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Cx5 Sculpting Product
(Originally posted in Dimensional Art Org)
I have ordered a sculpting product called Cx5 and Cx5s made by Adam Beane Industries. I have been aware of it for several years but had no motivation to try it. Now I am wondering if it will be a suitable media for doing the small carvings I have been doing in wax.
The material is heat sensitive in relation to it firmness or actually hardness. It can be worked much the same as wax but also has characteristics of clay. It seems to be a product that is a bit out of the mainstream for hard core sculpters. But that could be because it is more of a cross breed between clay sculpting material and hard wax carving. Any change in work habits are hard for hardcore artist, used to their standard processes.
In any case I have ordered some and will give it a workout. I submitted a question to the maker of this product asking if it could work directly in lost wax casting replacing the burnout wax. Cx5 will be of less interest to me if I have to do an intermediate step of creating a wax master for the burn out.
I have an adult son and daughter that like to work with clay so I asked them come over when it arrives and try a sample. It's claimed to be a great product for making masters for resin casting. Since I like to do that as well as my silver work, perhaps he and I can do some larger pieces than I normally do in lost wax silver casting. It is also suitable for any large scale metal casting too.
I will review the product over in Ramblin' Dan's Workshop and certainly display any creations here in Dimensional Art Org.
Use caution if you are interested in this product. Adam Beane has not fulfilled my paid (PayPal) order for over two weeks and has it listed as "unpaid" on his website. He does not respond to messages sent through his response form on site. I have started the PayPal buyer protection process. I will report the outcome.
Meanwhile, DO NOT ORDER FROM ADAM BEANE INDUSTRIES.
Update: Pressure from PayPal has worked and Adam Beane Industries has shipped my order. It has not been received but it is good to know the is someone home at ABI.
I received my Castilene clay order from Sculpture Depot yesterday. It took about three days from when I placed the order.ABI is projecting a Feb 28 date for my Cx5 to arrive. It's only saving grace is if it is a better product...
Hey Dan, we'll be excited to see what you create in Cx5, and what your experience is with using it as a lost wax material! I wanted to post the properties of Cx5 and Cx5s for lost wax casting into your thread so you have our information about its abilities.
Cx5 and Cx5s can be used for lost wax casting, with a few specific considerations for jewelry applications. It has been very successfully used for lost wax casting in bronze, however the low melting point of Cx5 and Cx5s, which are a boon to sculptors, may require special consideration when doing lost wax casting with precious and semi-precious metals.
1. Make sure the investment is fully hardened before firing it. This allows the investment to hold the shape of the master pattern when it goes in the kiln. Cx5 will melt out sooner than other jewelry waxes, and if the investment is too wet, that may interfere with the surface of the mold.
2. Blow out your investment before casting precious metal into it, to ensure that there is no particulate of Cx5 left behind. Because Cx5 is a sculpting material, and not a wax, it may leave a fine dust in very small, thin areas. Blowing out the mold means you will get a clean casting. You may also achieve this by rinsing out the mold with hot jewelry wax before casting.