XENOSTONE is very
simple to use. All you need is a postal scale, some plastic mixing
containers, mixing sticks, water, and molds to cast your parts or
a project that is set up for modeling by troweling or applying the
XENOSTONE onto or into a form.
XENOSTONE is mixed
at a ratio of 6 ounces of XENOSTONE powder to 1.5 ounces of
cold water for casting into molds or 1 to 1.2 ounces of cold water
to use for troweling onto a form or wire frame. NOTE: if you want
the mix to set up faster, you can use warm water in the mix. Depending
on the temperature of the water and your room temperature, you will
only have from 5 to 15 minutes of work time once you add the water
and get it stirred up.
Simply measure out the
amount of material to the ratio above on the scale and mix the water
into the XENOSTONE powder and stir well and immediately pour
into your molds or start troweling it onto your forms. Depending on
the temperature of the water you will need to work fast and be prepared
with your molds and forms before you make up your mix.
If casting into molds,
you can pour the molds, and then either tap the table the molds are
sitting on firmly with a rubber hammer to get any surface bubbles
to move away from the surfaces of the molds, or you can pick up the
molds slightly and drop them down to the table a few times to jar
the bubbles and to settle the material into the detail of your molds.
gets very warm during the time it is curing, so
do not try to use this material on living tissue or on surfaces that
will melt easy like very thin plastics or wax type items. Also,
cast or formed XENOSTONE can have extremely
sharp edges, so use caution while handling it so you do not get cut.
to metal, XENOSTONE
wood, stone, or concrete, but not to most plastics or glass. This
makes using plastic molds ideal for casting XENOSTONE if that
type of mold can be used. Silicone molds or latex rubber molds are
also ideal for XENOSTONE castings.
Keep in mind that XENOSTONE
bonds perfectly to itself, so if you have extra molds set up, you
can even pour a mold short and then come back and pour in more until
it is at the level you want and keep going on to the next molds.
You can also use XENOSTONE
as a mortar to put cast pieces together to create finished items.
Wood or metal armatures
work well for troweling on XENOSTONE when mixed thicker for
this purpose. A metal screen can be used or even Styrofoam can be
used for your armatures.
If you are troweling
the XENOSTONE onto an armature, you can use a masonry grinder
blade to smooth and shape the material after it has set and you can
also come back and trowel on more material if you need to. Make sure
to follow safety instructions and wear a mask and safety glasses when
grinding on any materials that produce dust and chips.
will even set and cure
under water so remember, never pour or rinse containers into sinks
with drains as it will permanently stop them up. It is best to let
any unused material harden in your plastic containers and you can
easily remove it later and dispose of it as you would any other hard
materials. Most of the time, you can let the material harden in your
plastic containers and then flex them and remove the material and
reuse your containers many times for mixing XENOSTONE in.
To clean up tools used
for working with XENOSTONE, keep a bucket of cold water close
by and a sponge or rag and rinse them off immediately after working
with the material and before it has set. Working with flexible plastic
or silicone tools is best where possible or with wooden disposable
tools like paint sticks and so on. If any material remains on the
plastic or silicone tools, you can flex them and remove any material
that may have hardened on them. Remember to cover your work areas
with paper or plastic sheeting. XENOSTONE is very hard to remove
from surfaces it bonds to once set.
be left the color it is or painted with a wide range of paints. Our
special XENOSTONE-L formula can be laser marked or printed on
directly with special printers or pad printers that work on 3D types
of objects. Some examples of this can be seen in our XENOSTONE
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