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Trying to make a deer nose....how do you slow down the alginate?

Discussion in 'Molding and Casting' started by John L, Apr 5, 2014.

  1. John L

    John L Active Member

    Trying to make a deer nose....how do you slow down the alginate? By the time I get it up in the nostrils good and start applying it firms up. I wanted to be able to still use the cape but if I cant it would be ok.

    Would latex be an option?

    or silicone?
  2. Cole

    Cole Amateur Taxidermist

    Use very cold water, work faster. Using a quality alginate is a must, otherwise your nostrils are going to break off anyway. I would suggest Kromopan or Alginor-Ortho. Both have very high tear strengths. They also change color so you know exactly when they are mixed, and when they are ready to work, and when time is up. Add to that the 100 hour mold life, and you won't use other alginates ever again. Should you use tube silicone, mix a couple drops of acrylic paint so it will kick fast. RTV silicones work too, but are pricey. Latex will not work for you in this application.

    PS- You must use a release if you use RTV, it will stick the the hair and ruin your cape.

  3. John L

    John L Active Member

    I got the alginate from mckenzie where do you get what you use.
  4. Cole

    Cole Amateur Taxidermist

    McKenzie has it, but I don't think it is in their catalog. Here is a link.
  5. Rick Krane at Anglers Artistry has it now.
  6. John L

    John L Active Member