Algiform

ALGIFORM SLOW-SET

Warm-water friendly alginate stays workable for seven to eight-minutes!

We have found that our Algiform cures to a much tougher end-product than do some other brands of alginate that are available. This is a new improved formulation of our popular warm-water alginate, so please read the instructions carefully to note all changes. The new formulation requires less Algiform powder in proportion to water, and would therefore prove more economical than was the original; and when fully set, the new Algiform Slow-Set is tougher than our original product.

If you are mixing large quantities of Algiform (1/2-lb. or more), we recommend that you employ a Jiffy Mixer for this purpose (see Jiffy Mixer information). Whatever proportion of Algiform to water you choose for your purposes, it is advisable to mix the material very thoroughly until you achieve a smooth consistency. We generally use water temperatures of approx. 70-degrees, but you can use cooler water.

After approx. 7-8 minutes, your Algiform will set. Exact curing time will depend upon a combination of how thick the mixture of Algiform and water is, and how thickly that mixture is applied to the model. The thicker the mixture, the faster the cure; the thicker the application, the faster the cure. e.g. A large quantity of Algiform prepared as a thick paste (1-part water to l-part Algiform by volume) but without the addition of Styrofoam (which we no longer use), will set-up in seven minutes or less. Less “pasty” preparations will yield a longer working time. Once the Algiform is set, it will continue to grow firmer and tougher over an additional few minutes. However, it is not necessary to wait until it firms-up completely before applying a support shell (such as Gypsona Plaster Bandages.) This may be done as soon as the Algiform sets. by the time the support shell has been applied and the bandages have set, the Algiform beneath will be quite firm.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

Ideal proportions of water-to-alginate vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, and with personal preference. The proportions we recommend for Algiform represent what we feel yields the optimum working consistency; however, we would suggest that in order to determine what proportions will produce the consistency you personally prefer to use, you should experiment with it.

If you are considering the use of an Algiform//Styrofoam mixture, as demonstrated on our video, “Better One Piece Head Molds From Life;” please take the time to mix-up a small test-batch this mixture and a small test-batch of plain Algiform Slow Set, mixed to a thick consistency. Then apply both to the skin in order to see the difference and determine which is the right choice for you. You may find that you prefer to use just the Algiform alone, but mixed to a thick consistency (one-to-one with water).

We now no longer sell Styrofoam as nearly all of our clients prefer to use only the Algiform with water, without the addition of Styrofoam. This approach eliminates the extra mixing and clean-up associated with the Styrofoam mix.

We chose the seven- eight-minute working time, as it seems to be ideal for the majority of artists for whom we developed this product. If you find that this is more working-time than is ideal for you, simply prepare the Algiform and water mixture, and wait a minute or so before application to the model.

We are sure that you will find that being molded with warm water makes a huge difference in terms of the comfort of your model, and prevents “goose bumps.

*NOTE: When we refer to a “thicker” consistency of Algiform water mixture,

we mean a consistency similar to mayonnaise, with barely any flow at all. When applied to a face or a head, this consistency will not tend to drip and will only sag slightly.

**To reduce the working time, we recommend that you add some Algiform Regular Set  to your dry Algiform Slow-Set,  before mixing it into the water.

If you are doing a face mold, adding 25% Regular Set will reduce your working time to about 4-minutes of working.

If you are doing a full head mold, add about 10% Regular Set .

If you are doing a full body mold, don’t add any Regular Set at all, as you will need the full eight-to-ten minutes of working time.

Approximately 2.5 lbs. of Algiform is sufficient to mold one life-size adult head.

Algiform Slow Set

11/4lbs…………………………………………………$14.00

11-lbs………………………………………………….$100.00

22-lbs………………………………………………….$189.00


Since making”Better One Piece Head Molds From Life” we have discovered another hair coating option which we greatly prefer over the petroleum jelly used for that purpose in the film. We now use a heavy coat of a “cholesterol-type” hair conditioning cream. The advantage of this approach is that the hair conditioner washes easily out of the hair, unlike petroleum jelly which tends to linger after shampooing; also, unlike petroleum jelly, the cholesterol doesn’t liquify due to the natural warmth of the head, and therefore provides a more effective barrier.

Cholesterol Hair Conditioner ( 16 -oz. jar)………………………..$7.00

 



  • ALGIFORM Regular Set

    PLEASE NOTE: In order to avoid confusion
    with our ALGIFORM Slow-Set, we are now making our ALGIFORM Regular
    Set a pink color.

    Instructions and General Information: (Note: See FAQ page for hand mold instructions)

    Working time: 2 1/4 – minutes (approx.)

    Water Temperature: Cold

    Proportions of mix: Approximately 1- part Algiform Reg. Set (or slightly more); to 1- part water by volume, for a relatively thick but still slightly flowing consistency.

    Approximately 2-parts Algiform to 3- parts water, by volume, for a more liquid consistency as might be required for a container-type poured mold.

    Note: this variation in the proportions is a matter of personal preference and does not significantly alter the working-time.

    Mixing: Mix to a smooth consistency. We recommend that if you are mix-ing more than very small amounts, you use a Jiffy Mixer or

    other power mixing device to achieve a smooth consistency as quickly as possible as the working time is so short.

    ALGIFORM Regular Set (approx. 2 to 2 1/4- minutes working time.)

    For molds of the interior of the mouth and for hand molds.

 

1.25 -lbs…………………………………………………$14.00

11-lbs……………………………………………………$100.00

22-lbs………………………………………………….$189.00