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Belly Cast Information
How do I get my finished belly cast as shiny as some that I see on your web site?
  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/laquer. These products are readily available at your local craft store. They are available in both a high gloss and satin finish.

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How do I get my pregnancy belly cast as smooth as the ones I see on your website?
  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.

To get the smooth look you see on our website, you should purchase our DELUXE pregnancy belly cast kit. After your pregnancy belly cast has completely dried, follow the instructions on our Belly Cast Smoother (included in our DELUXE kit). Apply it with your fingers and as it starts to dry, smooth it out more with your fingers. Allow it to dry and then lightly sand the dry surface of your belly cast using our sanding screen included in the DELUXE kit. You may need to apply more than one layer of Belly Cast Smoother, allowing each layer to dry and lightly sanding in between each coat. Then apply 1-2 layers of Belly Cast Sealer (gesso) included in our DELUXE kit and let dry completely before decorating.

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How do I make a belly cast?
  There is no mixing of messy materials.  The casting material comes in rolls, which you simply cut into strips of material, dip each strip in water and then apply them in overlapping layers on momís skin after her skin has been generously coated with the belly casting lubricant we include in the kit to prevent the wet casting strips from sticking to her skin as they dry, and about 10 minutes later, the cast is dry enough to pull off.

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How do I make a pregnancy belly cast including my hands or 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 our all-natural belly casting 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.

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How do I reinforce thin areas of my belly cast after it has dried?
  Once your belly cast has dried, take a look at it to see if there are any thin areas that need reinforcement. You can reinforce the cast where needed from left-over strips. 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.

If you have purchased our DELUXE pregnancy belly cast kit, both the Belly Cast Smoother and Belly Cast Sealant will reinforce your cast.

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How do I support my 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, cover the bra with saran wrap to protect it and then apply our all-natural belly casting lubricant on top of the saran wrap

2. put a layer of Glad's Press N' Seal under and over mom's breasts until you have the desired amount of support. Just make sure you don't apply it too tightly.

3. take saran wrap and fold it in half and wrap around mom under the breast area like an ace bandage until you have the desired amount of support. Just make sure you don't wrap it too tightly.


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How do I trim the edges of my 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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How should I hang my finished belly cast on the wall?
  The best way to hang it is to drill a small hole on either side of the cast or along the top using either a philips head screwdriver or a small power drill using a small bit. Gently turn the screwdriver or bit and make a hole. Some women make the holes at the top and thread some colorful ribbon through it and use that as part of the display. If you want it on the wall, but don't want the ribbon to show, you can drill on the sides about a third of the way down from the top and use the wire that you would use to hang a picture frame. The wire will be hidden behind the cast and you hang it on a nail or picture frame hook.
I want to include my thighs in the casting, how do I do that?
  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 panties to to keep the wet casting material from sticking to it. Then place a layer of saran wrap over your panties. Slather the saran wrap with lubricant prior to placing it over your panties. You will need to hold the saran wrap in place over your panties while your helper places the first wet strip over this area. Thereafter, the wet casting strips will hold the saran wrap over your panties in place.

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I've lost my belly cast kit instructions or they were missing from my kit.
  Please e-mail us at sales@proudbody.com to receive a replacement set of instructions.
Is a belly cast hard to make?
  No. It is incredibly simple and in just 30 minutes you will have created your own unique work of art.

We provide easy-to-follow instructions written in English, French and Spanish.
Is everything I need to make a belly cast in your kits? What comes in your kits?
  Yes! Our kits are complete. There is no need to run to the store to buy anything before making your belly cast.

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Is is safe to make a belly cast? Will it irritate my skin?
  Yes, we did extensive research on what we included in the kit.  The 2 things touching momís skin is our all-natural belly casting lubricant (made of beeswax, cocoa butter, water, olive oil and vitamin E) and artistís casting material (fine cotton gauze material with gypsum sprayed on it).  In addition, the casting material conforms to the health requirements of ASTM-D4236 and requires no additional labeling as mandated by the Labeling of Hazardous Art Materials Act (LHAMA).

Click here to review all the information regarding the products we chose to include in our kit. If you still have any specific concerns about making a belly cast, you should talk to your doctor.
Should I wear panties when I make my belly cast?
  We strongly suggest that you wear a pair of panties when you make your belly cast. Otherwise, the wet plaster that drips from the belly casting strips may drip into your pubic area and stick.
What can I do with my finished belly cast?
  How you decorate your finished pregnancy belly cast depends on your taste. You can leave it in its original form and hang it up as a wall decoration in your bedroom or in your baby's nursery (you can easily poke a couple of holes in the top and thread a pretty ribbon through the holes) or you can apply belly cast sealant (included in our DELUXE pregnancy belly cast kit) and then finish or embellish it as you desire.

Some ideas for decorating include applying sequins, feathers, dried flowers, photographs or small, pretty, cut stones or glass. You also can wait to decorate it until after your baby is born and apply paint to your baby's hands and feet and put the prints on your belly cast. When your baby is old enough, you could even decorate it together. You could even have it bronzed. Your imagination is truly the limit.

Check out our DECORATING kits, which are available in three color schemes: BOLD, PASTEL and VINTAGE. Everything is included to transform your completed white belly cast into a unique work of art!

Click here for our tips page and click here for our picture gallery page for decorating ideas and lots of pictures of pregnancy belly casts.
What does it feel like when I make a belly cast?
  Most moms like the application of the wet, warm casting strips. They find it very soothing. Before your apply the strips, you generously apply our specially formulated all-natural belly casting lubricant over the portion of your body you would like to cast and as the cast dries, it pulls away easily from your skin.

We had used Vaselineģ for years in our kits but made the switch to our all-natural belly casting lubricant as we believe it is simply the best product available to make the belly casting process comfortable for mom.

Our lubricant provides an excellent barrier between mom's skin and the casting material so the belly cast is easy to remove from mom's skin after it has dried. Plus, our lubricant is body and earth-friendly.

Our lubricant is made of all-natural ingredients: Beeswax, cocoa butter, olive oil and vitamin E. It is easily washed from mom's skin once her belly cast has been removed or she can allow it absorb into her skin.

It is so much easier to remove than messy Vaseline but it provides the same excellent barrier protection!
What is Belly Cast Sealant (Gesso) and when should I use it?
  Belly Cast Sealant (Gesso) is included in our DELUXE pregnancy belly cast kit.  Our Belly Cast Sealant should be applied prior to decorating your completed dried belly cast. Belly Cast Sealant has the consistency and look of Elmer's Glue.  Our DELUXE kit also includes a sponge brush to apply the sealant to your dried cast. Cheaper bristle brushes have the tendency to lose their bristles on the surface of the belly cast.

You should apply a one or more layers of Belly Cast Sealant and allow each layer to completely dry before you paint your belly cast.

Some moms who decide to leave their belly casts white also apply a layer of Belly Cast Sealant to seal it.
What types of paints should I use to decorate my belly cast?
  If you decide to paint your belly cast once it dries, we recommend the use of either acrylic or latex paints. Check out our DECORATING kits, which are available in three color schemes: BOLD, PASTEL & VINTAGE. They are a convenient way to purchase the color paints you need to transform your white belly cast into your own unique masterpiece!

You should also apply  one or more layers of Belly Cast Sealant (included in our DELUXE pregnancy belly cast kit) and allow it to dry before painting your belly cast. Our Belly Cast Sealant seals your belly cast and prepares the surface for painting.

We recommend the use of a sponge brush to apply the Belly Cast Sealant (included in our DELUXE kit). Cheaper bristle brushes have the tendency to lose their bristles on the surface of the belly cast.
When do most moms make a belly cast?
  Most moms make their belly casts anywhere between 34 to 36 weeks of pregnancy but we have had some that have made them as early as 30 weeks of pregnancy and some as late as full-term. It really is a matter of personal preference.

Our best advice is not to wait too long because babies have a way of coming early sometimes!