Lifecasting How‑To's

Smooth-On Alja-Safe® alginate and Body Double® silicone rubber have become Hollywood favorites and industry standards for capturing / reproducing detail from the human body. Formulated to be entirely skin safe mold materials (both are certified skin safe), these products are used for small projects such as reproducing infant’s hands and feet, intermediate projects such as reproducing detail of someone’s fingers, and large projects such as reproducing a torso.
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Using Alja-Safe® Alginate to Cast Silicone Body Parts

Using Alja-Safe® Alginate to Cast Silicone Body Parts

Not only is Alja-Safe® safe and easy to, you can also cast platinum silicone rubbers directly into finished molds.

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Making a Silicone Mold of a Hand Using Ecoflex® 00-35

Making a Silicone Mold of a Hand Using Ecoflex® 00-35

This lifecasting video tutorial shows how Ecoflex® 00-35 silicone can be used to lifecast a hand

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Lifecasting a Female Torso Using Body Double Silicone Rubber

Lifecasting a Female Torso Using Body Double Silicone Rubber

Using Body Double®, it is possible to mold an entire female torso and capture every detail in a cold cast bronze casting.

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Alja-Safe® Alginate Quick Start Guide

Alja-Safe® Alginate Quick Start Guide

Follow this simple step-by-step lifecasting guide, and you will have a perfect lifecasting which will 'freeze time'.

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Life Casting a Child's Face Using Body Double®

Life Casting a Child's Face Using Body Double®

Body Double® is a skin-safe silicone rubber that reproduces perfect detail from body parts

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Creating Lightweight Theatrical Costume Armor

Creating Lightweight Theatrical Costume Armor

Andreas Moravec demonstrates a technique for creating theatrical armor using Rebound™ 25 silicone and Smooth Cast® resins

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Making a Prop Severed Hand Using Alja Safe® Breeze®

Making a Prop Severed Hand Using Alja Safe® Breeze®

John Fennel used Smooth-On's Alja-Safe Breeze® for creating the initial clay pour for his prop.

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Face Casting with Alja-Safe® Crystalline Silica-Free Alginate

Face Casting with Alja-Safe® Crystalline Silica-Free Alginate

Alja-Safe® Crystalline Silica-Free Alginate is suitable for making temporary molds of the face, hands and other body parts.

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Alja-Safe® Hand Castings Go Wild!

Alja-Safe® Hand Castings Go Wild!

Let your imagination run wild and create unexpected images with basic hand shapes.

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Making a One Piece Mold of a Head Using Body Double®

Making a One Piece Mold of a Head Using Body Double®

This photo sequence details creating a one piece cut seam mold of an entire head.

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Using Body Double® FAST SET to Make a Mold of a Head

Using Body Double® FAST SET to Make a Mold of a Head

Body Double® Silicone Rubber is used by both professionals and hobbyists to make ultra-high definition impressions di...

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Lifecasting Using HYPER-FOLIC® Release Additive

Lifecasting Using HYPER-FOLIC® Release Additive

HYPER-FOLIC® Release Additive is a non-toxic, skin conditioning liquid that is mixed with Body Double®...

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Molding a Face With Alja-Safe® Acrobat®

Molding a Face With Alja-Safe® Acrobat®

Alja-Safe® Acrobat® is a fiber reinforced "non-sag" version of original Alja-Safe® life casting alginate.

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Martha Stewart Making a Hand Mold Using Alja-Safe®

Martha Stewart Making a Hand Mold Using Alja-Safe®

Martha demonstrates how to create a personalized lifecast hand craft

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Lifecasting Tutorial - How To Make Hand Curtain Holders

Lifecasting Tutorial - How To Make Hand Curtain Holders

In this craft how-to, Smooth-On Fan Leo V. shows how to lifecast hands using alginate.

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Molding a Face with Body Double SILK Silicone Rubber

Molding a Face with Body Double SILK Silicone Rubber

Body Double® SILK is a self-releasing lifecasting platinum-cure silicone rubber that can be applied directly to the skin

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Creating a Resin Casting in an Alja-Safe® Mold

Creating a Resin Casting in an Alja-Safe® Mold

This tutorial will show how to pour urethane resin into an alginate mold

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