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Belly cast process
 
Making a pregnancy belly cast is a fun and easy project using our kit. It takes only about 30 minutes and there is no mixing of messy materials. All you need to provide is a pair of scissors and a basin of water. The casting material used in making a pregnancy belly cast is extra-fast setting premium quality plaster of paris bandage material and it sets in as quick as 2-4 minutes. The whole process really is fail-proof and the end result is a perfect 3D memento of an expecting mom's beautiful pregnant belly!
 
Belly casting parties are a fun way to spend time with some girlfriends and have them help you make your belly cast.
 
Other moms make the belly cast with a loved one and then take their completed belly cast to their baby shower to either display there or to have their friends help them decorate the belly cast at the shower.  Some decorating ideas to use during a shower include having each person attending write a note to mom and baby on the belly cast or mom brings some decorations and lets the attendees use their imagination in decorating for mom.
 
Use your belly cast to make a shower announcement!
Belly cast used in shower announcement
 
Display your belly cast(s) at your shower!
Belly casts displayed at baby shower
 
Or have your friends sign it as a guest book!
Belly cast used as a guest book
 
 
Belly casting process 
Completed belly cast
Belly casting process

Belly cast party

belly casting tips
 
How to make a pregnancy belly cast including your hands and arms
 
You can include your hands or arms and hands in your casting. You can also include the hands of a loved one in your pregnancy belly cast. It is very easy to do. Just put the hands right on the belly, apply the lubricant over the back of the hands as you are coating the rest of the mom's casting area, and then simply cast right over the hands. Make sure the fingers are spread far enough apart so that it is easily distinguishable that it is a hand being cast into the pregnancy belly cast.
 

Belly cast tips

Belly cast tips

How to get a really smooth pregnancy belly cast

A tip to make a really smooth cast is to dip your fingers in water after you apply a couple of overlapping layers of the plaster casting strips and rub your fingers over the layers to mix the plaster of paris together among the layers. Work fairly quickly as the plaster strips will begin to dry within a few minutes after you begin applying the plaster strips. After your pregnancy belly cast has completely dried, lightly sand it with the sanding screen included in our kit. If you still want an even smoother surface, apply 1-2 layers of Gesso (acrylic priming paint) and let dry according to the manufacturer's instructions.

A more advanced method of making a smoother cast is to apply a thin layer of joint compound or spackle which can be found at your local home improvement store. Apply it with your fingers and as it starts to dry, smooth it out more with your fingers. Allow it to dry according to the manufacturer's instructions and then lightly sand it using our sanding screen. You may need to apply more than 1 layer of joint compound or spackle, allowing each layer to dry and lightly sanding in between each coat.
 
Belly cast tips
Belly cast tips

How to support your breasts during the casting

Since pregnancy belly casting is typically done with the mom unclothed from below the belly up, a common question we get asked is "just how can my breasts have some support while I'm doing the casting?" There are a few different ways to give your breasts some support during the casting:

1. wear a strapless bra, but the fabric and seams will show through your cast, and then cover the bra with saran wrap to protect it, then apply the lubricant on top of the saran wrap; or

2. put a layer of Glad's Press N' Seal over mom's breasts.

 

Belly cast tips
Belly cast tips

How to include your thighs in the casting

To have your pregnancy belly cast look right, you will need to stand up when you get down to the bottom of the belly. Start the casting from the top and work your way down. When you get to the bottom of your belly, place a piece of saran wrap over your pubic area to keep the wet casting material from sticking to it. Slather the saran wrap with lubricant prior to placing it over your pubic area. You will need to hold the saran wrap in place while your helper places the first wet strip over the pubic area. Thereafter, the wet casting strips will hold the saran wrap in place.

Alternatively, you can wear a pair of panties. Try to wear a more delicate pair since the seams won't show as much. Then tuck the saran wrap into the seams to hold it in place and place our all-natural belly casting lubricant on the saran wrap.

 
Belly cast tips
Belly cast tips

Trimming the edges of your belly cast

Don't worry about having the edges of your pregnancy belly cast be even as you are making the cast. After your pregnancy belly cast has completely dried, you can take a pair of sharp scissors and trim the edges to make them even if you like.
 
 
  
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Reinforcing thin areas of your belly cast

Once your belly cast has dried, take a look at it to see if there are any thin areas that need reinforcement.  If you have casting material left over, you can reinforce the cast where needed. Simply wet additional casting strips and place them on the inside of your belly cast where reinforcements are needed. DO NOT place the wet strips on the front of your cast.

Here's a tip submitted from one of our customers--they bought a body repair kit from an auto parts store.
 
"The kit comes w/ glass cloth and epoxy resin. We applied it to the inside of the cast and brushed a light coat of resin on the outside. Then sanded, primed and painted. The cast is so incredibly durable now!! We recommend that anyone who's cast feels flimsy due to not putting enough layers on in certain sections (as was the problem with ours) to do this easy technique."
 
 
 
 
 
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Making the bottom of a belly bowl flat

This tip was submitted with the picture featured to the right:
"I put in a coaster over my belly button while doing the casting so that the bowl would be more stable when placed on a flat surface."
 
Belly cast tips
 
Shiny finish on your finished belly cast
 
Once you have smoothed your belly cast to your liking, and then decorated it if you want, you can apply one or more applications of a spray varnish or lacquer. These products are readily available at your local craft store. They are available in a high gloss and satin finish.

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Belly cast decorating ideas
(click on each picture for details)
 
Bronze
(paint)
Bronze belly cast decorating tips
Baby Prints
(paint & ink)
Belly cast decorating tips for adding baby prints
Swirls
(paint)
Belly cast decorating tips for Swirls
Vines
(clay)

Belly cast decorating tips for adding Vines
Landscape
(decoupage)
Belly cast decorating tips
Angel Baby
(paint)
Belly cast decorating tips
Leaves
(decoupage)
Belly cast decorating tips
Mosaic
(tile & grout)
Belly cast decorating tips
Baby Picture Collage
(decoupage)
Belly cast decorating tips for baby picture collage
Shower Cards
(decoupage)
Belly cast decorating tips
Birth
Announcement
(hot glue &
decoupage)
Belly cast decorating tips
 Time Capsule
(paint & cloth)
Belly cast decorating tips

Belly cast display ideas
 
Wall hanging
To hang your pregnancy belly cast with ribbon, punch a hole in each side of the cast at the top. The easiest way to put holes in a cast is to use either a phillips head screwdriver or an power drill bit. Gently turn the screwdriver or bit and make a hole. Think of where the strings for a halter-top would be and place your holes there. Start with 3 yards of ribbon. Fold in half and cut. Feed each piece through the front of your pregnancy belly cast and make a knot. Bring both pieces up and make a bow. These halter ties can be as long or short as you like.

Belly cast display ideas
Frame
You could buy a large picture frame (you don't need the glass front so try to buy just the frame) and cover the back rectangle of the frame with a pretty color velvet, black is always striking especially if you decide to leave your pregnancy belly cast its natural color. Attach your cast to the back of the frame using wire. Drill holes in the wood backing that is covered with fabric. Then run wire from the back to the front and through the sides of the cast to attach it to the frame.

Belly cast display ideas

 
Easel
If you have the space, your pregnancy belly cast could be beautifully displayed on a brass easel. You can purchase these at any local craft store. I have one of my belly casts displayed on a table-top easel.

Belly cast display ideas
 
Leaning against a wall
Set on a dresser and lean it against the wall. No fuss and the easiest way to display a pregnancy belly cast.



Belly cast display ideas
 
 
 
 
 
Pictures
In addition to displaying your belly cast or belly bowl in your home, take some pictures of baby in it to put in baby's picture album or to display on a wall.

Belly cast display ideas
Belly cast display ideas
 
Belly Bowl
Display the belly bowl on a dresser or table and fill with potpourri or other mementos.
 
Belly cast display ideas
Belly cast display ideas
Incorporate into Nursery Decoration
Use the belly cast as part of the entire nursery theme and decoration.

Belly cast display ideas

Turn into a Time Capsule
Use the belly cast to make a time capsule.

Belly cast display ideas