Broken Fingers?

Broken Fingers?

Broken Finger on Your LifeCast? It happens. Fingers break off sometimes. Unless you've dropped the casting and really messed it up, gluing on a finger or two shouldn't be the end of the world. Super g…
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Alginate-  Biodegradable?

Alginate- Biodegradable?

As you know, alginate is a one time mold. Most of the time, only one casting can be poured from it before the mold shrinks. In many ways, this is a feature rather than a bug.The question today is, "On…
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LifeCasting- Art or Craft?

LifeCasting- Art or Craft?

Some people see lifecasting as an "arts & crafts" project to distinguish it from a "pure" artform. In our opinion, its a distinction without a difference.After all painters just apply paint to a c…
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How to get Children to Cooperate

How to get Children to Cooperate

How to Get Children to Cooperate A lot of small children recoil at the prospect of putting their hand into a "scary bucket of goo". Obviously they don't understand exactly why they're do…
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Hand Casting Holding an Object

Hand Casting Holding an Object

Hand Holding Object Hand casting holding an object can unlock new creative ideas for you. Hand casting is limited only by your imagination. If you can see it, you can most likely do it.…
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Lord of the Rings Makeup

Lord of the Rings Makeup

WETA Workshop in New Zealand did the most of the special effects makeup for the epic Lord of the Rings trilogy. They used Accu-Cast alginates to make the head casts of the principle actors on whi…
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Alginate- The Key to Mixing Well

Alginate- The Key to Mixing Well

Alginate- The Key to Mixing Well Some people call us to complain that their alginate mixed poorly. Our mixing instructions are carefully written, but we feel terrible when customers fail. Com…
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Alginate/Water Mixing Ratios

Alginate/Water Mixing Ratios

Alginate is sold as a powder. It needs to be mixed with water to make it work.How Much Water?There are two ways to calculate this.One method is simple but not that accurate.The other method is very ac…
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How to Make 3D Hand Casts at home

How to Make 3D Hand Casts at home

Hand Casting is one of the simpler types of lifecasts. It is fun, inexpensive and an excellent way to begin learning lifecasting.This is a two part process- making the "mold" and making the "casting".…
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Baby Hand Casting for Beginners

Baby Hand Casting for Beginners

Are you a new mom? Do you know a new mom?Few things are as beautiful an precious as your baby's hand. You can do a hand casting at home and produce an heirloom that will only get more valuable with ti…
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Use Color-Changing Alginate like a Pro

Use Color-Changing Alginate like a Pro

Our BabyGel (380) Alginate is our number 1 seller. Our customers love it. Here is what I know about it.HistoryAbout 10 years ago a good customer of ours asked me to make a "Color-Changing" algina…
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Plaster Bandages in LifeCasting

Plaster Bandages in LifeCasting

Types of MoldsThere are two types of alginate molds- a "Bucket Mold" and a "Layup Mold".In a Bucket Mold, the alginate is poured into some type of container and the mold is made in that. Plaster banda…
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Is Alginate Safe?

Is Alginate Safe?

Alginate is incredibly safe. Dental alginate, essentially the same as prosthetic alginate, has been used BILLIONS of times IN people's mouths by dentists all over the world during the past 70 years. T…
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The Basics of LifeCasting with Alginate

The Basics of LifeCasting with Alginate

We have a lot of information on this website. It can feel overwhelming at first- but it's really pretty simple. Alginate is sold as a powder. It is a combination of a bunch of organic and inorganic c…
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