Just a typical Saturday afternoon at My place. My Rubber Doll, who I haven't been able to see throughout the covid restrictions, was finally able to come by for a visit, now that we're both vaccinated and Alberta has removed some restrictions. The door knocks and there's My good friend, a tall, slender, ageless gentleman with a suitcase. After hugs and hellos, we head down to the basement and chat. Oh yes, My rubber doll also happens to be STEFFY, a rubber doll icon and fetish model, who was crowned Miss Rubber World 2008.
Whenever STEFFY (yes, STEFFY is all caps, and has always been so) comes to play, I get inundated with all the latex outfits and interchangeable pieces that I must choose from. Because this was mostly a "hang out in latex while I do other stuff" kind of visit, I chose the Klinik Doll for her to wear. Her story on how Klinik came to be:
I first saw the pic of Lady Asmodena with her new outfit in a pink rubber doll and I knew that I wanted one. I wrote Lady Asmodena and inquired where the outfit had come from, and she wrote back with the details stating that it had come from Latex Catfish. I immediately ordered one! A lot of people comment on the surgical green color of the doll, but I thought it was appropriate given that I like medical play. Once it arrived, I added some details. It needed the pigtails, so I made those to tuck into the tubes on the head. The facial expression it came with were not really my style, so I added the eyes and lips. I took inspiration for the shapes from the German artist Gernot, so Klinik's eyes are a little different from others. And of course I needed hips, so I ordered underpants that would give me the hip shape I wanted.
And latex catfish still offers the same base design in their regular catalog! I get comfy and watch, and as the male transforms into the delicious rubber doll (laughing and commenting "I'm a shapeshifter" as he inflates his hip-pants) we chat about what to tell new people looking into latex.
Tip number one: Start small and work your way up. So many people dream of sliding into a latex catsuit and dowsing themselves in lube for a giant game of slip n slide, but often reality and fantasy are not friends. Panties, socks, etc are more affordable pieces as you get a feel for the fetish. It might not be all you imagined.
Tip number two: Buy custom pieces! Everything latex should be made to order. Latex may stretch, but not that much, honey! For inflatable pieces, do research to see what types of valves/condensation tubes the maker uses. These may seem like common sense, but even latex lifers get caught having to replace a set of valves because their custom piece was made with an inferior product. As an aside, latex Catfish use amazing tubes/valves!
Tip number next: Take care of tour pieces. Oil is not a friend of latex, and your body has oils. This is why the lubes we use in latex play are water based. After wearing a piece, it needs to be washed (duh!). How does STEFFY do it? "I toss them all in the tub with some tide to soak, then swish and wash each piece." Hm. Laundry soap cleans body oils? Who'd have thunk!
I'm typing away while watching the struggles of getting into this amazing piece of rubber, chuckling as they blow up boob-balloons and skirt-balloons. The skirt balloon (tube encircling the skirt) reminds me of the balloons clowns would use to make balloon animals! Oh, how we fetishize everything...
Sometimes I quite enjoy the predicament of trying to slide into a full-body piece. As with most of the things that happen in My Dungeon, lube is your friend! There are a few options, including pricey "Latex dressing aides", which have a nice viscosity for squeezing around the corners of arms, etc. For other parts like legs and body, a nice water-based lube is good. J-lube works, but holy fuck does it ever get messy! Best options? Use dressing aid for the pinchpoints and lube as needed elsewhere. Oh yeah, hair acts like a friction device, so it's a really good idea to shave the arms, legs, pits, back, etc...
Another pro tip STEFFY offered up is to look for some cotton gloves. The kind used to handle negatives in film processing. This will give you a better (and cleaner) grip to push and pull your latex into place over the lubed up body it covers. If you are dressing yourself, however, you can use a towel. You know, like how you grab a towel to take things from the oven when you can't find the oven mitt? yea, like that! Just make sure it's a clean, cotton towel. Nothing beats the sound of latex slipping into place.
Now that STEFFY, aka My rubber bitch, aka Klinik Doll is dressed, complete with inflated hands and head, I tell her to go sit in the corner while I keep doing My thing.
What about repairing latex?
Got a rip or blown a seam? Take it to a repair guy. Unfortunately, those are not the easiest to find, or the least embarrassing if you're shy about your kink. It really isn't rocket science to do it yourself, but it does take a lot of patience.
Before you repair any piece, you need to get it clean. Really clean. Chemically clean. Use soap and water to get rid of all those nasty body oils that like to mess up our latex. In fact, I like to use gloves from this point on. Next, you need to chemically clean it. The best way is to use Naptha, or white gas, which is basically Coleman camp stove fuel. Make sure you are well ventilated and no sparks are around, then cut some paper towel into smaller squares, dab a square in gas and wipe your clean latex. It will immediately curl up and make you scared you've ruined your piece, but relax! Take a deep breath, drink some coffee, and after 15 or 20 minutes, the latex will relax back to its original shape. Now, it is chemically clean and ready to repair.
If you are repairing a small rip, you will want to ensure the patch piece and the original piece are all chemically clean. Then you take some scotch magic tape, line up one end of the torn garment on the side *without* the patch, and tape it into place. Line up the tear, as close as possible to the original placement, and place another tape piece over the tear where both pieces are touching, keeping it in position. Now, when you turn it over you should be able to see the piece as it was before the tear happened.
After you turn it over, you need to chemically clean the patch side. Again, wipe it with the gas, cringe as it wrinkles, and once it relaxes you can breathe again. This time, you want it really dry, so it should be about 30 minutes after you apply the gas before you continue.
Now for the fun part. Take your rubber cement. Yes, the clear gooey stuff that comes with a brush in the bottle. Brush a thin layer of rubber cement over your taped seam, and let it dry. Brush a thin layer of rubber cement over your patch piece, and then let it dry too. After another half an hour, when both pieces are dry to the (gloved) touch, carefully press the dry patch piece over the dry seam. Roll it to ensure a tight seal and you're done!
To repair a seam, you use the same process, but this time with no patch pieces. Chemically clean the material, use your tape and reglue the seam!
While it may be tempting to use super glue or epoxy to mend your latex, remember that latex stretches. Anything you use to repair also needs to have that flexibility, or else you are constantly repairing it. If you want some scraps to practice on, shoot Me a message and I'll get you some scrap sheet latex to master the technique before you try it on your high-end, custom pieces!
Have a rubberlicious day, from STEFFY and Miss K!