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Where do you get a latex puppet?

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April 28, 2007 1:56PM

There are different types of latex rubber used to make puppets. 1.Slip Latex, which is similar to what Halloween masks are made of. When cast it is a flexible membrane that holds it shape well. The most extensive collection of latex puppet characters for sale is from Axtell Expressions. www.axtell.com Some horror type puppets are also available from slip latex at http://thehorrordome.com/HDSHOPPINGPROPS/HDSHOPPINGPUPPETS.htm 2. Foam Latex. This is a softer latex that is often used in the film industry for special effects and stop motion puppets. It has a softer skin and because of the spongy characteristic it wrinkles and moves like real skin. It is primarily used for short term television or movies because it does not have a long life and can often tear. Spitting Image, the British satire program in the 70s and 80s used foam latex extensively. While there may not be any companies offering off the shelf foam latex puppets, you can read about making your own here from this article by Tom McLaughlin.... http://www.sagecraft.com/puppetry/building/FoamPuppets.html