Making a Keepsake Pregnancy Belly Cast

belly-cast

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal)  Pregnancy is a special time that is fun to record because pregnant women’s bodies go through so many amazing changes. Michal Klau-Stevens, from TheBirthLady.com, is here today to show us a fun, 3-D way to record those changes and make a cool piece of artwork for your nursery at the same time.

Why make a keepsake belly cast?

  • cool reminder of this short period in your life
  • unique piece of artwork for your home
  • show your child how they were once a part of you

Supplies:

  • 5 or 6 rolls of plaster bandages (found in craft stores by plaster of paris)
  • Petroleum Jelly
  • Big container of warm water
  • Scissors
  • Newspaper or drop cloth
  • Old towels or paper towels for cleanup
  • Sandpaper
  • Gesso
  • Paints, other decorations

How to do it:

Preparation

  • Lay down newpapers or drop cloth, and prepare work area
  • Pre-cut bandages in pieces between 8 and 12 inches long
  • Get container of warm water
  • Have towels ready

Make the belly cast:

  • Slather a thick layer of petroleum jelly all over the area to be cast
  • Immerse plaster bandage strips one at a time into the water, let excess water drip off, then place bandages flat over area to be cast
  • Smooth the plaster on the bandage as much as possible
  • Place at least 3 layers (4 is better) in overlapping pattern so the whole area is covered and smooth – work fairly quickly
  • Don’t go past the side of the of the body and around the back – you need to be able to pull the cast off!
  • Make sure the edges have several layers so they are strong
  • Let the bandages harden for about 30 minutes. They should get warm and then cool off when they have hardened up
  • Gently move the body so the cast comes loose from the skin, then pull the cast off
  • Add some gauze strips on the inside to use for hanging the belly cast
  • Set it aside to dry for at least 24 hours

Decorating the belly cast:

  • For a more refined look, use some fine sandpaper to smooth the outside of the cast, if desired, then wipe clean with barely damp cloth and let dry
  • Apply a thick coat of gesso to the outside of the cast
  • Once gesso is dry, the belly cast can be painted or decorated as you desire
  • Add hooks on the inside for hanging belly cast on the wall

 

For supplies you’ll need:

  • 5 or 6 rolls of plaster bandages (found in craft stores by plaster of paris)
  • Petroleum Jelly
  • Big container of warm water
  • Scissors
  • Newspaper or drop cloth
  • Old towels or paper towels for cleanup
  • Sandpaper
  • Gesso
  • Paints, other decorations

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