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  1. Life Casting - Hair Beware

    MoldEZ Hair release is an important tool for life casting artists.

    Summary – Hair presents a challenge when making a lifecasting of the head or face. Following the correct procedures in molding hair will add to the comfort of your model as well as the quality of your life cast.

    Body casting is not a difficult procedure as there are many YouTube videos to teach the newcomer. However, a bit more care is needed when molding specific parts of the face and head such as the nostrils, ears and especially the facial and head hair. Improperly applied mold material will result in a distorted cast, or worse tangled hair that will certainly tear the mold apart when demolding, not to mention upsetting the model.

    In protecting hair from tangling in the mold material, the traditional method is to slather on petroleum jelly. However, though this will minimize tangling, petroleum jelly is difficult to remove from the model’s hair, oft

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  2. Life Casting Perfect Ears

    Life casting perfect ears tutorial: This video explains the two methods most frequently used to cast perfect since ears are very difficult to cast due to their delicateness. The first method is that used be special F/X artist and the second method which was developed by the late Dave Parvin is used successfully in life casting.

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  3. How to Best Use Prosthetic Grade Alginates in Life Casting

    Today's life casting alginates evolved from dental formulations known as dental impression material. In fact, the alginate definition is referred to as impression material in dentistry. However, alginates are also widely used in the medical field for dressings and wound care and also in the food industry as a food supplement.

    Alginate used in life casting and mold making is distinguished by slower setting times as compared to dental formulas. Most formulations consist of raw materials, known as sodium alginate or potassium alginate, which are refined from seaweed, specifically giant kelp. These materials are then combined with other ingredients to make a gel-like substance when mixed with water.

    Because alginate-based impression material was originally designed to take molds inside the mold, its ingredients are hypoallergenic and completely skin-safe . . . the perfect material for taking molds of

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  4. Slush Casting The Full Head Latex Mask

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    In this posting, we provide complete instructions on how to create a professional quality full-head, latex mask.

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  5. Lincoln Life Casts Turn High Tech

    Lincoln Life Cast 2       Many notables of the past had life castings made of themselves. President Lincoln was no exception. The sculptor Leonard Volk in 1860 was commissioned by the U.S. government to do a full-size bronze casting ofLincoln's head. Volk wrote that it took about an hour to get his plaster to set up on Lincoln’.Now the Smithsonian is taking this face casting to another level.
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  6. Iranian ALI Member Honored

     Humanitarian Award   I just heard from Iraj Moslehi, this morning. He is an Iranian based anaplastologist and member of the Association of Lifecasters International. Iraj has done some amazing work in Iran creating facial prosthetics for Iranian war victims. For all of his good works, most of which were done on a voluntary basis, Iraj was honored in May by the International Anaplastology Association (IAA) where he is also a member.
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  7. The Life Caster's Best Friend

    Algislo     A number of years ago we asked our chemist to develop and application that would delay the set time of alginate. After a number of trial and errors he came up with a formula we call Algislo. Through a series of symbiotic events, not only does this formula delay the set time of all alginate impression material products, it also dissolves the surface of alginate.
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  8. Hyper Realist Sculptor Jamie Salmon

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    Wreckage - small By Jamie Salmon   Jamie Salmon is a British born, self-taught contemporary sculptor, living and working in Vancouver, Canada. He started his career working as a commercial artist and sculptor for the movie effects industry. He specializes in hyper-realistic sculpture, both figurative and portrait, utilizing such materials as silicone rubber, resin, hair and fabric.
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  9. Gimme a Little Squeeze, Will Ya, Huh?


    When you squeeze something, it gets smaller. Unless you're at Argonne National Laboratory.

    At the suburban Chicago laboratory, a group of scientists has seemingly defied the laws of physics and found a way to apply pressure to make a material expand instead of compress or contract.

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  10. Chinese Farmer Jailed for Other Worldly "Life" Casting

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    As proof of extraterrestrial life, one Chinese farmer's crudely built rubber alien, was found stashed in his freezer chest in his garage. Sadly, it may have been his first attempt as it was rather unconvincing. When it was discovered by the authorities, the errand other-worldly life caster was carted off to jail for disturbing the peace.

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