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Our Mini 3D Hand & Foot Casting Kit offers you the once in a lifetime chance to reproduce the hand or foot of your child in 3D, with accurate details!
This makes the perfect gift idea for baby showers, childbirth, a christening and so on for family and godparents. Or simply a beautiful keepsake for yourself of your own child!
The easy application allows a wide scope of design and provides you with a timeless keepsake to treasure forever.
It's simple, fast and fun. All you need is water, the kit and your child! Detailed instructions are included below.
This kit contains the materials to do 1 complete casting. The materials in 1 (one) kit will accommodate a foot up to approximately an infant shoe size 3 and/or an infant hand up to approximately 12 months of age. See sizing guide below for more information.
Other items you will need (not included): bowl for mixing casting stone and water for liquid measuring.
The older the child, the larger their hand and foot will be. You will need to purchase the correct amount of product to accomodate the hand or foot size.
Children 2 months to 1 years of age: 1 kit required for 1 hand or 1 foot.
Children 1 year to 2 years old: 2 kits required for 1 hand or 1 foot.
Children 2 years and older: 3 kits required for 1 hand or 1 foot.
Female Adult: 4 kits required for 1 hand.
Adult male: 5 kits required for 1 hand.
100g x Molding powder (smaller packet)
100g x Plaster (larger packet)
1 x Gold paint
1 x Paint brush
Detailed Step-by-Step Instructions:
The molding process
- Prepare the molding paste by combining the required portion of the molding powder and water (100g powder to 1 & 1/2 cups water, or 1 and 1/2 times water to the volume of the powder if using other measurement of powder). It will change color once in liquid form. Mix the 2 together in a large Salad bowl or container of your choice quickly.
- Once mold paste is prepared, dip your baby's hand or foot into the paste. Ensure hand/foot has full skin contact and not touching the wall of mold container. Note: only do one mold at a time.
- After about 75 seconds the mold sets. You will know when as it will harden to a rubbery consistency. As the mold hardens it will make it harder for the baby or child to wriggle around, so it will still get a good impression even if your little one isn't completely still. Yay!
- Remove your baby's hand/foot once the paste is completely hardened, gently wiggle hand/foot around to let air in, then gently pull out.
TIP 1: The timing is very important here in the whole process, the paste should be smooth and even, stir quickly with the ladle and work your way to the base of the mixing bowl.
TIP 2: If you do spill some paste onto carpet or your clothing, simply wait for it to dry and rub it off.
TIP 3: Having another person to assist in the process is fun and much easier!
TIP 4: When making the mold for your baby/infant up to 6 months old, it is best done while they are asleep on your arm, so there is less movement for longer period of time.
TIP 5: For a toddler, if you have one that tends to fiddle in this process, we find that good old bribing works best. You could also ask them to hold their small favorite treats like a couple of jelly beans in their other hand.
TIP 6: Instead of using plastic bag, use clear plastic cup for baby hand, and takeaway container for foot. First timers will find it much easier because of the rigid shape, and helps you focus in keeping your baby's hand/foot centered and not touching the mold wall.
The casting process
After you have created your molds, prepare the casting paste. Mix the bag of casting stone with water (100g powder to approx 1/3 cup water - it will need to be the consistency of paint - the more concentrated the better. You may add more water by small increments if you think it is too thick). Ensure the mixture is smooth and there are no clumps.
- Pour the casting mixture into the mold, tapping the mound on a surface as you go. This is to release any air bubbles that may be caught. Once the mold is filled with the casting mixture, continue to tap the mold for another minute or 2 - you'll want your cast as bubble-free as possible!
- Let dry and harden for a minimum of 2 hours.
- Once dried, get the mold out of the container. You can now break the mold away from the cast gently with your hand.
Inspect the casting immediately for any imperfections such as small bubbles, use tooth picks to push them off.