It is completely safe to use internally and externally on skin. The material used in life casting is called alginate, it is a natural organic product made from seaweed. It is hypoallergenic, non-toxic and biodegradable. It is commonly used by dentists to create impressions of patient’s gums/teeth. It is fantastic at capturing all the minute details such as the fingernails, lines and creases, even jewellery.
How do we make the Castings?
Having had a chat about your requirements and preferences, we will advise you on the options available. An appointment will be made to take the mould. This only takes a few minutes. Then, we take the mould away and make the plaster casts. The casts will need to dry fully before the detailing and painting process can be carried out. Once complete, we display the casts in the chosen frame or plinth. The finished artwork will be ready within 4-6 weeks.
Avoid scheduling an appointment within a week of vaccinations.
We recommend that loose fitting clothes be worn to allow sleeves and trousers to be rolled up to the elbow/knee.
If the skin is dry, your regular moisturiser, Vaseline or baby oil can be used.
Will the casting be a guaranteed success?
Providing your baby/child is content and relaxed everything should go smoothly. Babies older than 3 months may be less co-operative as they are more active. Feet are normally fine however hands due to the wriggly fingers cannot always be guaranteed to come out successfully. However, if we find that a cast has not been successful, we will simply arrange to do it again at no extra cost to you. We have found this rarely happens though.