Life Casting FAQ

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What is the difference between life casting and belly casting?

Life Casting is a method of creating a near-perfect replica of an area of the body through the use of molds and castings. This method of capturing the human form features a high level of realism and the even the smallest detail such as fingerprints. The most commonly selected parts of the body are the hands, feet, face, pregnant bellies and torso , however any part or even the whole body can be cast.

Belly Casting is a process of preserving the shape of a pregnant belly or torso using plaster strips. This kind of a sculpture doesn’t have the detail of a lifecast, but preserves the contours and is substantially simpler to create. Many clients chose to add textures or detailed painting schemes to add character and create a more abstract work of art.

Why should I have a cast done?

Casting is a wonderful way of preserving a memory of ever-changing human body and you would probably choose to have it done for the same reason as having a picture taken. Whether you want to capture the evolution of your belly or just one special moment in time, these sculptures are true one-of-a-kind pieces of art that you may appreciate more and more with time.

What is the best time to cast my pregnant belly?

The best time for casting a pregnant belly is between 34 – 38 weeks . However, you can choose to cast your belly at any time. Another approach is to cast you belly at several stages during your pregnancy to show the progression.

How long does the casting process take?

Casting sessions lasts anywhere between one to two hours including set up and clean up. The actual time it takes to create your cast (or mold if you choose a lifecast sculpture) is generally between 20 – 45 minutes, depending on the type of cast and the size and the body part you choose to cast. Larger casts or casting involving many intricate details will require additional time.

From the date the impression is made, it takes between 4 to 6 weeks to complete your sculpture.

What is the casting process?

To create a lifecast sculpture, first a mold is taken of the chosen body part using a impression material. The mold is then supported by a plaster shell and filled with our casting material. When small parts of the body are cast, they are generally dipped into the impression material and then filled with casting material.

When creating a belly cast, your belly is first coated with a protective barrier of petroleum jelly or similar bond-breaking product .Then strips of wet plaster are laid over your belly. The cast is removed after the plaster sets and is left to air dry. The finished casts can be left as-is or decorated according to your wishes.

What materials do you use?

The materials used in our casts are dental-grade alginate, medical-grade plaster bandages, cotton and nylon fiber, petroleum jelly, and hair conditioning cream. Before any material is applied to your body, you will have the opportunity to read material safety data sheets.

What Should I Wear?

What you wear will be determined by what part of your body you are casting. You should wear something comfortable and preferably old since it may be ruined during the casting process. For the best results, cast are made directly on bare skin but an old bra or swim suit may be worn.

What about baby casting?

Just like any other castings we do, baby casting is safe for your baby and relatively quick. The material is on the baby only for a minute or so when casting a hand or a foot. For other parts of the body about ten minutes will be needed. The best time for baby casting is between 2 and 6 weeks. Children between 6 months and 3 years are very difficult to cast because they cannot stay still for the required period of time but older children usually have no problem. Your finished sculpture can be then decorated and mounted or left plain.

 

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