If Making An Appliance Using Deadener
The addition of Deadener ('Smiths Deadener
' and the newer 'Deadener LV
') increases the softness of Platsil Gel silicones. The 'LV' stands for 'lower viscosity' which means it is runnier and formulated as a more potent softener than the Smiths Deadener.
Both act as a softener to Platsil Gel silicones, but you typically only need about half the amount of Deadener LV as you would Smiths Deadener to achieve the same softness.
Deadener amounts are usually calculated as a percentage of the total of Parts A and B. On average if using Smiths Deadener, approx 150% - 200% may be required. If using Deadener LV, then roughly 70% - 100% will achieve the same amount of softness.
The actual softness your silicone needs to be made into varies depending on the requirements. Usually, appliances are made to match the softness of the wearer's skin.
So, for example, if your mixture had 20g of Part A and 20g of Part B, the total silicone mixture is 40g.
To 'deaden' or soften it to 100%, you need to add 40g of deadener to the 40g of silicone - the deadener, in this case, is 100% the weight of the silicone.
If it were required to be 80% deadened, then you would need to add 32g of deadener to the 40g of silicone as 32 is 80% of 40.
If it was required to be deadened even softer, say 150%, then 60g of deadener would be added to the 40g of silicone.
When mixing accurate flesh tones, it is a good idea to pigment your separate components ahead of time, and then combine them only when ready to mix.
Measure out Part A and Part B in equal amounts as before, then add your desired quantity of deadener. Mix thoroughly as above before using in your moulds.
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