HYDRACAST ™ CreArt Plaster for Glass art or big complex lost wax parts
HYDRACAST ™ Cre'Art is a plaster for the artisan industry. It is well suited for the lost wax procedure for copper alloys but works very well for pâte de verre too!
HYDRACAST ™ Cre'Art
++BLUE++A ready to use, plaster-based, fine grained refractory investment, specially formulated for use in artistic applications. ++ENDBLUE++
This product was developed to produce large (20 cm to 1 m) ornamental parts from copper alloys as well as detailed and complex Pâte de verre pieces.
Its characteristics make it the preferred plaster for a large number of art foundries
% of water used
36% (saturation mix)
Working / Casting time
Weight per liter of slip:
1325g powder /
Expansion 1 hour after setting time
Procedure for the Lost Wax process
The recommended plaster to water ratio is 100 parts of plaster for 36 parts of water. This ratio can be changed to precisely fit your application
a) Mixing Mixing plaster in water is the most important step in making a mould and could heavily impact resistance, hardness and absorption properties if performed incorrectly. For optimum quality, vacuum mixing is recommended.
Always ensure the following points:
1. Plaster and water are precisely weighed.
2. All equipment is clean.
3. The mixing cycle is adhered to.
b)Casting Pour the mix immediately after finishing mixing. Make sure that the mixture does not become too thick or too hard. Always pour the mixture so that it slowly covers the surface of the part to be reproduced, without trapping or creating air bubbles. Vacuum casting avoids forming air bubbles
c) Plaster setting Do not handle plaster containing wax model until it has reached its setting time to avoid any defects in the finished part. Wait at least a minimum of 2 hours before starting the drying cycle.
d) Dewaxing / firing All water must be removed before pouring metal to obtain proper mechanical resistance and limit defects. Note: drying time is heavily dependent on the size and number of cylinders in the oven.
Dewaxing is performed under moist conditions between 100/100ºC, or dry conditions between 150/160ºC, for 6 to 8 hours. Dewaxing at temperatures higher than 400ºC produces a perfect interior surface by eliminating the last traces of wax.
Standard firing cycle for art foundry:
- increase to 250ºC (100ºC/hr) and maintain for 6 to 8 hours.
- increase temperature to 760ºC (150ºC/hr)
- maintain at 760ºC for 6 to 8 hours
- cool down at a rate of 100ºC and maintain at the desired temperature
Standard firing cycle for Pâte de verre:
- Fill the cavity and refractory pot (potentially made of Hydracast) placed on top of the mould with pieces of crystal increase to 850/900ºC at a rate of 15/20ºC/hr
- maintain at 850/900ºC for 4 hours
- reduce from 850/900ºC to 500ºC at a rate of 20ºC/hr
- temperature can be maintained at 500ºC for several hours to heat soak the mould
- reduce from 500 to 20ºC at a rate of 10ºC/hr
e) Knocking-out The mould is left to cool down, then shattered by immersion in water and/or by using a high pressure cleaning system. The part can then be recovered to undergo finishing steps.
In 25 kg plastic bag
Do not expose to freezing and moisture, 12 months under dry condition pictures
Health and Safety
HYDRACAST™ CreArt may generate dust. We therefore recommend that a mask be always worn whilst working with this refractory product and to ensure that the workplace is well ventilated.
- professional results
- Simple processing
- Ideal for lost wax
- Ideal for glas art