The casting process
I allow 45 minutes for an appointment, this gives you time to choose your frame options and to make sure your little one is happy and not rushed. The casting process itself is very quick, your little one’s hand/foot is placed into the moulding gel for up to a minute until set. It is then gently removed and comes out clean. The gel sets to a firm but not hard consistency and little toes and fingers are able to move until just before it sets. Hands can be wriggled into positions that are tricky to cast (and sometimes little fingers like to hold onto the mould on the way out!) so I always take two moulds of hands to help achieve a good result. The moulding gel is made from alginate which is seaweed based, is non toxic and completely safe to use on children.
You are able to hold your child throughout the process. Once I have taken the moulds, you are free to go home as the rest of the casting process is done later. There are five further stages to be carried out before the casting process is complete and your order will be ready in five weeks.
Although I take great care throughout the casting process, it is recommended that you and your child wears something old as the moulding gel may get on clothing. It’s best to avoid dressing your child in tight fitting socks etc as they may leave marks on feet which could be reproduced in the casts. Long nails can sometimes scratch the moulds so it’s best to trim them beforehand.
Handy Hint - Sometimes it can be really helpful to have a bottle of milk, dummy, snack or favourite toy handy in case we need to distract your little one. If breastfeeding, don't worry about too much about expressing milk to bring, I know you've got enough to do without any extra pressure and it may not be needed.
Fingerprints are captured by pressing the finger gently into a soft putty. Hand, foot, kiss & pet prints are captured by using our inkless print system. The hand, foot etc is wiped with a dry wipe and pressed onto a specially coated paper and the print will appear in a few seconds. Both methods of print taking are non-toxic, mess free, quick and completely safe to use.
2D stone Outprints
Hands and feet are gently pressed into a soft dough to capture prints. This method is quick, safe and mess free. The moulds are then used to make the 2D outprints.
I accept bank transfer, cash or cheque (payable to Tina Oldham). Full payment is required when placing your order.
I understand things sometimes crop up unexpectedly with children, so if you are unable to make your appointment, I’d really appreciate a quick phone call to let me know. Don’t worry even if it’s last minute and you will be help to save me time setting up and clearing away.
Appointments are held at 21 Mallard Way, Bradwell, Gt Yarmouth Norfolk NR31 8JY (the Phoenix Swimming pool). Please note that Mallard Way joins Wren Drive without any road signs. If you are turning from Beccles Road, we are the fourth house on the left after you pass Robin Close and have the bus stop outside. Tel: 07835 489966.
You are welcome to park on our drive, or there is parking on the road outside and in the layby nearby.
Terms and Conditions
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