Lifecasting Using HYPER‑FOLIC® Release Additive

Overview

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.)

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How Does HYPER-FOLIC® additive affect Body Double mold rubber?

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.

Materials Used in this Tutorial

Step 1: Dispensing and Mixing Body Double Silicone