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« on: October 19, 2005 09:00:24 AM »

I want to attach some rubber bugs to my skin this year ala Martha.


What's the best adhesive to use for this? Eyelash glue? Spirit gum? Super glue? The first two seem too flimsy and super glue kind of scares me.
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2005 09:23:55 AM »

I'm not sure what would work on skin, but you could wear flesh toned tights and stick the bugs on them - then you wouldnt actually have glue on your skin.

« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2005 11:25:45 AM »

I've had good luck so far using eyelash glue to keep rhinestones on my face.  They come off easily but stay on.  I've heard super glue works great but I'd be careful using it.  The eyelash glue and spirit gum might be strong than you think; experiment when you have time at home and attach a bug for a few hours. 

Attaching them to tights or clothes is a good idea as well and that way you wouldn't have to worry as much about bugs falling off of you.

You could google for theater make-up sites for ideas too.  They would have experience with sticking stuff on that would have to last for hours under hot lights.
« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2005 12:39:10 PM »

I recommend liquid latex from a costume shop. I did this (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v338/lisatryxx/IMG_4952.jpg) with it, anyway. It comes off with just soap and a little rubbing.
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« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2005 01:28:04 PM »

Spirit Gum has never done me wrong I've been using in LARPing for 12 years. The only issue you may have with SG is your bugs may end up  being too heavy.

You can always take the bugs that will grace your face with you to a shop that sells both SG and LL and ask the people to help you decide between the two.

I wouldn't use super glue, its not meant to be used on your face where both SG and LL are.

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« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2005 02:22:26 PM »

ditto liquid latex. It's never let me down. But it sure does stink!

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« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2005 08:55:59 PM »

Make sure you get the liquid latex made for theatrical makeup and not the stuff for props or mold-making. There is ammonia in the non-cosmetic kind, it's cheaper but it's not good for your skin. Especially near the eyes. Fake eyelash glue is made of latex, and the fake scar stuff is basically the same thing but with some filler in it to give it more texture.

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