ValueGel Alginate (470)- 20 lb
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470-SG alginate (Student Grade) (4 minute @ 70 degree water)
Good Alginate at a Fantastic Price
Many of our customers are looking for a good alginate. They just want to do one or two projects that fit within their small budget. These folks don't need all the fancy "bells and whistles" we build into our professional grade alginates. Because of that we've figured out how to make 470-SG alginate quite a bit less expensive to make- so we pass the savings on to you.
470-SG alginate features:
- 3 to 1 water/powder ratio (by weight)
- 4 minute set when using 70°F water
- Very smooth mix
- Snappy and firm set
- Great detail in the mold
It's true that ValueGel 470-SG alginate doesn't have quite the tear strength or advanced non-slump properties of our other alginates. However, we've found that a lot of folks just don't need those for their project.
While the standard mixing ratio is 3:1, it can easily be mixed thinner than that for simple jobs like hand casting. We regularly mix it at 3.5:1 or even 4:1 and get very good results. Mixing thinner will always make an alginate take longer to set so be prepared for an extra minute or so of working time.
470-SG is for you to do a couple of hand casts or even a face cast, but don't plan to continue lifecasting afterward. Lifecasting doesn't have to be expensive. This is a very good product at a great price.
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I was having a little trouble with some of our hand castings and Chris helped me to narrow down the problem. He was willing to spend time explaining more about the process and material I was using. I've been using 470-SG over a year and we really like it at the studio. It's a little less expensive, but with beginning students we don't need the higher priced products. I highly recommend this product.
Super easy to use. Didn't reuse mold but someone else in my class did. Second cast came out great.