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HOW TO USE XENOSTONE™

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.

XENOSTONE™ 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.

XENOSTONE™ bonds to metal, XENOSTONE™ (itself), 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.

XENOSTONE™ 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.

XENOSTONE™ can 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™ gallery.

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