Q: Does Adam do commissions?
A: Adam Beane is a commercial sculptor who takes commissions from magazines and publications for editorial illustration sculptures. He also receives commissions from companies, museums and organizations to create "master sculptures" from which multiples are made for market. He occasionally takes on commission work from serious collectors.
Q: Can I buy a sculpture?
A: Yes, select pieces will be for sale. The Obama piece, Steve Jobs, Matt Damon and Evangeline Lily will be sold on the website soon. Sign up for the mailing list for updates on availability.
All of the other work on this site is commercial, commissioned by a company as a "master sculpture" from which multiples are made for market. Because of copyright reasons the sculptures cannot be sold by Adam Beane Industries, Inc.
Adam's pieces can be purchased from the company that commissioned the piece, provided the piece is still in production. Some of the companies Adam has sculpted for are McFarlane Toys, Sideshow Collectibles, and Hollywood Collectibles.
Sculpting in Cx5
Q: What is Cx5?
A: Cx5 is a premium sculpting material designed to replace sculpting clays, finish waxes, and prototyping plastics. It handles like clay when warm, and is hard as plastic when cool. It is a finish material, and can be molded with common molding materials.
Q: Who makes Cx5?
A: 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.
Q: Can I get a sample of Cx5?
A: 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 if Cx5 is appropriate for you!
Q: Is Cx5 non-toxic?
A: Yes! Cx5 is 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 it produces smoke, like any smoke, it should not be inhaled.
Q: What is the actual size of a Cx5 bar?
A: Each Cx5 bar weighs 1lb and is just about 4" x 8" x 3/4".
Q: Cx5 is a finish material, what does that mean? Can I paint it?
A: Cx5 can be primed and painted, but it is important to note that Cx5 is not a final material. Final materials are permanent materials like plastic, rubber and metal. Cx5 is what's considered a finish material because it is perfect for all the finish work of high detail and high polish, but sculptures in Cx5 can be edited years later, and can always be melted down and reused. To make your piece permanent, your finished Cx5 sculpture should be molded and then cast in a final material.
Q: What is the best temperature for storing Cx5?
A: Cx5 is best stored at room temperature, there are no special storage requirements. Cx5 can be stored at any temperature up to 120° F. Remember, Cx5 will become modelable at 125° F.
Q: I work in a studio that gets to 98° F. Will my Cx5 sculptures melt?
A: No, you will never see your Cx5 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 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.
Q: What kinds of tools can I use with Cx5?
Q: What is the best waxer to use with Cx5?
Q: What can I use to mold Cx5?
A: You can mold Cx5 using silicone, latex, urethane rubber, plaster etc.
Q: Can I mold Cx5 in platinum cure silicone?
A: Yes! Cx5 does not inhibit platinum cure silicone, however, Cx5 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.
Q: What is the best primer to use with Cx5?
A: 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.
Q: Will Cx5 stick to my hands?
A: 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.
Q: Are there any cleanup procedures?
A: Cx5 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.
Q: How do I clean spilled Cx5 out of cloth?
A: One of the great features of Cx5 is that it has 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.
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.
Sculpting Tutorial Series
Q: Is there region coding on DVDs from Adam Beane Industries?
A: There is no region coding on our DVDs, they are "Region Free" and can play in all six regions of the world. They are NTSC DVDs, however, not PAL, and may not work in certain players in certain countries, but most modern players even in PAL countries can handle NTSC DVDs, these days. We have had no issues reported with playing our DVDs in countries outside of the USA. All computers can play NTSC DVDs.
Q: I want to use the waxer Adam shows in the video. Where can I find it?
Q: When will the next video in the series be released?
A: Adam is planning a number of additional videos that will cover individual topics like the human form, portraiture and clothing folds in a step by step manner. We don't have a release date for the second video yet, but we will be announcing all new products and release dates via the mailing list.