The Art of Darkness

“Melting” Hosiery

March 25th, 2013 by Cobwebs

Melting TightsBoingBoing recently pointed to the German company URB, who specialize in tights and socks that appear to be melting.

It’s a neat idea, but the prices are pretty cringe-inducing: $55USD, plus shipping. For that price you could buy a whole lot of liquid latex and roll your own.

Liquid latex is available at a lot of party stores around Halloween–it can be used for special-effects makeup like wrinkly skin–and can also be found in a wide range of colors online: LiquidLatex and Liquid-Latex are two sources, but there are plenty of others. The online sites also have guides for using the material, so you can refer to them for the best way to apply the latex to clothing.

You can wear the socks/tights and have someone else make the latex drips, but a more convenient way is to stretch them over a piece of PVC pipe (or, in a real pinch, a can of tomatoes) that is the same circumference as whatever part of your leg you want the drips on (thighs/calves/ankles). Brush on a thick layer at the top, then allow extra latex to drip down as far as you want. Set aside to dry, then carefully peel off of the PVC. Distress further with holes and runners as desired.

Easy! Much cheaper than buying them premade, and if you somehow manage to ruin them it’s easy to make more.

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