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QUESTION: Where can I buy latex composition to make dolls with? I would pour it into molds I use to make porcelain dolls.

I read an article about this in the winter 1990 issue of Doll Making Magazine. The article was written by Lavonne Lutterman, but I have been unable to contact her or the magazine to find out where I can purchase latex for this purpose.The only other clue I have is I believe American Girl Dolls sells latex dolls. Perhaps it can tell us where to buy latex for making dolls. - R.S., Bountiful.

ANSWER: We were able to contact Mrs. Lutterman, who lives in Minnesota, by phone. She told us you could purchase latex composition from A-R Products, 11807 7/8, Slauson Ave., Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670, telephone (310) 907-7707. The company specializes in mold-making products.

A one-gallon can costs $20 plus shipping. A five-gallon can costs $75 plus shipping. Latex freezes so you need to get it here before cold weather sets in.

Lutterman said pouring latex castings is relatively easy. The only problem is that the casting comes out of the mold with a seamline that you have to remove. She suggests you use a hand-held electric drill with a felt-tip buffer pad on the end.

She thinks it's easier to clean the casting when it's dry than when it's wet.

Back-to-school reading

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) - Walt Disney Records' Back-to-School Read-Along Program, in effect until Oct. 15, offers Read-Along books and cassettes at reduced retail prices.

In addition, Walt Disney Records says it will donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of any of its 21 classic Read-Along titles to Reading is Fundamental (RIF), a national, nonprofit children's literacy organization.

Read-Along titles include "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," "101 Dalmations" and "Aladdin."

The 24-page fully-illustrated books and accompanying word-for-word cassettes are packaged with a brochure containing reading tips developed by RIF.