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41506Re: [ICG-D] Re:Head Cast

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  • Lisa A Ashton
    Apr 11, 2009
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      Not 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
      > first
      > 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
      > before
      > 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
      > right,
      > 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
      > can't
      > just mix a little and make some more later if you start to run out,
      > it
      > 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
      > just
      > 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
      > sort
      > 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
      > a
      > fun "bonus cast" when you do your pour later.
      >
      > -Deech
      >
      >
      >
      >
      > On Mon, Apr 6, 2009 at 8:58 PM, Signe <recycledvalkyrie@...>
      > wrote:
      > > Yikes! That's a whole lot of alginate. 1 can is 1 pound or 454
      > grams.
      > > According to 3 Dimensional Makeup by Lee Baygan it takes 210 grams
      > of
      > > 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
      > skin
      > > 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
      > life
      > > 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
      > give
      > > 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
      > e-mail.
      > >>
      > >> 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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