Top tips for getting the best from your baby casting

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Babies grow up so quickly and using 3D casting to capture their little hands and feet allows you to make a lovely souvenir that you will cherish for a lifetime. Making your baby’s hand and foot casts at home is significantly less expensive and simpler than you would expect. Here are some of our best casting tips and the simple phases of the babies casting procedure:

The process is comprised of only three stages

A newborn hand or foot cast may be made in just three simple steps. Before you begin, make sure you have all of the necessary casting supplies on available, and we strongly advise you to enlist the services of an assistant to assist you with the mould-making process. This is something that your partner, parent, or friend can assist you with.

If you’ve never dealt with alginate before, we usually recommend performing a fast ‘finger test’ before attempting to build a hand or foot impression mould. By first going through this quick and easy process, you’ll have a much better understanding of how the alginate mixes, the colour change process it goes through, the texture of the alginate when it’s setting, and how the alginate feels on your finger (which is completely harmless!), as well as what happens when your finger is removed from the set alginate. Please keep in mind that the directions below are for baby casting kit.

How to get the right results

  • In a small container, pour 50ml of 30°C water. Measure out the equal amount of alginate in a separate container and sprinkle it into the 30°C water. Begin mixing right away.
  • You have 1 minute and 55 seconds to mix, so keep going until you get a smooth consistency. The mixture will be pink at this point.
  • Put your finger into the alginate mixture and wriggle it around until the alginate completely covers your finger before 2 minutes has passed.
  • The alginate will begin to set in around 2 minutes and will be completely set in 2.5-3 minutes. The combination grows paler as the alginate sets, eventually turning a greyish white colour when fully set.
  • Release your finger from the mould once it has set – you won’t be able to see much detail in the mould at this point, but trust us when we say that every feature, including your detailed fingerprints, will be there!

Top Tip: Measure the temperature of the water using a reliable thermometer rather than guessing the temperature required for the alginate. You’re ready to start casting now that you know how the alginate impression mould works.

Conclusion

A 3D casting kit is a thoughtful present for new parents. We can’t think of a more perfect keepsake gift to commemorate a baby’s first few months. Baby’s small hand and foot are beautifully duplicated into a souvenir that will last a lifetime and may be passed down through the generations – a genuine family treasure! A Baby Casting Kit is a unique and considerate christening or baptism present, as well as a gift for a baby’s naming ceremony.

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