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Lifecasting Advice & Tips


I'm going to be doing a life cast of my face or whole head soon and wanted some experinced opinions.

1. Do I really have to shave my face? How much would dental alginate stick to facial hair?

2. Would it be a good idea to start with a face cast first to get a good idea of the timing involved before doing a whole head cast?

3. Do you all ahve any good general tips or pointers for a first timer?

Thanks

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Re: ? Questions About Life Casting


this is a good start
Making A Full Headcast


i hope this helps

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Real dental Alginate wont stick to hair at all.

I made a cast of my face and did the rest of my head in JUST plaster bandage (over saran wrap) and it worked out fine.

Eventualy!
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For checking timing of the alginate cureing test a smaller amount on your hand. this way you get an idea also how the alginate looks when its mixed.


John

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www.monstermakers.com
Go there and look into getting some alginate from them. I believe they even have face casting kits.
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I have my own methods for lifecasting. Would take me a while to describe. Some quick tips. You can get a vacumn lock on your skin from alginate. Doesn't happen too often, but it can. A small amount of baby oil rubbed on the skin will help. In a vacummn lock, when you pull off the alginate, it creates a suction that pulls the blood to the top of the skin, and you will have a red spot for about a week or so. Doesn't happen often, so don't sweat that too much.

Your biggest headache will be GRAVITY. Gravity pulls down the alginate as you are applying it. You will get the frustration feeling that you are chasing your tail a bit.

A tip - While wearing rubber gloves use one hand to scoop up the alginate from the bucket, the other to apply. Do not switch hands!. Otherwise you get into having to constantly scrape the alginate from one hand off the other.

This adds precious time to process, making the subject have to sit under this crap longer. Minutes is like days to the guy under this junk. Have a clock in the room facing you while you do this, so you don't start slowing down your pace.

I would recommend doing just a face cast to get used to what you are up against. Also make sure you got a handle on the material you are going to cast in the mold before you do the lifecast. You got a window of about 30 min. before the alginate starts to lose water, and the alginate shrinks & starts cracking, so you gotta move quick.

I would also go into the mold and blot out any excess water before casting with a paper towel. I would also get used to using fast setting alginate instead of the slow set. You want to get used to the idea of making this thing happen as fast as possible. Gravity and time are the main foes here.

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Although I haven’t personally tried this method out yet I thinks it’s an interesting alternative for a full head life cast. The gist of it is to use plaster bandages and not alginate for the back half since you usually don’t need that level of detail for the back of your head and it cuts down on the amount of alginate you need over all. I’m hoping to try this technique out later this month and will post pics once I’m done. Here is the link with pretty good instructions. GOOD LUCK!

http://www.accu-cast.us/broadband/ProcedureHeadCast01.htm
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i like that one TitaniumBat it loocks cheper :cheers :up

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I've seen casts done on people who didn't want to totally shave.

-Use vaseline to slick down the beard. If possible trim it down so it isn't bushy, similar to eyebrows.

-Also get prosthetic alginate. Dental alginates set faster and have flavor additives that may irritate skin, cinnamon and mint especially.

-Get one of those flour sifters, it helps. Sometimes the alginate will be "lumpy" 'cause the powder is slightly compressed during shipping.

-Prepare everything beforehand, like bandages, etc.

-Get someone who knows what they're doing if possible. Otherwise walk the person through things, so they're comfortable with the procedure.

-Hand signals help the person applying the alginate know if you're ok or not. Some poeple find out they're claustrophobic during lifecasting.

-Sit in a comfortable straight back chair and focus on a point on an opposite wall that will put your head in it's most natural position. sounds odd, but looking slightly to the side or up or down will throw off your cast and sculpts. Plus the chair helps to keep you from slouching.

-Use big-a$$ plastic bowls. It helps when mixing.

-Find you "zen" place. It's easy to nod off while under the alginate and bandages. DON'T! Your head will probably lean forward if you do.

-Plaster bandages get HEAVY. Don't be too alarmed at the weight.


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Re: ? Questions About Life Casting


Thank You all for your great responses. They've been a lot of help and have given me a good direction to go in.

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