Depending on the product you have chosen, on average an appointment will take 30-60 minutes.
For 3D casts, materials used may leave a mark on clothing so best to dress little ones in something that can be easily removed or you don’t mind getting soiled. Fragrance free baby wipes and petroleum jelly are used. Snacks may be offered and treats are provided to dogs to keep them distracted during the process.
I work from my home and have a small dog so if there are any fears, issues, or allergy concerns, please discuss with me so I may offer you a solution.
3D Casts – The Process
The mould is created using a hypo-allergenic material called alginate, the same material a dentist would use to take a mould of your teeth. The hand, foot or paw is coated with petroleum jelly then placed into the alginate and left for approximately one minute to set.
The rest is done after your appointment when the cast is created using fine plaster. After it sets, the alginate is removed and the cast is refined and left to dry. Once dry, the final plaster cast is hand painted, finished and presented as you have chosen.
2D Impression Process
Using terracotta clay; a hand, foot, paw or hoof is pressed gently to create an impression. There are various moulds and sizes to choose from and once decided, dental plaster is then poured to create a raised tile. Once dried, the tile is refined and sanded, ready to be painted. A variety of colours and finishes are offered and tiles are presented as hanging or placed in a frame of your choice. Please note that due to the fragile nature of the plaster, framing is recommended.
Taking Prints for Jewellery
No ink, no mess. A quick and easy way to capture prints. This process won’t take long and an inkless wipe is used and magic paper. Although the wipes are safe and non toxic, a normal wet wipe is used on all parts of the skin which have been in contact with the inkless wipe.
Fingerprints are taken using a moulding dough, where the finger or thumb is pressed into it, providing the impression. It’s not advisable to use fingerprints taken under the age of 2 years and even then can depend on how well defined their prints are.
The prints are then sent off to be handcrafted.