Alginate. 1 pound bag. For fast and accurate casts of all anatomical features and residual parts. Can be used in direct contact to skin. Releases easily. Soft gel like substance firm enough to hold plaster. There is picture in the book of how to use this. Frankly it is cheaper to use plaster or flexible foam, but here it is for those who want the quick easy way. (Amputation and the Lies They Tell You) Gel Time Approximately 3 Minutes with 72 degree water. (Mix 19 Grams to 54ml water)
What Sets Alginate Apart?
- Alginate does not contain free crystalline silica (a known carcinogen).
- Alginate also captures detail better than other alginates, giving you a more accurate reproduction of your original.
- Alginate is easy to use and cures quickly.
- It reproduces fine detail and makes and excellent temporary mold - good for one or two reproductions of any body part. You can then cast plaster, polymer-modified gypsum, or ultra-fast urethane resin into the mold to make a reproduction.
Store and use Alginate in a dry environment at room temperature (72 F / 23 C). This material has a limited shelf life and should be used as soon as possible. Do not allow moisture to come into contact with unused alginate. Use only with adequate ventilation.
Practice: Make a mold of something small (such as your finger) before going on to larger models. You’ll gain a lot of experience with a small test.
Applying a Release Agent - Alginate will not stick to hair-free skin. It will encapsulate hair, and a release preparation is recommended to prevent mechanical lock. CHOLESTEROL Hair Conditioner (available at most pharmacies) can be applied to hair-covered areas prior to applying alginate. It can be washed out of the hair easily after use. Because no two applications are quite the same, a small test application to determine suitability for your project is recommended if performance of this material is in question.
Measuring – Alginate is mixed 1 Part water to 1 Part alginate by volume. Less water will make alginate thicker; more water will make alginate thinner.
Temperature of the Water - At 80 F / 27 C, Alginate will have a Working Time of 8 minutes and a Cure Time of 10 minutes. Warmer water will cause the material to cure faster (less working time). Colder water will give a longer Working Time and slower Cure Time. For best results, sift alginate powder into water and mix as directed.
Mixing - Alginate can be hand-mixed, but best results will be obtained using a power mixer attachment. Drill mix for best results. Attach a Jiffy Mixer or Squirrel Cage Mixer to a power drill and mix for one minute (depending on volume) to a uniform consistency (smooth without any lumps).
Applying – Alginate can be poured around an object or applied to vertical surfaces. You may want to experiment with the amount of water added to Alginate to find a thicker consistency that is right for vertical surface application. For example, mix 1 part water to 1.5 parts Alginate. Work the Alginate into model detail with your hands and let cure. Apply a Support Shell (for vertical surface application) - Once the Renew Alginate cures, a support shell will be necessary to support the alginate mold. Gypsona plaster bandages are ideal for this purpose. All alginate molds will deteriorate quickly. It is recommended that you cast into the mold within 4 hours following
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