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facial life-casting

1: Materials    2: Preparation  3: Alginate    4: Adding Strength  5: Removal  6: The Positive

Click here for the supplies shop.Following the manufacturers directions for mixing the alginate, ensure that the mixture is free from lumps and that all the dry powder has been turned to a smooth paste.  Then, begin applying it to the face.


The most important thing to remember is safety. You may find yourself in the predicament of having 80% successfully completed the casting process, when your subject begins showing signs of distress or difficulty breathing. You should not hesitate to be willing to destroy your work at any given moment in favour of the subjects well-being.

Make sure that the subject's airways are constantly monitored and kept clear.


Starting from the forehead, gradually working your way down the face keeping a minimum thickness of 1/4" (6mm).  When you get to the eyes (which should be closed), make sure that you do not trap air bubbles in the corners by keeping constant contact with your fingers to the face.  Pay particular attention not to cover the nostrils.  The alginate will soon cover the mouth, so the nasal airways must be kept clear at all times.
Gravity and the product's liquid state will cause it to run.  You must control this until it sets (5 min approx.), by picking up the excess and depositing it back. Pay particular attention to weak points such as the tip of the nose and edges of the face.


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