Join me at my home for a cup of tea, Feel free to bring your children for an outing or come on your own.
While you get comfy I will precisely measure my materials and provide you with an apron to protect your clothing.
I've outlined a "little one" casting session below however the process for all other castings is very similar!
First I mix up a biodegradable and hypoallergenic Alginate material. It begins as a powder that is mixed with water to create a pudding like slurry. The Alginate is prosthetic grade and specially formulated to capture fine details, It is very gentle and non toxic for even the newest skin and wiggling fingers.
The Alginate I use for babies and children sets very quickly so they don't have to be held or sit for long and I have a few tricks up my sleeve for even the most wiggly little ones.
Once the Alginate has set up it will have become more of a rubbery consistency and I will gently free your little ones fingers or toes from the mold
We will then confirm your framing and finish choices . For the 11x14 Shadow box collages we will brainstorm your vision and I will produce a preliminary sketch.
You can expect to spend anywhere from 30-60 minutes at the appointment depending on the casting services you have requested.
After your initial appointment I will mix and pour your molds with a durable cement blend which is 75% stronger than many types of plaster used by other artists. Sculptures are left to cure and harden for one week then are hand painted to your desired finish with top quality artist paints using a technique that accentuates even the smallest details.
Typical wait times for most castings average 4-6 weeks depending on the product you have selected.
If you have any specific questions or concerns please don't hesitate to get in touch!