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Re: Casting plaster hands gel goop.......


From: Dennis Golombek (dennis_golombek_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sat Jul 14 2001 - 10:52:33 PDT

My dentist just gave me a 5lb can of the alginate. I just have to find time to use it this weekend. If anyone has tried it I'd appreciate any tips.


>From: "Bunki Kramer"
>Reply-To: "ArtsEdNet Talk"
>To: "ArtsEdNet Talk"
>Subject: Casting plaster hands gel goop.......
>Date: Fri, 13 Jul 2001 17:41:22 -0700
>from: Bunki Kramer (
>Los Cerros Middle School
>968 Blemer Road
>Danville, CA 94526
>art webpage -
>I'm re-posting this message I wrote to Sharon about the stuff she was
>looking for in case anyone else might be interested.
> >From:
> >(snip) ...One that really knocked my socks off was a casting project in which
> >the kids were making plaster casts of their fingers/hands. I couldn't believe
> >the detail (I swear you could have gotten fingerprints off of these) and asked
> >how they did them.
> >The teacher said she was using a dental impression material called "Quala
> >Alginate" from a dental supply company called BENCO, and stressed to get
> >"normal set" rather than "quick set." Apparently this is the material that's
> >used to make impressions of teeth. When it hardens, it's almost like
> >thick....jello, I guess....Sharon
>Hi, Sharon! I think I found the stuff in San Francisco from a store that
>sells sculpture tools, materials, and supplies called DOUGLAS AND STURGESS,
>INC....#1-888-278-7883. Their email address is.....
>This is where I buy plaster gauze strips and it is the cheapest price I have
>ever paid for p. gauze (which is Johnson's & Johnson's brand which is the
>best brand for p. gauze).
>They told me the "Quala Alginate" is a brandname but the stuff they sell is
>exactly the same thing and it's used for body casting...also like the hand
>casting stuff. It's called DERMAGEL. I asked about the medium time action
>that you had mentioned and she said that is determined with this stuff by
>adding cool water OR warm water when mixing.
>Cool water added.......10-12 mins.
>Warm water added......7-8 mins.
>The price isn't all that bad either. It's......
>one pound.........$7
>5 pounds..........$30
>15 pounds.......$75
>It comes in tubs.

Dennis Golombek
Lowry Middle School
North Tonawanda, NY

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