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Making a Badger Hood by melesmeles-faber Making a Badger Hood by melesmeles-faber
Making ears for this hood in late November 2011 :[link]

25/10/2011 Unfinished Badger Hood , my badger snout, and 12 coats of latex painted onto my head (5 hours work), will hopefully paint him tomorrow......[link]

26/10/2011 I've got quite a sore face this morning (and last night) where the prosthetic was glued to it. This is not an allergy, but just because the prosthetic was pulling a the skin. The soreness goes away in a day or two........:)

This hood weighs 50g less then the last (dog) one. My badger prosthetic which I attached to this one was quite heavy and sturdy, so I suspect I should have (at least) painted another 2 layers on the head.....Hopefully I can make up for this when painting on the coloured layers..... This happened maybe because I used a foam and not a bristle brush......
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Frazzled-Niya Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
if say you are allergic to latex is there something you can put between your skin and the latex to avoid the irritation??
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melesmeles-faber Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I really don't have an answer to this....:( Barrier cream? Wouldn't suffice I think. One solution would be not to use latex, but silicone instead,of which I have no experience, but have heard it has all the properties of latex....
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Frazzled-Niya Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
trial and error I guess.
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melesmeles-faber Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Try a small of amount of latex on a patch of skin for a few hours, see the reaction, then see if there are any after effects up to several days later.....
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Frazzled-Niya Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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melesmeles-faber Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No problem ! :)
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bethyeehah Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011   Artist
thats a great photo shoot thing youve done - makes the process very visual - so interesting. not sure i like the feel of that latex though! for me personally! does it give a lot when you give his snout a squeeze? could you do larger out rigging kind of projections off his face (i know you wouldnt with a badger, but just assuming i wanted to) or would you start needing to support the latex (maybe you already did that with the snout..?)
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melesmeles-faber Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes latex is maybe hated or loved.... It's really just rubber though, from a tree :).... The snout on this was more solid then earlier castings, but yes it can still be squeezed! I'm not sure yet of how big a horns or ears one could add if one wanted to this sort of mask, if made out of latex. I've been only doing this for 2 months...... The lower jaw of that snout has a rectangle of denim stuck in it for stiffness :)
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bethyeehah Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011   Artist
yes i hope it IS out of a tree - thats somewhat better :) theres something so sad about the softness though.. i want my masks to be solid and hard with no give whatseoever. it does make you question why though doesnt it!
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melesmeles-faber Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No , if I had a mask out of metal I'd want it to be hard too. My idea of something interesting, (and possibly weird) if I can get back to sheet metal bashing, is a metal badger mask as part of an armour. You lift the badger visor, and find no human underneath, but a (latex) badger snout......
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