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I sculpt in clay, make silicone rubber molds, and cast my finished pieces in hydrocal plaster. Hydrocal is stronger, denser, and finer than plaster of paris, but it is still too brittle for very thin or small pieces. I bought Cactus Juice to see if it would make tiny pieces durable enough for objects that are handled or worn as jewelry. I already have a vacuum chamber for degassing mold rubber, but my first test was a super-thin piece, which absorbed the CJ all the way through without needing the vacuum. It was a success! Way more break-resistant than without the CJ. So next I used the vac on a bunch of slightly larger pieces for an upcoming solo show. Cured dry Hydrocal sinks in CJ, so no need for a weight. MANY THANKS to Curtis for inventing the stuff, and also to the lapidarists who have posted their experiences here! The fact that it works on stone is what finally convinced me to try it!