I don't know you probably need a mold of some kind for the wings or it will stick on the ground.
That's very insightful Jen !I did a small flat project fairly recently. It's not the scope you're talking about, but the principles still apply. If you pour directly onto the floor, you should probably have a thin coat of mold release under your pour. Some people use cooking spray for small molds. I don't know why it wouldn't work for larger areas. It has been suggested that any residual oil should be washed off after. I don't know whether it would have a negative effect on the latex, but best not to risk it, I guess.
Also, when you peel your finished product up, it can stick to itself and be difficult to re-smooth. A little dusting of cornstarch, baby powder, or similar helps keep that from happening.
Maybe you've already considered and dismissed the idea, but I'll bring it up anyway. Sheet latex might be cheaper, and you can get it in various thicknesses and a wide variety of colors. It's what I'm working with for bat & gargoyle wings. You could texture it or build it up in spots with liquid latex (if you prep it for adhesion).
That's excellent info...From the way it's presented, I gather the biggest market for latex 'fabric' sheets is in fetish costume construction. I tend to prefer cotton T's and jeans myself, but the stuff makes wicked bat wings. I ordered from a place in Canada the first time I got some, but I don't remember the name of the supplier. More recently I ordered from MJTrends. I got some adhesive from them, too, but haven't tried using it yet. The sheeting is good quality, and you can order by the yard. Shipping costs were within reason, and they were quick.
They do have translucent options. I like transparent smoke, but it's not available in the thicker fabrications. It's tough stuff, though, even in .2 mm
That's a fantastic idea ! Perhaps wedded to wire hangers to give some strength?I think I would cut mosquito netting to form and dunk/coat it in the latex, then hang over a form to dry.
One thing I've been doing (and it depends on what look you're going for on the wings whether it's a good idea or not here) is mixing liquid latex with paint, and then dunking fabric in it to use in some kind of cross between monster mud and Mr Chicken style corpsing.Just remember that liquid latex will flow before it sets, and if you drape dip-coated netting over a form with higher and lower areas, you'll get thick and thin spots. Also, if you use a non-elastic reinforcement like netting, your finished product will lose the elasticity of just latex. That may or may not be an issue for you, but it's something to bear in mind.
The medium is fairly pricey. If you choose to dip, you might want to consider a little small-scale experimentation before you go for the real deal.