Pregnant Belly Casting
Vaseline or Petroleum jelly
Large flat try
3-4 rolls Plaster Bandages
Someone to help.
This project is a great way to capture the special occasion. There are numerous kits on the market but we have the made the instructions available for you here for free.
For the plaster you use medical plaster bandages, those used to fix broken arms and legs. You can buy these bandages from medical supply stores and also from various websites such as http://www.Life-casting.com
To begin, prepare your area with a plastic sheet or newspaper to make clean up easier. You will need 2 people for this project.
You will need a large flat tray filled with warm water. This is what you will soak the bandages in before applying them to the body. Cut the bandages into smaller strips to make it easier to handle.
Begin by coating the area you wish to cast in a thick layer of vasaline. This prevents the plaster sticking to the belly. Place the pregnant person either standing or sitting on the edge of a chair with the weight of the belly hanging over to give it a rounded look.
Take the plaster bandages and soak them in the water until they are wet. Then lay them across the body. Keep doing this in different directions until the belly is coated. You will need to work quickly as it Set's fast. Smooth out any creases in the bandages straight away or you will have a bumpy belly later.
Create a belly button by pushing a indentation into the belly as you go. If you are casting the breasts or hands as well make smaller bandage strips to work into the areas.
Remember to place vasaline where ever you wish to cast.
Once you have laid on the last piece sit for around 10 extra minutes or until it feels dry on top and slip the mold off.
Allow it to dry completely. You can smooth the edges with some sandpaper.
Finish off with a decorative paint design or leave it white and natural.
By Shellie Wilson. Shellie is the chief creative editor for Craftbits.