41506Re: [ICG-D] Re:Head Cast
- Apr 11, 2009Not that you've done this before or anything.
Yours in costuming Lisa A>
On Sat, 11 Apr 2009 20:42:16 -0500 Deech <deech@...> writes:
> That's true. It may only take 210 grams to cover the face.
> However, I can promise that the odds of you getting it right the
> time are slim, so buy extra.
> Your technique isn't going to be very tight, thus you'll be sloppy
> with the alginate... so buy extra.
> You won't get the mix right the first time, due to many factors.. so
> buy extra.
> Alginate is not a forgiving substance to work with. Several things
> come into play to determine how long you have to work with it
> it sets up. Heat, humidity, water temp, how new or old the alginate
> is, how well it's been kept.
> And, even if you meticulously make sure all those variables are
> it may still dry to fast or too slow, just to let you know who's in
> charge here.
> 2-3 pounds of alginate is what I've experienced, by the way. You
> just mix a little and make some more later if you start to run out,
> won't all dry at the same time and leave ugly lines in the cast.
> So, do you want to risk running out and wasting all the money you
> spent, or spend the extra few bucks for another pound to make sure
> it's not all a big waste of time and money when you run out just
> of enough to finish.. :)
> If you end up with extra, just pour it into a can that you just
> happened to have sitting nearby and stick someone's hand in it. It's
> fun "bonus cast" when you do your pour later.
> On Mon, Apr 6, 2009 at 8:58 PM, Signe <recycledvalkyrie@...>
> > Yikes! That's a whole lot of alginate. 1 can is 1 pound or 454
> > According to 3 Dimensional Makeup by Lee Baygan it takes 210 grams
> > alginate powder to make a life mask. So 1 can of alginate should
> be more
> > than enough. Keep in mind that you are only covering the front
> half of the
> > head with alginate and it just has to be thick enough to cover the
> > surface. 1 can of Jeltrate alginate is about $15 from dental
> suppliers, like
> > Darby Dental and Henry Schein Dental.
> > I went to the Accu-Cast site recommended by Sheril,
> > http://www.accu-cast.us/proc_head.html, which is a really great
> site -
> > thanks for sharing. They recommend 2 to 3 pounds of alginate for a
> > mask, which is in line with what your housemate recommended, but
> then again,
> > they are in the business of selling alginate. Their alginate
> products are
> > about half the price of the alginate sold by dental suppliers. So
> although I
> > like Jeltrate brand alginate, if I were doing a life mask, I would
> > Accu-Casts' alginate a try.
> > Signe
> >> Ok, this is what my housemate told me:
> >> 3 cans of the alginate stuff.
> >> You will need to support the mold from the out side and plaster
> tape (?)
> >> is
> >> about the best bet.
> >> And support the ears or they get mooshed down.
> >> Aurora,
> >> If you want, I can get you in direct contact with him via
> >> Henry W. Osier
> >> Chairman, Costume-Con 28
> >> May 7 to May 10, 2010
> >> www.CC28.org
> >> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
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