I have a few questions, since I have looked up so much on this topic from other places (Including Hunter's Lair, which was probably very good for this topic,) and came up empty handed and still clueless on how I will do this... I'm planning to make a suit out of latex by having some type of bodysuit spandex material as a base and putting foam on it for added details like muscles, elevated ares (Trying to keep it vague here, let's use "reptile" as the "Keyword"...), but I'm really caught in the center of how I will do this So here are the questions...
1)What type of material will be good to build off of, I'm thinking Lycra Or Spandex, but I'm having a hard time deciding which one.
2a)Anybody have experience with Poly Late(?) False Face latex? If so, how is the firmness once it dries and do you think it will be moderately flexible if brushed/sprayed on a suit (foam specifically).
2b)If not, what latexes have you used, does it remain flexible once on foam, and where did you get it from?
(I can get False Face Latex pretty easily, but Laguna Clay in Southern California rarely stocks it. I'd also like a Semi-Local Supplier of Liquid Latex in SoCal, Los Angeles if any of you know of any.)
3)What type of glue would be good to keep the Foam together and still maintain flexibility?
*Edits based on thought*
4)It seems that the tail will be a questionable piece, I want it attached to the suit, but I'm really doubting durability to it being pulled. Any way to keep it attached to the suit very well that is resistant to pulling/strikes? I'm also thinking of this http://rarsuit.livejournal.com/44876.html
, although, probably not with Sintra. Same with wings (And now you [should] know where I'm going with this.)
5)A noticeable Seam for entry is a mood killer for me, I was thinking about being able to detach the "Underbelly" scales and hiding the zipper underneath, but how would I hide the fact that it's removable, some good airbrushing shadow to hide it, right? Plus I'd prefer something easy(ier) for me to get in and out by myself (Or, with very little help.
My Original plan was to get a spandex suit, and glue the foam support, then with more foam to add the muscle dtail onto it. Then I would put a Lycra suit on top and latex it to somewhat, soften the details. Next I was planning to apply very thin "Reptile Skin" latex texture sheets from a master mold copy and carve them to mesh well so it looks like there is no dividing line in between the textures on them then add more foam to form the underbelly section and some scutes in other places. The Finally, a few more coats of latex and paint it, with finalizing details such as eyes, horns, spines, etc...