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Workspace Requirements

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From: Rubber The Right Way - A Condensed Primer on Making Your Own Latex Clothing


Work Table

  1. For garments up to t-shirt size, 36" x 36" (0.9 m x 0.9 m) is sufficient.
  2. For larger garments a 36" by 72" (0.9 m x 1.8 m) table is required.
  3. A smooth, solvent resistant surface that is free of sharp edges, copper alloys, and any other hazards to latex is required. Formica laminated surfaces serve these requirements well.
    1. Old polished laminate office doors are ideal and can be cheaply acquired at architectural recyclers.
    2. Old formica counters also work well.
    3. Hardware stores and Ikea sell stands to fit under your table.
  4. Arrange your table for a comfortable working height while standing.

Lighting

  1. Provide two good lights at different locations over the table (to cut shadows)
  2. Add one small movable lamp that can highlight work in progress

Cleanliness

  1. Pick a space that can be kept clean. Latex builds static which efficiently collects dust, pet hair, cigarette smoke, and other debris. These wind up in your garment as you assemble it

Storage and Organization

  1. Store your latex rolls suspended on dowels or lying flat. Standing rolls uncurl and the uncurled latex will become damaged.
  2. Add small and large drawers, pegboards, and shelving to keep tools and supplies close at hand.

Hazard Removal

  1. Prevent sunlight from hitting work in progress or stored latex.
  2. Keep latex away from heat and moisture.
  3. Remove copper, brass, and bronze from the work and storage area, as these materials stain latex.
  4. Cover or blunt sharp edges on or near the work or storage area.
  5. Avoid cigarettes or other flames. Latex burns like polyester.
  6. Provide ventilation. Solvents are both toxic and flammable, and latex seams dry quicker.


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