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    HOW TO MAKE DENTAL FANGS


    These are the same Fangs used in the movies. They will look like natural. People wearing cosmetic caps or crowns should NOT use these.
    This is the equipment we used:

    Dental Alginate - 3 minute set
    Upper Dental Tray
    Dental Acrylic Powder (we used #59 shade)
    Dental Acrylic Monomer (liquid activator)
    Dental Foil Separator
    Dental Labstone
    Klean Klay
    Dental Base Former
    Plastic Pipette (eyedropper)
    2 small graduated cups for measuring the alginate and water
    Mixing bowl and spatula
    Latex gloves
    Sculpting tools - Minarettes work nicely
    Dremel tool
    Safety glasses

    Click Here for Fangs Part 2
    (Making a Silicone Mold for Your Fangs)
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    Read all the instructions before you begin. We suggest working in a well ventilated area as the Dental Monomer is pretty strong. Lay all your materials out on a protected surface so you're ready for each step.

    Always wear gloves when you are working with body fluids in the mouth. Wearing gloves also keeps your hands clean and ready to work on the next part of the project. Wear safety glasses. You don't want to get any acrylic or labstone in your eyes.

    Show the person you will be making fangs for what they should expect. Let them try a dental tray on for fit. Use a different tray for each person. They're cheap enough that you can buy a few. They're meant to be disposable.

    If you've never worked with these type of materials before you might want to mix up just a bit of each to see how they work before you take on your project.


    Mixing the Alginate:
    Measure 2oz. of alginate and place in mixing bowl. Add to that 2oz of water. You have 3 minutes from the time the water hits the alginate until it sets up. Plenty of time to mix it well and get your impression. It will appear a bit lumpy, but that's the way dental alginate mixes, don't worry.
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    Filling the Tray:
    Scoop the alginate into the dental tray. Don't overfill it as you don't want to make the victim gag on excess. Since we're only doing fangs and not a full set fill the whole tray but don't overload where the back teeth will go. Fill up to the rim of the tray to include the fronts and to about the 4th or 5th tooth. Make sure there's enough in the tray to cover the front gums as well. I usually mix my alginate about 1 minutes, which leave the person with only a minute or so to get it situated before it sets up.
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    Taking the Impression:
    The tray has been loaded (remember the 3minute set time). Let the person place it in their mouth. They'll need to sit still until it sets up. You'll know when the alginate is set, as it will feel like a solid in the bowl that you can pull away from the sides in one piece. Carefully and slowly remove the alginate filled tray from the mouth. It might feel stuck, but that's just from the suction. It will eventually come out easily.
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    How did it turn out?:
    Check the impression on the teeth you will be making fangs on. Not everyone gets a good impression first try. Place the impression still in the tray in a bowl of water to keep it fresh. Do not wait to make your plaster positive. Alginate will start to shrink in about an hour, so your positive needs to be made right away. Also, if there is part of the plastic tray showing thru in the middle (not rims) brush a little petroleum jelly there so the plastic won't stick to the Labstone you'll be making in your next step.
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    Mixing the Labstone:
    Put about 3oz. of water in a mixing bowl. Slowly add the same amount of Dental Labstone to the water. You'll know when you've added enough stone when the top looks like a dry river bed. Now mix to a creamy consistency. You have about 20 minutes before the stone sets up.
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    Making a Positive Mold:
    Dry the alginate impression and slowly fill it with labstone. You want to get into each crevice and be careful not to trap air in the impression. Gently tap the bottom of the tray as you fill so any trapped air bubbles will rise to the top. If you're using a Dental Base Former, fill that as well. If you're not using a Base Former just wait until the labstone thickens a bit and put a small pile of it on the table surface to form a base for your labstone positive. Wait some minutes until the labstone thickens a bit and then lay the filled impression tray upside down on top of the setting plaster form. Wait about an hour before you pull the alginate off. Plaster takes days to fully set, so you want to give it a little time to strengthen before you pull it apart. You now have a plaster positive of your teeth. File the edges down to make a smooth working cast.
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    Sculpting the Fangs:
    Brush the entire mold with the dental foil separator. Let it dry. This will keep the acrylic from sticking to the mold. Sculpt the fangs you want on the plaster mold. They don't have to be perfect, as you will be filing the finished product down to perfection. But the closest you can get to the fang you want the less work you'll be doing on them after they're cast. Just take a small piece of Klean Klay, roll it into an oblong and press over the tooth. Make sure you cover the back of the tooth as well. After all, these will be caps. Not too thick in the back and just enough in the front of the tooth to give it shape. If you make the fangs too bulky they'll be uncomfortable to wear.
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    Making a Negative Alginate Mold:
    You'll either be making a temporary mold of the fangs with alginate, or a permanent one with silicone that you can use multiple times. First I'll show you the one with alginate.

    Taking 2oz of alginate and 2oz of water mix up a small batch. Overfill the dental try you've already used. Now carefully, slowly and not too tightly, place the plaster molds with the sculpted teeth into the alginate, down to and including part of the gums. After it sets up, pull the cured alginate filled tray off of the plaster cast. Clean the clay off of the cast and brush some dental foil separator onto those teeth that are now exposed clean. Let it dry a few minutes.
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    fang how to, special fx

    Making a Silicone Mold instead of an Alginate Mold
    Click Here for Fangs Part 2 (Making a Silicone Mold for Your Fangs)

    Using Dental Acylic and Making Fangs:
    Now it's time to fill the alginate mold you just made with dental acrylic. Squeeze in enough white acrylic powder to fill the fang cavity. With an eyedropper or pipette add a couple drops of the dental liquid. Mix the 2 together using a small tool or a tongue depressor cut to a point. Be careful not to tear the alginate. It will mix easily. If you need, add more powder or liquid. Overfill the cavity if you feel you need to, as any excess will be filed off later after it cures. You only have a few minutes before the dental acrylic sets up so you will need to place the plaster mold of your teeth into the alginate side where you mixed the acrylic as soon as possible.
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    fang how to, special fx

    Hold the molds tightly together for about 10 - 15 minutes. You want to make sure the acrylic is totally cured. Then pull the molds apart and pull out your fangs.

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    Cleaning and Shaping the Fangs:
    Using a dremel tool or small file clean up the edges, file down the back or front of the fangs as needed. Fit the fangs. If they feel loose you can either add a little more acrylic inside and have the person put them on while it's still liquid. Or use Denture grip when wearing them.

    Buff them up with the dremel tool. And for a nice shinny look, brush the fangs with clear nail polish. Warning: Wait at least one day after applying the nail polish.

    Note: We sell a complete Fang Kit on our website and at our retail shop. The white acrylic powder included in the kit is shade 59, which is the color of most people's teeth. To make them darker you can wear them while drinking coffee, tea or smoking. Or drop them in a weak tea solution for a little bit to darken them up.

    These fangs should fit comfortably and well enough that you can wear them for hours. Don't bite anyone though! They will puncture skin. These fangs are made of the same materials dentists use for regular fake teeth.
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    fang how to, special fx

    fang how to, special fx



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