It would seem that there are LOTS of people out there who are trying to save a little cash by doing their own belly cast. I get that! With a new bub on the way, cash can be tight…and an imperfect D.I.Y. belly cast would be better than no cast, right?
I suppose that I don’t see the D.I.Y. Belly Cast successes, because they are hanging proudly on a bedroom wall somewhere, not in need of T.L.C. The disasters, however…well, they find me all the time! And thank Goddess, ‘cos the thought of a cast being thrown away just breaks my heart, and they can be fixed. Having said that, sometimes fixing them is harder than doing them from scratch. More often than not, truth be told.
It would seem that DIY casting kits are either providing poor quality plaster, not enough of it, or inadequate instructions on how to do a belly cast that is strong. ( Or all 3!!) The broken belly casts that are brought to me are too thin, flaking, and structurally unsound, and often when I start to work on them, they crumble and give way even more. It is becoming commonplace for me to have to actually re-plaster with bandages to create enough stability to be able to start improving on the overall structure and it’s appearance. It’s less work for me to cast from scratch….and eventually I’ll toughen up and start charging accordingly!
The cast featured in the image below is a prime example of this. It was obviously structurally unsound, but at first glance it appeared as though rendering inside and then out may do. But once I started working on it, it caved in under the weight of the new materials! I then had to re-plaster and then re-render. Whilst the finished product is obviously a massive improvement, and worthy of being hung on a wall and admired, you can still feel that it’s core is slightly unstable, and not a lot can be done about that. I have no doubt that if hung and left in position on a wall, this cast would last for decades, but I am not sure whether it will get to meet the grandchildren of the bubba it captured in utero!
This situation is one of the reasons that I do not sell D.I.Y Belly Casting Kits myself, but prefer to sell just the plaster.
And this situation is a great example of why I am appealing to Mammas who want their belly casts to be a true and lasting piece of artwork, to consider NOT doing it themselves. When you do the math, buying a D.I.Y cast and then paying to repair the imperfections probably amounts to nearly the same as having the cast done by me in the first place.
My belly casting services and belly casting repair services extend to Sydney, the Central Coast, Newcastle and Hunter regions.