Alginate Moulding Compound
Alginate is primarily used for making moulds of body parts eg. Hands, Feet, Faces etc. It is very quick setting and will pick up fine detail. It is seaweed based and is non toxic. The dust from alginate (as with any dust) can be a respiratory hazard and precautions should be taken to avoid inhalation
Powder/Water Ratio = 1 to 1 ie. 1 cup of Alginate to 1 cup of Cold Water
1) Measure out required quantities
2) Place alginate in a clean dry bowl
3) Add water slowly and begin mixing. Mix vigourously to break down
any lumps. It should have a similar consitency to porridge.
4) Working time is approx 1-2 minutes. You will need to work quickly to
make your mould.
5) When set, you will need to cast plaster into the mould as soon as
possible as your mould will start to break down quickly.
6) When plaster has set remove alginate taking care not to break any
Chromatic alginate will go purple when mixed, when set it will turn to white.
Moulds made from alginate will need to be supported. If taking a mould of a hand this can be done by pouring alginate into a jug or similar vessel and then sink hand into it. Tap to remove any air bubbles. When set alginate is very flexible so you will be able to carefully pull hand out. The jug will provide support. If taking a cast of a face or torso, when the alginate has set, apply a couple of layers of modroc over the top to form the support when
Alginate will not stick to skin but will grip hair, thoroughly coat any exposed hair with petroleum jelly.
Alginate will bond to fabric. Take care with clothing and furnishings.
When making a face cast ensure subject can breath (straws can be useful for this) and that their eyes are closed. Block nose and earholes with cotton wool and apply petroleum jelly to eye brows and any other exposed facial hair (a swimming cap or similar should be used to cover hair on head) Work from the forehead down, ensuring no air bubbles get trapped
in the corners of the eyes or around the nostrils. Use a lolly stick to work alginate around the nose. When set apply modroc to form support
Approx Quantities Required
Baby Hand or Foot 200g Adult Hand or Foot 450g
Face without Ears 450g Front Torso 900g
These are only approximate guides. It may be worthwhile to do test casts before undertaking larger projects.
If you wish to make copies of your cast use latex to make a reusable mould.
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