BABY & CHILD LIFE CASTING

HOW IT WORKS........

The appointment can take place in the comfort of your own home or at my home studio in Thame. If you live more than 10 miles outside of Thame please enquire as I may have to make a charge for additional travel costs. The appointment will be made at your convenience and I am able to do weekend appointments as well as during the week. It is important your baby or child is happy during the appointment and there is no rush if your baby needs a feed during the session. I can take the moulds while they are sleeping but this is not necessary as they do not have to stay completely still for the process to work. Socks or tight trousers should be removed at least and hour before the appointment so there are no visible impression marks on the skin when I take the casts as this will show up on the final plaster feet.

The Casting Session.

  • The session will take around 40 mins to an hour including looking at the framing and mounting options.

  • I will bring samples with me to help you decide on paint colours , frame and mount options.

  • Taking the moulds of your baby's feet or hands is a very quick process it takes minutes for the material to harden. The material used is called Alginate and is made from seaweed a product dentists use to make mouth and teeth impressions so it is completely safe for contact with your baby or child’s skin.

  • Younger babies can be held by you, on your lap or in your arms, I have found that for older babies it works well if they are sat in their highchair with toys or snacks for distraction.

  • After the material hardens I gently remove the foot or hand from the mould and check we have a good impression, then the skin can be gently brushed clean or wiped with a wet wipe.

  • The total cost of the feet will be due at the casting session, I accept, cash, bank transfer and most credit and debit cards.

  • I then take the moulds home and create your beautiful framed keepsake, this can usually be done within 4 to 6 weeks. If you need them sooner please let me know and I will endeavor to meet any deadline you may have.

  • Once complete the casts can be collected from me or if you are local to Thame I may be able to offer delivery.

My 1 year old daughter having her feet cast.

My 1 year old daughter having her feet cast.


The Appointment

The baby's foot or hand is placed into the Alginate.

The baby's foot or hand is placed into the Alginate.

The Alginate takes minutes to set.

The Alginate takes minutes to set.

Plaster is poured into the foot mould.

Plaster is poured into the foot mould.

After a few hours the plaster sets and the mould can be opened.

After a few hours the plaster sets and the mould can be opened.

The plaster foot is released.

The plaster foot is released.

The cast foot is then ready to be cleaned up, painted and mounted.

The cast foot is then ready to be cleaned up, painted and mounted.

Photo: Caz Wales

Photo: Caz Wales

Photo: Caz Wales

Photo: Caz Wales

Photo: Caz Wales

Photo: Caz Wales

Photo: Caz Wales

Photo: Caz Wales

mounting options

I like to make every framed cast bespoke to you so I will bring lots of samples with me to the casting appointment so you can make choices about paint finishes, frame colour and background paper.

Paint Finishes

Paint Finishes

Background Papers

Background Papers

Background papers

Background papers

Frame options

Frame options