Models like clay, tools like plastic, finishes like wax.™
A Sculpting Revolution
Cx5 and Cx5s are premium sculpting materials designed to be used in place of sculpting clays, finish waxes, and prototyping plastics. They handle like clay when warm, finish like wax, and can be as hard as plastic when cool. Cx5s is the softer version, and by mixing the two you can create a hardness level that's appropriate for your sculpting style. They are the ideal material for every stage of your project, from roughing out and building up, to adding fine details, machined features and a high polish.
How Does It Work?
Cx5 is a temperature sensitive material that behaves like clay, wax, plastic, and even paint at different temperatures. Cx5s is the softer version of Cx5. Because either can be used for every stage of sculpting they eliminate the need to begin your sculpture in a clay, create a waste mold, and pour a wax for final detailing.
Do all your work, from start to finish, in just Cx5
First, rough out your sculpture in warm Cx5 or Cx5s without the need for an armature. Then, fine tune the details using both traditional and hot tools. When your sculpture has cooled completely, sand or polish the surface for a perfect finish. Any sculpture can be cut apart and molded using traditional mold materials, and then melted down and reused for your next project.
Cx5 and Cx5s are proudly manufactured in the United States by Adam Beane Industries and are non-toxic and all natural.
Features of both Cx5 and Cx5s
- Light, strong, and self supporting at all sizes - sculpt without an armature
- Cx5 and Cx5s are completely compatible - use a mixture of the two or one on top of the other
- Low working temperature - 125°F is ideal for modeling
- High opacity and cool, gray color lend extreme clarity to forms and shadows
- Infinitely changeable - add material or reposition at any stage of sculpting
- Reusable - never dries out or cracks
- Melts to the consistency of house paint - brush onto foam, plastic, existing clay sculptures, etc.
- Produces perfect bubble free castings in rubber, plastic and metal molds
- Superior finishing properties to modern waxes
- Details cannot be accidentally smudged out with your hand
- Easy to clean with soap and water as you work on a piece
- Machinable at low speed or slow feed, or with water as a cutting fluid
- Durable - file, hot sand, wet sand, cut, saw and drill
- Smooth and even feel when sculpting with a waxer
- Molds easily with various materials
Prototypes - A versatile building materials at all temperatures
- Cast into base forms (blocks, rods, and sheets) for any machining operation
- Machine all the parts for your prototype in a material that can be modified both subractively and additively
- Join pieces with no glue, making perfect interfaces
- Brush onto foam, plastic, metal, wood, and other materials to modify existing objects
- Use as a glue / filler to both fill and smooth out forms
- Prime and paint your prototype for "looks-like" models, mold and cast for "works-like" models
Traditional Sculpture - The ideal material for figurative sculptors, for every stage of the sculpting process
- Perfect for quickly roughing out a figure - sculpt from life with no need to plan out your pose in advance
- View your work from all angles, holding the sculpture in you hand, freed from restrictive armatures and supporting boards and pipes
- Reposition the figure during sculpting, or with heat after the sculpture has fully cooled
- Easy to handle without disturbing forms soon after beginning sculpting
- Ideal for sculpting high levels of detail, polish, or texture
Action Figures - Perfect for the specific needs of toy sculptors
- Model high-tolerance parts that fit together
- The ideal material for creating flowing fabric capes
- Easy to cut apart and mold pieces separately
Maquettes - Ideal for dynamic, self-supporting, small scale sculptures
- No armatures needed for dynamic compositions
- Holds high levels of details for the most complex concepts
- Sculpt pieces separately and fit them together for seamless character designs
- Perfect for creating fabric capes and thin realistic wings
- Tool Cx5s with unheated metal tools at room temperature
- Small amounts of Cx5s can be heated by hand
- Holds heat for a very long time; work by hand with less need to add heat with an alcohol lamp
- Easy to press in very small details without heat
- Most flexible when coating fabric
- Shatter resistant
- Handles even more like traditional clay when warm
- Best for sculptures smaller than 12mm and larger than 12in - great for 1:1 sculpting
- Best for cold climates
- Carve, file, and machine Cx5 at room temperature
- Must use an alcohol lamp to warm small amounts of Cx5
- Cools quicker for a rigid armature
- Holds the crispest, finest details
- Very hard surface, polishable to the highest shine
- Best for extended handling
- Ideal for mechanical details and jointing
- Best for 12mm - 12in sculptures
- Best for the hottest climates
How to Use Cx5 and Cx5s
For sculpting, heat Cx5 or Cx5s in an electric skillet, slow cooker, double boiler, under a lamp or in a microwave. Both Cx5 and Cx5s are warm and ready to model at 125°F. Sculpt by creating a base shape in either and adding warm material onto it. For best cohesion, heat sections of your sculpture over an alcohol lamp (using denatured alcohol only) before adding more warm Cx5 or Cx5s. Use traditional loop tools, rakes, etc. with metal tips, and metal sculpting tools heated over an alcohol lamp to define large forms. Heat 3M Softback Sanding sponges over an alcohol lamp (never allow them to smoke) and use them to smooth the contours of the piece. Use a waxer with different tips for moving large amounts of material, and for doing detail work.
For machining, cast Cx5 into base forms (blocks, rods, and sheets) and allow it to cool. Machine at slow speed or slow feed, or with water as a cutting fluid.
To finish your piece, file, wet sand, solvent sand, or polish it. Mold as a single piece, or cut your sculpture apart for molding in sections. Cast your sculpture in a final material, like plastic, and re-use the Cx5 for another project, or save your original Cx5 sculpture - it will has an indefinite shelf life, as opposed to the limited shelf lives of rubber molds.
Check out the tools we recommend for working in Cx5.
For detailed instruction on these techniques and others, consider the first video in the Sculpting Tutorial Series - Working in Cx5: an introduction to materials, tools & techniques.