all the edges of the cover. This is necessary if you don´t want your latex to rip later when you attach it to the chair with a staple gun!

cotton-band-copyTo attach fabric to latex, you will of course need the latex milk (liquid latex). Apply the latex milk good to the fabric band and let it completely dry! It should not feel wet when you touch it! Then apply also some of the latex milk to the latex, let it dry. Now glue the cotton band on to the inner side of the latex cover. Check out the picture to see where you need to glue it on. If you want to, you can backlay the cotton strip with a thin gauge of latex.

5. Glue the edges together

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Now we can glue the edges together. Apply the glue to the edges and let it dry, then attach it to each other. Remember, if you backlayed your cotton strip with latex, then you have to use the rubber cement which is stronger! If you didn’t do it and have to glue the blank fabric on to the latex then you have to use the latex milk, otherwise it wont work! The combination of rubber cement and cotton just works if it is rubberized cotton! Check out the picture to see how I glued it together.

6. Get it all together

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cushion-drawing Now its almost done! Just pull the cover over your cushion. Attach the cover with the staple gun to the wooden under plate. Therefore you just fold the overlapping Latex with the attached fabric band over, so that it lays on the wooden under plate. Done!

It might be that there is a thicker layer of material on the edges where you have to fold it to the side. If it gets to thick, then you can just cut some of the material out. There can´t happen anything, because you have the cotton band which protects the latex from ripping! But remember not to cut over the cotton band into the latex!
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There are probably screws in your chair wich prevents the seat from sliding around or falling off, so remember also to put those holes in, using a hole puncher.

Enjoy!
Kitty

How to make a latex tank top for men and women

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I received a lot of requests about making tutorials with latex clothing, which is easier to make. So I have chosen to make a latex Tank Top Tutorial this time.
It is really easy! It consists of just two pieces and four small seams.

On the pictures you will see that I am working on a latex tank top for guys, but there is no big difference to a Tank Top for girls. Because I have chosen a very simple cut. Like you will see in my drawings.

You need:

1. Pattern

The pattern is super easy! You need your chest, waist, hip and armpits measurements. If you really have problems making the pattern, get one of your tightest shirts to compare it with your pattern.latex-tank-top_girls latex-tank-top_guys

tank-top-diverseTake a look at the drawings to see the difference between guys and girls tank tops and get some tips.
You can easily change the look of your pattern, by changing the front cut out or by designing a special look in the front! See examples in the drawing.

2. Gluing the shoulder seams

O.K. here you can see the two latex pieces for the latex tank tops for guys and the latex strips.

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The color I have chosen is “translucent smokey black” from Radical Rubber.

If we make a latex tank top or similar things like a T-shirt, will we start with the shoulder seams. That is really easy here, because they are so small. Start by cleaning the surface on the shoulder seams. Now apply a thin layer of glue and let it try! Put the shoulder seams together and apply a little pressure with your finger to it, before you roll over it with your seam roller.

3. Reinforcement and application

shoulder-seams2-copyIf you lie your latex Tank Top now flat on your workspace, it will be easy to glue the latex strips on. It is not a must to glue those on, but it will reinforce the cutting edge and if you chose another color it gives a nice contrast.

The latex strips don’t need to have a certain width, because you will glue them on, so that they will lining-of-tank-topoverlap the cutting edge of your latex tank top. After you are done gluing you just cut the overlapping part off. To keep the same width on the tank top, you can make some markings on the top or if you got a good eye measurement do it without it.

4. Glue the sideseam

cut-off-overlapping-latexNow we will glue the side seams together. We start in the armpit!
Clean the side seam and apply the glue. It is easier if you lie your latex tank top right away in position like you see it on the picture. So that you don’t need to move it a lot around after you applied the glue.

glue-side-seamGlue now the side seams, beginning from the armpit down to the hip together. Done!

apply-rubber-cementYou can glue the finishing latex strip on the bottom of the latex tank top after you glued the side seams together or as well before. That depends on how good you meassured everything in first place. If you glue on the latex strip before you glued the side seams together and it doesn’t fit a 100% on the bottom afterward, your pre-work is gone. Because you have to cut the overlapping piece off and glue then again a latex strip on. Nobody is going to have a latex Tank Top where the front part might be 5 mm longer then the back part. That doesn’t look good!

side-seam-armpitchI glue the finishing strip on the bottom of the latex tank top always at the latest point.
But you dont have to do it all if you dont like it.

Have fun gluing and designing!
Kitty

Tutorials and how to May 12th 2009

How to shorten a zipper to adjust zipper length

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shorten-zipper-0734Sometimes it’s impossible to find a zipper with the right length for your latex project and you will have to shorten it to adjust the length.

1. Make a bottom stop

You want to keep the zippers top stoppers and only shorten it by making a new bottom stop.

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First measure the length you need for the zipper in your garment and mark it onto the zipper. Before you cut anything off, you must sew in a new bottom stop for the slider.

Take a sewing needle and a normal sewing thread and sew a few tight loops around the zip where you have your mark.

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2. Remove zipper teeth

There are different types of zipper teeth. Some can need to be pulled out (carefully) before you can cut them off and some you can cut out right away. It doesn’t matter how you do it, just make sure that the teeth come out without ruining the material around it.

3. Reinforce the end of the zipper

Start by applying glue to the backside of the end of the zipper and a piece of cloth. Allow both to dry completely.

Glue the piece of cloth on to the backside of the zipper. Apply pressure to make a strong bond using your seam roller.

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Note: If the zipper need to be really strong, glue a piece of cloth on the front side too.

Finish off the zipper by cutting a nice rounded edge on the ending with a pair of scissors.

Done!