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Foam latex ovens: Design, materials and Construction Paperback – 1994


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Alchemy Press (1994)
  • ASIN: B008OMJHLE
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,981,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gary Boham on April 20, 2006
I was amazed to see it listed on Amazon. The content of this book is so specialized it has only been offered through retailers in NY and LA, where the majority of special effects work is done.

If you know what foam latex prosthetics are, then you know you need an oven to cure the foam pieces. This book allows you to build your own oven for less than half the cost of a professionally-manufactured oven. The prices listed in the book are now 10 years old, but the major suppliers are still around (Graingers, for example) and the available materials haven't changed significantly.

The book has a few pages of 'work sheets' so you can figure out the largest mold you will want to bake, then calculate the size and power requirements of an oven that will hold that mold. You buy the heating element and insulation, build a frame, and put it together yourself. Not terribly difficult, but you'll need to know the basics of electrical wiring, how to bolt things together, etc. It's surprising how much of the necessary material can be found even in a medium-sized city.

I've thought of revising or updating the book, but basically it would just be a rewrite of the existing text plus an update on the prices. The basic content is still sound despite being over 10 years old.

gary@force-options.com
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W. Fitzgerald on October 12, 2006
This is an excellent book about making your own oven to cure foam-latex prosthetics. I'm just getting into this fascinating hobby, and this book helped me a lot. It is still available on the internet, just do a google search. Making the oven is relatively easy with the help of this book, but making the molds to make the prosthetics is another story. This book doesn't cover mold making at all, so you will need another reference for that.
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