The Experience of Life Casting

Far from being an agonizing or unpleasant experience, getting a life cast done can actually turn out to be quite easy and even enjoyable! Why not open yourself up to this soothing pleasure once?

The beautiful art of life casting opens up a novel avenue of getting a three dimensional likeness of yourself. You can choose any part of your body and the life cast will reproduce the exact surface features in all their glory.

However, many people still hesitate to get a life cast done. They despair that they will find it intolerable when the life casting artist actually makes a mold on their body. While hands and feet are considered acceptable, getting the gooey mold making material on their face or torso can seem quite awful at first. They are also nervous about having to hold a stationary pose for the body mold making process.

The Reality is Different!

Once you go in for a life cast, you will be surprised to find that body casting is not a distressing experience at all! It actually feels like a gentle massage when the artist applies the mold making alginate or silicone rubber on your body. On the face, it is akin to a soft facial.

Being enclosed in the warm mold making material while it sets can truly be quite soothing. The body feels loose and relaxed.

And holding the same pose will not really be very difficult. Firstly, the artist will ensure that you are totally comfortable in the chosen position. He will provide supports if needed and also instruct you on how to breathe calmly. You will discuss signals in case of any distress.

Staying quiet and still in the same pose for an extended time can further relax the body. You will enter a tranquil state of meditation and may even fall asleep during the process.

Little wonder that models that are frequently hired for regular body casting eagerly look forward to this serene experience!

You can find out more about life casting and what it involves on the EnvironMolds website –

Different Types of Rubber

Rubber material can be classified into distinct families based on its properties and usage. The varying rubber options can be used for different types of mold making and casting applications.

Rubber is essentially a simple material that is derived from the sap of trees. This milky white, sticky and elastic material has become almost indispensible in the world of mold making and casting.

The rubber is available in many different types and forms. Think – latex rubber, polyurethane rubber, silicone rubber, thermoset mold rubber and you will get the picture.

It goes without saying that each rubber has its own distinct properties and the use varies accordingly. Moreover, the same rubber is formulated differently to suit mold making and casting applications.

 For instance, liquid latex can be used for capturing molds from rough surfaces or when you have to cast abrasive materials. The economical material can even be applied to vertical surfaces or models where they are itself without the risk of run-off. It is particularly favored for creating special effects on actors. In its casting form, the less viscous latex rubber proves to be very useful for making latex masks, props and other thin skin products.

On the other hand, silicone rubber is more expensive, but it is still widely used for making silicone molds and casts. This rubber can be used for various applications – even food safe and skin safe variations are available. While the former is suitable for food molds, the latter can be easily applied on the human body for making life casts. The main advantage is that silicone does not stick to anything but itself – this allows for easy demolding from the model or mold.

While artists tend to use mold making silicone rubber for casting works too, special variants have also been developed. A skin-colored, translucent option makes doll reborning possible – it is soft and stretchable like skin, but still stays tough and tear-resistant like all other rubbers.

Similarly, polyurethane or thermoset mold rubbers come with their own distinct properties and usage.

You can check out the various rubber families and their use on the EnvironMolds website,

Cleaning a Clay Mold

There are different clays and it’s quite easy to work with them. Cleaning your clay mold is also a simple process. Just don’t make the mistake of soaking the clay in water as this will damage the mold!

Clay is a simple and versatile material that has become the modeling material of choice for all kinds of people. Children enjoy playing with regular water-based clay which becomes hard when exposed to air. On the other hand, there is plasticine clay that stays moist no matter how many times it is used.

Then there are oil-based clays, sulfur-free clays, pottery clays and even self-hardening clays. Some clay comes in different colors and even varying degrees of hardness. These are used by different artists depending on the type of artwork and other preferences.

One of the common uses of clay is making molds for casting projects. It is malleable and can be easily shaped over the object to create a negative impression mold. The mold can stay soft and reusable or become hard depending on the type of clay used. Different materials can be cast in a clay mold like plaster, resin, rubbers, etc.

Once the clay mold is ready, you will want to clean and finish it before proceeding to the casting end of things. Casting artists usually wash their molds with water or even soak them for a while to get rid of the excess mold making material, release agent, etc.

However, you should take care never to wash or soak a clay mold. This can cause the mold to break, crack or just reduce the life of the mold.

If you want to clean it, just wipe it with a wet cloth, sponge or soft toothbrush. Else, spray a fine mist on the mold before wiping it off. In fact, try to do the cleaning soon after demolding from the model as cleaning dried clay becomes more difficult. The same process can be followed for cleaning the mold after the casting is done.

You can easily order Plastilina clay and other materials as well as get a lot of handy tips or guidance from the EnvironMolds website,