A 10-step guide to using your home casting kit
25th July, 2017
The purchasing of one of our home casting kits is the first step towards creating and owning beautiful and bespoke keepsakes that last a lifetime. If you do not live within our catchment area, or simply want a greater role in the process, you can take the moulds of hands and feet yourself from the comfort of your own home, when your baby is relaxed and in a familiar environment. Once you have successfully created your moulds, they are sent to our workshop where our skilled casters will create your wonderfully detailed casts.
Our casting kits are fully equipped with everything you need to take four 3D moulds and is suitable for babies up to around 6 months old. Kits for older children, twins and even adults can also be made up upon request. Whilst this process may seem a little daunting, it’s actually very straightforward and the taking of a good cast is not as difficult as you may think. Below you will find a step-by-step guide in how to use your casting kit, including a video to help you through the process:
- Your first step will be to order a casting kit using the order form on our website, which can be found here. Your order will be confirmed and a secure link emailed to you by which you purchase the kit.
- Once you have received your kit and are ready to take the mould, please make sure you have an extra pair of hands, some warm water, a mixing bowl, scissors and a spatula. It’s best to take the moulds when the baby is most relaxed, perhaps post-feed. Aren’t we all a little more chilled after some food?
- Getting the water to its optimum temperature is imperative. In casting, it’s best to aim for 26°C, giving you one minute to mix and enough time to place the mousse into the mould and get your babies foot in comfortably before it sets.
- We recommend firstly taking a finger sample, so get a small pot and fill it with mixture, before shaking it into the mixing bowl. Fill the same pot up with 26 degree water and mix thoroughly together until you are left with a smooth paste. Scoop the mousse into the finger pot and place your finger into the mixture without touching the bottom or sides. After approximately 60 seconds, wriggle your finger free gently, and voila, your mould is created.
- You are now ready to make the real mould. We recommend practising placing your babies foot into the empty moulding pot, so you can establish the best technique and get him or her used to the idea. Play around with the positioning of the baby and helper, until both are completely comfortable and you can easily reach the foot with the tub.
- Once they are in position, prepare the water so it is at 26°. Fill one of the casting tubs with powder, before shaking it into the mixing bowl and adding the same amount of water from the same casting tub, just like you did in the practice. Mix the powder and water together until they are a smooth paste, remembering you have a maximum of one minute to do so.
- Pour the mixture back into the casting tub, and tap it on the work surface a few times to remove any air bubbles. You are now ready to take the mould but will need to move quickly.
- Place your baby’s foot into the mixture with your thumb on top, as if you were sliding it into a shoe. Hold the foot as centrally as possible, avoiding touching the bottoms or the side with the foot. Keep your baby as relaxed as possible, with favourite toys and distractions to hand. You can also feed while you take the casting if this is easier.
- The foot will usually need to remain in place for around one minute until the alginate is firm and stays smooth when you press it. Always feel free to leave it a little longer to make sure all the detail is picked up. Once the mousse is set, gently ease and wriggle the foot free.
- Repeat the process so you have a cast of each foot, and package them straight away, wrapping them in clingfilm or a plastic bag to keep the moisture in. Send the casts to us in the addressed kit box as soon as you are able as explained within the casting kit instructions.
It really is that simple! A video can be seen below for those requiring a visual, and do not hesitate to give us a call if you have any questions.