There are two main suppliers in the UK. Of these Radical Rubber may be better suited to the hobbyist as it is possible to buy smaller amounts (though there are discounts for buying larger amounts).
A wide range of thicknesses and colours are available from both the suppliers above. Both suppliers above will provide (for a notional cost) a swatch set of each colour and black in each thickness.
USA / Canada
MJ Trends – I have no experience with this supplier. Patterns (and much more) can also be sourced from their site.
Please let me know if there are other suppliers, especially internationally, that should be listed here.
Generally the most useful thickness is 0.4mm. This seems to work well for anything close fitting – as it stretches easily, or loose fitting – as it drapes nicely. For jeans or jackets then 0.5mm or thicker may be appropriate. (XXX link to graph of thickness vs ease.)
Glue and thinner
Glue and thinners can be purchased from either of the above. Due to the flammable solvents these cannot be posted. If you can get to Islington, London then you can buy them from the trade counter at Radical Rubber.
The Supatex website includes this information: “Bostik 3851 Rubber Solution Adhesive with Bostik Cleaner 4 (Solvent cleaner/thinner containing aliphatic hydrocarbon previously known as Bostick6009.) as a primer. Cleaner 4 can also be used to removeBostik 3851 by dissolving it and removing it from the surface. These products should be available from all good hardware stores or see Bostik’s website at http://www.bostik.co.uk“.
The Radical Rubber glue and solvent are sold in 500ml tins branded Radical Rubber, I do not know whether this is their own formulation, or how it compares to the Bostik product.
Copydex is used for preparing non-latex material that is to be incorporated, such as zips, or cotton tape to hold poppers. Copydex 125ml Bottle Adhesive 4598 1652 (Amazon)
For some special applications where it is necessary to glue latex to metal then superglue can be used. Loctite Super Glue Easy Brush (Amazon)
Nitrile gloves You should wear gloves to protect your skin from the thinners.
I’ve only used PRYM fasteners so far.
The PRYM fasteners are also available many of the haberdasheries listed below.
Each set of poppers comes with a tiny punch and a pair of adapters that you use with the supplied folding plastic tool. This involves the accurate use of a hammer. I’ve only had moderate success with the hammer based approach.
If you are doing more than a few poppers then the special PRYM tool is worth having. The adapters that come with each pack of fasteners fit into this tool and make every popper a success. Prym also do a special punch tool that can punch various sizes of hole.
Zips, fasteners, tape
Kleins (www.kleins.co.uk) Zips, fasteners and more hard to find items of hardware haberdashery.
Jaycotts (www.jaycotts.co.uk) General haberdashery. Good for Prym fasteners
Sew and So (www.sewandso.co.uk) General haberdashery. Good for cotton tape.
Abakhan Fluffy trim for Mrs. Clause dress.
Ribbon moon General haberdashery. Good for cord (as used for piping for stewardess hat/bag).
Polish, conditioning and dressing aid