Lifecasting Using HYPER-FOLIC® - An Important NEW Lifecasting Tool
HYPER-FOLIC® Release Additive is a non-toxic, skin conditioning liquid that is mixed with Body Double® silicone mold rubber prior to applying rubber to the skin. HYPER-FOLIC® will not only aid in releasing cured rubber from the skin but will also release cured rubber from hair-covered skin surfaces (closely cropped beards, moustaches, eye-brows, pubic hair, etc.)
• Body Double® with HYPER-FOLIC® will still bond to itself.
• Little or no release cream residue in the cured rubber means your mold is immediately ready for casting.
• Used as directed, HYPER-FOLIC® has minimal affect on the tear strength of Body Double®, allowing for an extremely strong mold.
• HYPER-FOLIC® does not affect the skin safety rating of Body Double®
How Does HYPER-FOLIC® additive affect Body Double mold rubber?
• It will lengthen the pot life and cure time of Body Double® silicone.
• It will slightly reduce the tear strength of cured Body Double® silicone.
• Cured Body Double® rubber may shrink slightly over time vs. Body Double® without the additive.
In this sequence, we will mix HYPER-FOLIC® with Body Double® rubber components (100A + 100B + 40 Parts HYPER-FOLIC®) and apply. The result of this technique is that the Body Double® mold rubber will completely penetrate facial or body hair and capture detail from underlying skin. Hair detail will mostly not be reflected in the finished mold or reproduced during casting. This technique is often used for prosthetic make-up applications.
Another option is to apply Body Double® Release Cream to the skin and facial or body hair. Mix HYPER-FOLIC® at a reduced amount with Body Double® rubber components (100A + 100B + 20 Parts HYPER-FOLIC®) and apply. The result of this technique is that the Body Double® mold rubber will partially penetrate hair and hair detail will be reflected in the finished mold or reproduced during casting.
Doing a Full-Head Lifecasting? We recommend that the subject wear a non-latex bald cap.
1 - Body Double Part A is weighed out. (100 grams)
2 - An equal amount of Body Double Part B is weighed out. (100 grams)
3 - 20 parts HYPERFOLIC is added to the part B (40 grams=20 parts of the whole 200 gram batch of Body Double)
4 - The HYPER-FOLIC is mixed into the part B.
5 - The Part A of the Body Double is combined with the Part B.
6 - The material is quickly and thoroughly mixed.
7 - The material is applied, making sure to rub the silicone into beard and eyebrows.
8 - A second coat of Body Double with HYPER-FOLIC is applied.
9 - The final coat of Body Double is applied without using HYPER-FOLIC. This helps add mold strength.
10 - Bandages are used to create a rigid support shell.
11 - The bandages cure in approximately 10 minutes.
12 - The bandage support shell is removed.
13 - The cured Body Double is slowly removed from the face.
14 - Care is taken when removing the Body Double with HYPER-FOLIC from the beard area.
15 - The mold captured skin detail from underneath the eyebrows and beard.
16 - A small batch of Body Double with Thi-Vex thickener is prepared.
17 - The material is mixed into a paste-like consistency.
18 - This material is used to fill the nostrils and any surface defects.
19 - The edge of the silicone is cut using scissors.
20 - The rubber mold is placed in the bandage support shell.
21 - For casting, a small batch of Shell-Shock brushable plastic is prepared by first weighing out the part A...
22 - ...then weighing the part B. This mix ratio of Shell Shock is 1A:5B by weight.
23 - The Shell Shock is quickly and thoroughly mixed.
24 - The Shell Shock is brushed into the mold and allowed to set for 15 minutes.
25 - A second layer of Shell Shock is applied to add strength.
26 - After 1 hour, the bandage support shell is removed.
27 - The Body Double rubber is peeled away from the casting.
28 - The casting is a perfect representation of the model's face.
29 - As no release cream was used, the model's face is clean.