After years of offering latex and silicone elf ears, Aradani is proud to announce that we are offering Latex Free Neoprene Elf Ears.
About the Neoprene Elf Ears:
- A water-based liquid Neoprene dispersion created especially for the special effects/creative arts industries.
- Non-toxic, non-hazardous and chemically inert.
- Made in the USA.
- Water, heat, oil, solvent, oxidization and ozone resistant. (It’s burn point is around 500 degrees Fahrenheit).
- Maintains flexibility while still holding shape over a wide range of temperature.
- Readily accepts all paints including acrylic.
- Lightweight and comfortable to wear, softening slightly with body heat.
- Long Lasting. Neoprene resists degradation more than natural or synthetic rubber and has a very low oxidation rate, making it resistant to both indoor and outdoor environments. (Featuring high sun and ozone resistance, neoprene is especially useful for long-term outdoor use.)
- Latex free and virtually hypoallergenic. (Much less likely to cause skin reactions than natural latex).
- We powder all of our ears with 100% talc.
The History of Neoprene: Created in the 1930’s by organic chemists Wallace Carothers and Dr. Arnold M. Collins to replace natural latex for industrial and automotive applications, Neoprene’s chemical, oil, solvent and heat resistance made it extremely versatile and useful. During World War II, even though production had soared, the US military claimed all available Neoroprene for the war effort. By the 1950’s, DuPont had purchased a government owned Neoprene factory to keep up with the increasing demand. Today, after several formulaic improvements and a multitude of useful applications from wetsuit foam to automotive gaskets, over 300,000 tons are produced in the US alone.