Proper Mixing - The Key to Fine Molds and Casts

While wax or clay modeling materials are used as it is, most other mold making and casting materials feature two components – generally a base and a catalyst - which have to be mixed together before use. Some materials need to be mixed with water (like plaster or alginate). In either case, you have to follow the prescribed mix ratio (can be by weight or volume) to the letter, to get the proper consistency, curing and finish.

In clay modeling making an accurate mix in the specified ratio is not the only thing that is important. The two parts that are being combined also need to be mixed thoroughly to get the desired effects. In fact, many a times the two different components are of different colors and can cause an undesirable marbled effect if not mixed properly. In some cases, it can also turn out lumpy and quite unusable.

Careful and comprehensive mixing alone will ensure a uniform color and consistency throughout. Following are a few tips on the same:

•    Large volumes often end up inadequately mixed and quite ineffectual. This is why professional artists often prefer to mix small quantities of their mold making and casting materials at a time.

•    Use a firm grip and a steady hand to mix in circular motions.

•    Keep scraping the sides and bottom of the container you are mixing in so that nothing remains settled anywhere. To avoid this, many artists even pour the mixture into another container and mix again.

•    Always over mix rather than under mix!


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