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 mums 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 mum and baby on the belly cast or mum brings some decorations and lets the attendees use their imagination in decorating for mum.
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.
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.