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facial life-casting

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

 

Click here for the supplies shop.Once the alginate has set, you are ready to begin applying a shell of plaster bandage.  This will provide a scaffold for the rubbery skin of alginate, which lacks the strength to support itself once released from the face.  Dip (manageably pre-cut) pieces of plaster bandage in a bowl of water, and squeeze out the excess before applying it evenly and methodically to the face to a thickness of about 3-4 layers.

Make sure you press and smooth the bandage around all the solidified lumps and drips formed by the alginate skin (When you come to removing the cast, you ideally want both the alginate and the plaster to come off together). Add extra layers to stress points such as the nose and chin, and the edges of the face in particular.
Be very careful once again, not to cover the airways of your subject.  Once you are satisfied that the subject is covered, you wait...(10-15mins drying time)

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