Color-changing formula for baby hand casting from Accu-Cast.
Water Temperature is Key for Baby Hand Casting
This alginate will set in 3 minutes when using 80°F water, but when working with infants it is much better to work with body temperature alginate so the baby isn't as aware of what you're doing. We have found that starting with 95°F water is ideal because by the time you've mixed the alginate and put the baby's hand in, it has cooled to about 92°F- which is baby skin temperature. Baby's that are asleep at the beginning of the procedure never wake up during the molding process and those that ARE awake are much easier to distract with "coo-coo's" or shiny objects like keys.
Color Changing is Not a Gimmick
The other advantage of using 380-CC alginate is the color-changing feature. When it is first mixed with water the 380-CC turns bright bubble-gum pink. This pink color slowly fades to white. When it has turned white, you know that it is time to insert the baby's hand because the alginate is about to set. No stop watches, no panic- 380's internal clock lets you know exactly where you are the whole time.
Of course, 380-CC alginate is also terrific for small to medium sized hand casts with adults and/or children. The 3 minute setting time can be extended to about 4 minutes if you use 70°F water, but if you think you need more time, we would suggest our 570-PGV alginate, which sets in 5 minutes. Same great "thinnish" mix consistency- ideal for bucket molds, but 570 sets in 5 minutes when using 70°F water. This is the alginate we put into our Adult Hand Casting Kit.
This is the alginate we put in our Baby Hand Casting Kit and Child Hand Casting Kit.
Available in 1, 2.5, 5, 10, 25, 50 and 100 pound orders. For larger orders, please contact us.
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Alginate Mixing Techniques
Other "bucket mold" alginates are 390-S2 and 570-PGV.