FAQ

What is Cx5

Cx5 are premium sculpting materials designed to be used in place of sculpting clays, finish waxes, and prototyping plastics. They come in two hardnesses, Cx5h and Cx5s, and they can be mixed to create a medium grade for your project. They handle like clay when warm, finish like wax, and can be as hard as plastic when cool. They are the ideal materials for every stage of your project, from roughing out and building up, to adding fine details, machined features and a high polish. Cx5sf is the newest addition to the Cx5 family, and it is a sculptable 3D printing filament.

What's the difference between Cx5h and Cx5s

Cx5h is the hardest sculpting material on the market. Cx5s is the softer version of the two materials, and by mixing the two you can create a hardness level that's appropriate for your sculpting style.

Who makes Cx5

Cx5 is proudly made in the USA by Adam Beane Industries, Inc. Adam Beane invented Cx5 as the ultimate sculpting material for detail and dynamic poses, and to eliminate needing to sculpt in multiple materials and make waste molds.

Can I get a sample of Cx5

Not at this time. Single, one pound bars are the smallest amount we can ship, and we sell them in the store. However, we're always happy to answer any questions you might have to help you decide which material is appropriate for you!

Are Cx5 and Cx5s non-toxic

Yes! Both Cx5 and Cx5s are made from widely used natural materials, all of which are commonly used in applications involving ingestion and prolonged skin contact, and are stable when heated. That being said, if you burn Cx5 and Cx5s and it produces smoke, like any smoke it should not be inhaled.

What is the actual size of a Cx5 bar

Each Cx5 bar weighs 1lb and is just about 4" x 8" x 3/4".

Cx5 is a finish material, what does that mean? Can I paint it?

Cx5 and Cx5s can be primed and painted, but it is important to note that Cx5 and Cx5s are not final materials. Final materials are permanent materials like plastic, rubber and metal. Cx5 are Cx5s are what's considered finish materials because they are perfect for all the finish work of high detail and high polish, but sculptures in Cx5 or Cx5s can be edited years later, and can always be melted down and reused. To make your piece permanent, your finished sculpture should be molded and then cast in a final material.

What is the best temperature for storing Cx5

Both Cx5 and Cx5s are best stored at room temperature, there are no special storage requirements. They can be stored at any temperature up to 120° F. Remember, Cx5 and Cx5s will become modelable at 125° F.

I work in a studio that gets to 98° F. Will my Cx5 sculptures melt?

No, you will never see your Cx5 or Cx5s sculpture melt or lose its form, even in direct sunlight. If you work in a hot studio that gets to 98° F, you may see your sculptures respond more quickly to the waxer or to external heat sources like a heat gun, but you will not see them melt or lose their shape or detail. Since Cx5 and Cx5s is workable at 125° F, If your sculpture was actually able to heat up evenly to 125° F on its own in a very hot room it would behave like a sculpture made of soft to medium grade oil clay.

What kinds of tools can I use with Cx5

You can use a variety of traditional metal tools, hot-sculpting tools (like a waxer) and appliances like heat guns to work with Cx5 and Cx5s. You can see a list of the essentials at Tools for Working in Cx5, and find a complete list of the tools ABI offers on the store.

What is the best waxer to use with Cx5

The best waxer to use for Cx5 is the Kerr Ultra Waxer II, with sculpting specific tips. You can find the waxer and these tips exclusively on the Adam Beane Industries Store.

What can I use to mold Cx5

You can mold Cx5 and Cx5s using silicone, latex, urethane rubber, plaster etc.

Can I mold Cx5 in platinum cure silicone

Yes! Cx5 and Cx5s do not inhibit platinum cure silicone, however, Cx5 and Cx5s can absorb a small amount of the silicone oil from some platinum cure silicones, leaving a slippery surface on the original sculpture. When molding in platinum cure silicone it is always best to prime and seal your sculpture, as platinum cure silicone is a very finicky material.

What is the best primer to use with Cx5

Adam uses a very specific automotive primer called PlastiKote Sandable Primer, in gray. This particular primer dries incredibly thin, so it won't obliterate detail. Also, it is almost an identical gray color to Cx5, which can help unify the piece if you are using other materials such as wood, metal or plastic in your sculpture.

Will Cx5 stick to my hands

Cx5 is very clean to work with. It won't stick to your hands when modeling at 125° F, but, like any non-water based sculpting material, it may make your hands feel slightly tacky. Use baby powder during long sculpting sessions to eliminate the tacky feeling. The powder also has the added benefit of keeping your sculpture clean. Caution: If you have heated Cx5 enough to become a liquid, is is over 135° F, and could burn you. Always use a thermometer to check its temperature, and be careful working with liquid Cx5. Liquid Cx5 may stick to your hands. It can be pealed off when cool, and if any remains, use regular hand lotion or oil to dissolve it, and then regular soap and water to wash it off.

Are there any cleanup procedures

Cx5 and Cx5s won't stick to anything when being modeled at 125° F. The only time you may need to clean up Cx5 is if it is spilled on something while it is a liquid. In most cases, it is best to wait until it is cool and just lift it up or scrape it off. Cx5 will scrape off of virtually any hard surface. The other option is to melt spilled Cx5 with a heat gun, and use paper towels to wipe it off of a surface. Use caution when working with melted Cx5.

How do I clean spilled Cx5 out of cloth

One of the great features of Cx5 and Cx5s are that they have a very low viscosity when liquid. This is perfect for sculpting techniques involving cloth and paper, but if you accidentally spill a small amount of Cx5 on your clothes, it can be removed by using hot water and a toothbrush, and then machine washing the item in hot water. For cleaning up large spills, place a disposable rag over the cooled Cx5 and then iron the two fabrics - the Cx5 will transfer from the item to the disposable rag. Then use hot water and a toothbrush, followed by machine washing the item in hot water. Caution: If you have heated Cx5 enough to become a liquid, is is over 135° F, and could burn you. Always use a thermometer to check its temperature, and be careful working with liquid Cx5 or Cx5s.

How do I clean Cx5 and Cx5s off of tools

When using metal tools with Cx5 and Cx5s, simply heat the tool over an alcohol lamp (filled with denatured alcohol) to melt any remaining Cx5, and then wipe them off on a paper towel.

Is there an MSDS for Cx5 or Cx5s

There is not yet an MSDS for Cx5 and Cx5s, but we are in the process of developing them. Stay tuned to the newsletter and blog for updates. For institutions where an MSDS is generally required we may be able to answer specific questions about the material. And though this does not replace an MSDS, Cx5 and Cx5s are made from non-toxic ingredients, and are non-toxic when used as directed.

Can I use Cx5 and Cx5s for lost wax casting

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.