Below you will find some questions that we are often asked when discussing the process of taking your babies hand and feet impresssions. Should you have a question that is not listed here, please don't hesitate to contact us
- At what age can casting and impressions be taken?
The method we use here at Cast A Memory, allows us to be able to cast premmie babies right up to adults
- What products do you use for taking the impressions
Cast a Memory take particular care when it comes to the quality of our products. We use only hospital grade moulding gel that is registered with the Therapeutic Goods Administration and is 100% non-toxic and safe to use on your precious baby's skin
- Will it hurt my baby/child?
NO, not at all. All materials that come in contact with your child's skin are completely non-toxic. The process itself is very gentle. Your child is required to submerge their hand/foot into the moulding gel, most young babies actually like the feel of it. It will then take approximately 30 seconds for the gel to set, creating a perfect mould of your baby or childs hand or foot
- How long does the casting session take?
Each cast only takes a few minutes, However, we like to leave approximately 45 minutes for a casting session to enable your child to relax, and for us to see what the best moulding process will be for your child. We also strongly advise that you make a booking time that will be suitable for your child, ie: it's not a great idea to do a cast when your child is tired, hungry, or sick. Some children will be happiest in the morning while others will be more patient of an afternoon after their nap!
- What should we wear?
The person who is having the impressions taken should wear clothes that can be easily removed. It is possible for moulding gel to get on your clothes so wear clothes that you don't mind getting gel on, the gel is quite hard to get out of clothing.
- How do I go about getting some impressions taken?
You can either contact us by phone, email or through the Cast a Memory Facebook page to make an appointment. You can visit us at an upcoming market to have your impressions taken also. Please visit the Latest News page for details about where we will be.
- What happens if it doesn't turn out right?
Most casts have some minor flaws to them when they first turn out such as air bubbles, which can generally be corrected. Sometimes a second casting session may be required. If there has been damage to a mould then the casting process can be repeated at no extra cost to you.
- When will I receive my casting?
The delivery/completion date of items such as hand and feet castings will vary due to time of material cure, complexity, and time of year. We advise you to book ahead of time especially when purchasing for birthdays or Christmas to avoid disappointment. Generally you will receive your order within 6-7 weeks
- How do I take care of my casting?
PLEASE hang your frames on a metal hook and NOT on plastic removable types. Cast a Memory takes no responsibility for damaged frames due to not being hung correctly and want to ensure you treasures last a lifetime. Repair costs will be incurred by the customer.
Casts should be kept in a dry airy room like general living areas. It is not advisable to keep casts in moist rooms like bathrooms or too close to windows or heating appliances.
Cleaning of casts should just be dry dusting, and no polishes or cleaning products should be used.
FAQ's - Pregnancy Castings
- How is a pregnant belly cast done?
Pregnant belly casts are created with strips of plaster that form around your belly, layers are then applied to strengthen the cast. You can choose to have belly, breasts, hands, shoulders, thighs - depending on what you want.
- How long does it take?
It's good to allow an hour to an hour and a half for most casts, the actual time you will be in the cast depends on what pose you have decided on. For a belly on its own, it might take as little as 15-20 minute. For a full torso, it could take about 45 minutes and if you include hands, it will take a little longer.
- Will it harm my baby?
Belly casting will not hurt your baby. The baby is still free to move around and sometimes you can see where the baby has kicked while you were being cast.
- Can I decorate and hang it myself?
Yes. you can decorate your belly cast yourself or we can assist you with this. Please visit the price list page for more details