Frequently Asked Questions
I take the moulds at my home, in Corstorphine. The mould can be delicate and its not best to travel with it, so its best to have it done here. However if it is necessary I can travel to you. (There is a small fee for this). As a mother of three I am well aware of how tricky it can be to get out the house for a certain time! In the case of casting pet paws, I will come to you as its always best to keep your pet in his own environment.
The moulds are made using a specialist product which is completely skin safe and can be used from birth. It takes approximately 2 minutes for the mould to set. However the appointment will take around an hour. I like to ensure that the client is as comfortable and confident with the process as possible before we start. Also we will discuss the different colours and finishes available and you will be able to look at samples before making your choices. It is important to me that your cast is perfect and exactly what you wanted, so if there is anything special that you have in mind then please ask.
Your cast is made from stone plaster. This is a very strong and hard product, which is designed to last a lifetime.
The casts are painted using specialist paints which come in a range of colours and finishes. These colours are designed so that they will not fade in the sun (imagine your frame hanging on the wall for years in the sunlight). I use a primer, colour and topcoat of clear lacuer for every cast.
Belly casts are usually best done from 32 weeks onwards. It takes approximately 20 minutes to take the basic cast, and you will need to sit still for this long. My priority is always you and we will ensure you are comfortable at all times. However if you have any issues, aches or pains etc then please mention this and we can discuss it in detail before deciding to go ahead. Once the basic cast has been taken, I will do several more layers to strengthen and smooth the cast, before it is painted or decorated as you wish.
It takes approximately three weeks from taking the moulds for your cast to be ready. The plaster must be completely dry before it is sanded and painted which takes a few days, depending on the size of your cast. Each frame is made to order to your specifications, so that also takes a little while to do. Do bear this in mind if you would like your product for a particular date or special occasion, to ensure that it is ready on time.