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Molding a Face With Alja-Safe® Acrobat® Fiber Reinforced Alginate…
Holds A Vertical Surface, Higher Tear Strength and Crystalline Silica Free (non-carcinogen)

This gallery will show a step-by-step techique for molding a face using
Alja-Safe® Acrobat® fiber reinforced lifecasting material.

Alja-Safe® Acrobat® is a fiber reinforced "non-sag" version of original Alja-Safe® life casting alginate. Acrobat is thicker and holds vertical surfaces allowing the user better control for making molds of the face, torso, etc.
Alja-Safe® Acrobat® reproduces perfect detail from all body surfaces and is good for making temporary molds that can be used to make highly detailed reproductions cast in wax, plaster, Matrix® NEO® (polymer modified gypsum), platinum cure silicone or Smooth-Cast® 300Q ultra-fast urethane resin.

Easy To Use
– Mix ratio is 1 part
Alja-Safe® Acrobat® powder sifted into 1 part water (1:1 by volume). Working time is 5 minutes and cure time is 8 minutes, assuming a water temperature of 80° F / 27° C.

Like original Alja-Safe® -
Alja-Safe® Acrobat® is skin safe and does not contain crystalline silica (a known carcinogen).
 Alja-Safe® Acrobat® is measured into a plastic cup.

1 - Alja-Safe® Acrobat® is measured into a plastic cup.
 An equal amount of water is measured out.

2 - An equal amount of water is measured out.
 Alja-Safe® Acrobat® has a 1:1 mix ratio by volume.

3 - Alja-Safe® Acrobat® has a 1:1 mix ratio by volume.
 The Alja-Safe® Acrobat® is firmly packed into the cup.

4 - The Alja-Safe® Acrobat® is firmly packed into the cup.
 The model is prepared with a non-latex plastic bald cap.

5 - The model is prepared with a non-latex plastic bald cap.
 The water is poured into a mixing container.

6 - The water is poured into a mixing container.
 The Alja-Safe® Acrobat® is sifted onto the water.

7 - The Alja-Safe® Acrobat® is sifted onto the water.
 The material is mixed rapidly and thoroughly.  A turbine drill mixer may also be used.

8 - The material is mixed rapidly and thoroughly. A turbine drill mixer may also be used.
 The resulting material holds a vertical surface well.

9 - The resulting material holds a vertical surface well.
 the Alja-Safe® Acrobat® is applied to the face of the model using a wooden spatula.

10 - the Alja-Safe® Acrobat® is applied to the face of the model using a wooden spatula.
 The material is smoothed over the surface of the face.  Nostril holes are left open to pride an airway.

11 - The material is smoothed over the surface of the face. Nostril holes are left open to pride an airway.
 A small wooden stick is used to further smooth out the material.

12 - A small wooden stick is used to further smooth out the material.
 After 10 minutes, the Alja-Safe® Acrobat® is fully cured.

13 - After 10 minutes, the Alja-Safe® Acrobat® is fully cured.
 Gypsona® plaster bandages are moistened in warm water.

14 - Gypsona® plaster bandages are moistened in warm water.
 The bandages are placed over the cured Alja-Safe® Acrobat®.

15 - The bandages are placed over the cured Alja-Safe® Acrobat®.
 The bandage support shell can be is allowed to cure for 10 minutes.

16 - The bandage support shell can be is allowed to cure for 10 minutes.
 The bandage support shell is gently removed.

17 - The bandage support shell is gently removed.
 The Alja-Safe® Acrobat® is peeled away.  The fiber reinforcement of Alja-Safe® Acrobat® reduces the risk of the mold tearing.

18 - The Alja-Safe® Acrobat® is peeled away. The fiber reinforcement of Alja-Safe® Acrobat® reduces the risk of the mold tearing.
 Alja-Safe® Acrobat® captures excellent detail.

19 - Alja-Safe® Acrobat® captures excellent detail.
 A small amount of clay is used to seal the nostril holes.

20 - A small amount of clay is used to seal the nostril holes.
 duoMatrix NEO® - a polymer gypsum casting material - is measured out 2A:1B by volume and mixed.

21 - duoMatrix NEO® - a polymer gypsum casting material - is measured out 2A:1B by volume and mixed.
 duoMatrix NEO® is brushed into the mold.  For more info on NEO®, <a href='http://www.smooth-on.com/duoMatrixâ„¢-Systems/c8_1174/index.html' target='_blank'>CLICK HERE</a>.

22 - duoMatrix NEO® is brushed into the mold. For more info on NEO®, CLICK HERE.
 Additional duoMatrix NEO® is added to provide strength.

23 - Additional duoMatrix NEO® is added to provide strength.
 After 60 minutes, the bandage support shell is removed.

24 - After 60 minutes, the bandage support shell is removed.
 The Alja-Safe® Acrobat® mold is removed from the cast duoMatrix NEO®.

25 - The Alja-Safe® Acrobat® mold is removed from the cast duoMatrix NEO®.
 A wooden tool is used to remove any slight defects.

26 - A wooden tool is used to remove any slight defects.
 The duoMatrix NEO® casting reflects excellent detail.

27 - The duoMatrix NEO® casting reflects excellent detail.

                   
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