How it is done
Stage one – Getting started
The first stage to this process is answering any questions you may have about the baby bump casting session. Our FAQ’s page answers most of the more frequent questions. If there is anything you are still unsure about, you’re more than welcome to ask as many questions as you like until you feel comfortable with the process.
The right time
Once you are happy, we will arrange a convenient time and day for your pregnant body casting session to take place. It is advised for you to be around 36-38 weeks pregnant for best results, but can be done a little sooner or later if requested. The process can take up to 1.5 hours depending on the requested baby bump casting style.
Stage two – The casting process
The first step is to get you into a comfortable position ready for your baby bump casting session to begin. (Feel free to have on any music to set a calm and relaxing mood for the session).
Gently we apply Vaseline over the areas you wish to be casted, this is to ensure the cast comes away easily from your bump.
The cast is created through gently layering medical grade plaster over your baby bump; this dries relatively quickly forming a unique mould of your bump.
After 5-10 minutes, it will then be removed with a little wiggle to release it from your baby bump.
3. Temporary strengthening
Once the cast is removed, it is important to temporary fill the casts to ensure it maintains its shape.
At this stage the cast is known as a ‘raw’ cast as it is straight from the client’s belly having had no extra work done to it. It is at this stage you can decide if you would like to keep the cast as it is and decorate it yourself. Or you can opt to have it professionally customised to your preference.
4. Back to the workshop
Now the cast has been created, it is then taken to the our workshop to be shaped, smoothed, strengthened – Ready to be customised to your personal preference.
Strengthening your pregnant body cast is the most important part of the process. Having a strong base will prevent the cast from bending/ miss shaping which would create cracks in your cast.
Stage three – Finishing
Depending on the work needed to customise your cast, I will be working on it from 4-6 weeks to ensure you get the most beautiful and professional keepsake of your baby bump. There are numerous options to customising your cast ranging from hand painted detail (video below) to having decoupage, lace, flowers etc… Your options are endless.