Lifecasts – When is the best age to create them?

Lifecasts – When is the best age to create them?

When is the best age for a life casting?

 

This is the question I am asked the most and it's a really good question to ask. The problem is the answer is not that simple.

It's too late to capture today, if it's already tomorrow.

"I wish I'd done this when my children were smaller"

"I'd give anything to hold those newborn feet again"

"You forget so quickly how small they once were, don't you?"

"I wish I'd known I could have done that - now it's too late"

But when is the best age to capture a lifecasting? Well, that depends - I'm not being noncommittal. It depends on WHAT you want to cast, and WHY.

Why do you want life casts?

What will you have lifecast?

Why now?

What memory are you capturing?

Why might waiting be better?

What would I regret if I didn't do this?

Why should you NOT wait

There are no age limitations on my life castings.

What I can’t do is pause time, or go back in time...that would be pretty clever...

Being prepared and being organised is the key to successfully holding onto YOUR Impressive Memories.

I noticed on a website that the caster wouldn't cast babies older than 6 months, "due to them being unsuitable" - Seriously? It's most definitely THAT life caster who is unsuitable, it is certainly NOT your baby.

There are NO AGE LIMITATIONS to lifecasting - young or old. 

Another company claims that babies who "don't cooperate" will have to pay extra if more casting material is needed, AND return another day!  - I would never expect my customers to pay extra because their baby had wriggled! Wriggling is NOT a problem - in fact, I encourage it!!

Do not worry about anything like this happening at Impressive Memories! In my 16 years, I've never been unable to cast anyone or anything that's been to me for lifecasting!!

Baby Lifecasting

As a new parent, you'll want to treasure every second of your precious little bundle. They grow so so quickly, don't they? You just want to pause time and enjoy the moment - but it's also great fun watching them grow, and change and become little people. Lifecasting lets you capture that moment in time. Photographs are great but lifecasts let you actually touch and hold those memories.

Why Is Now The Right Time?

There could be many reasons. I would always say there is never a wrong time to capture a moment with a lifecast. It's a great way to remember a special anniversary or milestone, but in reality, we should treasure every day we have. Not just special occasions.

Why might waiting be better?

If proud Grandparents are also keen to have baby lifecasts and keepsakes, it can be a good idea to do them at different ages to yours.  If you have newborn casts taken, they could wait until your baby is 6 months old...then you can compare and see how they've grown.

Why should you NOT wait?

Once the moment has passed it can never come back. Don't let memories fade - keep holding them!

Don't be left with regrets, wishing you'd done it.

Whenever I take a lifecast for you, we are creating a tangible snapshot of that moment in time.

Here are some of the benefits and possible disadvantages of casting different ages. For more [email protected] on baby lifecasting I have another blog here.

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Lifecasting is NOT just for Babies!

A common misconception is that only babies can create lifecasts

When it comes to lifecasting adults the emphasis isn't on those cute little baby wrinkles anymore.

Our hands are so unique and instantly recognisable as those they belong to.

What we're doing when we cast adult hands is recognising and honouring those in our lifecast.

We're telling the world that this person is important to us and that we want to capture the connections, love and respect we have for them.

With the level of detail captured you can create a unique family heirloom. Imagine passing your lifecast down through the generations.

As we live in a digital age of no longer printing and storing photographs - How are YOU going to show future generations where they originated? Imagine letting them touch, hold and feel the hands of generations that came before them?

 

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Memorial Lifecasting

Memories are never more precious than when we lose a loved one.

Lifecasting can still be done but it is vital that you contact me as soon as possible.

I cannot guarantee it will always be possible but I can guarantee that I have the skills, experience and industry requirements to do this for you.

I am more than happy to discuss this option with you if it is something you would like to know more about.

But when IS the best time to take lifecasts?

Hmmm There just isn't an answer to this is there?

Hopefully, I've helped you think about what YOU want to capture and why?

  • Newborn Babies
  • Chubby 6 month old hands and feet
  • Birthdays
  • Milestones
  • Introducing a New Sibling
  • Recognising a family connection
  • Wedding Hand Clasp
  • Anniversary
  • Elderly relative whose hand holds a lifetime of memories
  • Loved one who has passed
  • Don't forget PETS too!

I don't think there is such a thing as a 'Best Time'.  Whatever you cast, and whenever I cast it, we are taking a tangible snapshot of that moment.

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So What are you waiting for?

Make a booking today to capture YOUR Impressive Memories

Gift Experiences:Hand Casting for two adults

Gift Experiences:Hand Casting for two adults

Gift Experiences NEW for 2020

Have you thought about gifting a Hand Cast Gift Experience for Two Adult Hands?

Impressive Memories Gift Experiences are perfect for you if:

  • Giving a gift that's truly unique important to you.
  • You'd like to give a gift that captures a moment, memory or milestone, that lets us touch, hold & remember a memory for a lifetime?
  • You can imagine creating a truly unique heirloom of the future - NOW! Just think how awesome it will be, to not just show future generations, but let them see, touch and feel them too.

You will be gifting a fun - and not forgetting an impressively memorable - experience, capturing two adults holding hands together, expertly creating their hand casting gift experience.

This downloadable gift experience is AVAILABLE INSTANTLY, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

You also have 3 different gifting options -

  1. Download and send your gift digitally - be impressively eco-friendly and not to mention instantaneously impressive! Perfect for those of us who want to give an outstanding gift, but also need it quickly.
  2. Or you can print off your gift experience certificate at home. Ideal for when you need an outstanding gift - NOW! Click - Print - Done.
  3. Choose to have your gift experience printed and posted to the recipient. I'm happy to help present your gift by printing it for you on lovely shiny paper and posting it for you too.

With the click of a button, you can gift the recipients the opportunity to capture a hand cast for two adults to create a memorable, tangible, moment in time.

Engagements, Marriage, Anniversaries, Birthdays, Celebrations, Milestones.

(Could also be a complete lifesaver if you maybe forgot to buy that important gift & time is now of the essence! No need to panic - we've got it covered!!)

The Handcast Gift Experience will take place at the Impressive Memories Lifecasting Studio in Pitcairn, Glenrothes in Fife. KY7 6ET. Within easy traveling distance from all over Fife, Dundee, Perth, Edinburgh and the Lothians.

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Who would gift a Handclasp?

The person who gifts a hand casting experience is someone who values the people in their life. Someone that recognises the importance of the connections within our families & friendships. Someone who treasures the moments in our lives and that makes us who we are. They treasure those that are impressive to them and want to capture memories.

Mass-produced 'off-the-shelf' gifts just aren't Impressive enough for you - you'd much rather give a fun experience, with a memorable and life long memento to touch, hold and treasure. You'd like to be remembered for gifting a bespoke present that lasts a lifetime.

Who is the ideal recipient to Gift a Handclasp Experience?

The ideal recipient for a hand cast gift experience could be an engaged couple, newlyweds, parent's celebrating a wedding anniversary (a silver cast for a silver wedding gift, a gold cast for a golden wedding), grandparents, best friends, business partners, brothers & sisters, mum and daughter, father and son...

A hand cast is for people who value those they share in their life. They care more about the people, friends and their family than they do about material possessions. They can appreciate the beauty of a hand cast as it has captured an emotion and made it a tangible memory they are proud to display - showing the world what's important to them.

Why does every home need a hand cast?

A hand cast is more than just a beautiful ornament to display in your home. It is a work of art inspired by you! Seeing your hand cast should evoke memories unique to those who it captures, and spark memories for all those that recognise those who have created it. Our hands are so expressive and instantly recognisable and once your work of art is on display you are showing the world - and your visitors - that you are proud of those you share in your life.

In years to come, it can become a family heirloom to pass down through generations, a snapshot of time, reminding us of our family values, our loved ones and our impressive memories.

Available to Buy & Download NOW

Head over to the online shop now to purchase your Gift Experience NOW!

Instantly available for you to download and gift to an Impressive friend or relative. 

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How do I purchase a Gift Experience?

To purchase a gift experience just complete the ordering process above. Add to cart and make the payment. You will then receive an email.

How do I Download my Gift Experience?

After purchasing you will be emailed with confirmation and a link to download your gift experience certificate and instructions. On your order form, you will also see an order number that starts with a #. Keep a note of this number as the person receiving your gift will need this to verify their offer. 

  • If you chose to download and send your gift digitally

On completion, you will be emailed with confirmation and a link to download your gift experience certificate and instructions. On your order form, you will also see an order number that starts with a #. Keep a note of this number as the person receiving your gift will need this to verify their offer. 

Click on the link to download your certificate and instructions. Create a new email to the lucky recipient and attach your gift to your email as an attachment. Be sure to also tell the recipient your unique order number that starts with #.

  • If you chose to print off your gift experience certificate and instructions yourself.

On completion, you will be emailed with confirmation and a link to download your gift experience certificate and instructions. On your order form, you will also see an order number that starts with a #. Keep a note of this number as the person receiving your gift will need this to verify their offer. 

Click on the link to download your certificate and instructions. You can now print your certificate and instruction sheet. You will see on the instruction sheet there is a space for you to add your order number. Please add your order number to the sheet before giving your gift.

  • If you opted to upgrade your order and paid an additional £6.99 to have it printed on glossy paper and have it posted, then I will look after everything on your behalf. Once I have posted your gift experience I will email you a Royal Mail tracking code as confirmation that it has been sent.

I Received a Gift Experience - what do I do now?

If you have received a gift experience, it is time to begin your Impressive journey to creating your hand cast.

Firstly, you should read through the information on the sheets you have been given, then pop me an email me at [email protected] with your name and order number (starting with #) Once you send the email to me I will reply with your personal online booking code. You can then go to the 'Make a Booking' page at www.impressivememories.co.uk to choose a date and time that suits you to come and create your hand cast at the studio.

Your order number and online booking code are valid for one year from the purchase date of your gift experience. Please do not let it expire - BOOK NOW!

When you complete the online booking form please use your booking code in the box that asks if you have a gift voucher. This will allow you to use the credit from your voucher to pay the deposit. Please follow the booking instructions shown on the website. That's it!! You'll be booked in!! You now just have to wait until your appointment.

Would you like to join me over on Facebook?

There's lots of examples of hand casts I've done over the years and you're welcome to comment on any of them to speak to me, or the person who it captures. You can find my business page here - look forward to seeing you there!!

Customer Testimonials

I have reviews on social media, Google (yes there are fake ones there too, unfortunately - jealousy is an ugly trait hee hee) and I collate these on my own website too. You're welcome to see what customers who've visited already have said. They're over here

Who am I?

*waves* Hi, I'm Jen. Everything you see online and offline at Impressive Memories is created by moi! All the jewellery, products, lifecasts, website, catalogs, leaflets...all me! (control freak)

I started lifecasting in 2003 when I had my daughter, and began to build my first business 'Impressive Babies'. I left my music teaching career to run my business full time in 2013 and 'Impressive Memories' has grown and flourished, as has my daughter, since.

I am passionate about capturing an emotion or memory and creating it into a tangible work of art that you can touch, hold and feel for a lifetime. I believe in using the very highest standard of raw materials, alongside consistently developing my own skills to an ever-rising level.  A perfectionist in detail (and my harshest critic) with the ethos that any item created at Impressive Memories is honouring your most Impressive Memory.

I am on a mission to make YOUR memories tangibly impressive!

FAQ's
  1. What is the cast made from? A high density, top quality stone powder.
  2. How long does it take to make the hand cast? You only need to be in the casting material for approx 5 mins. It will take approx 8 weeks to complete your work of art.
  3. Why does it take so long? Due to the fine and highly dense construction it takes a long time for the cast to dry naturally. To speed it up would have a detrimental effect on your cast in the long run...it would be fine for a few years but then it would begin to deteriorate and could even disintegrate.
  4. I've seen a cheaper option elsewhere - why should I come to Impressive Memories? It's important that you choose a lifecaster that you know, like and trust to create your hand cast. It's always a good idea to explore all your options. A cheaper product might be created using cheap materials or a cheap moulding compound, maybe it's been artificially dried and compromised for a quick turnaround, it might not have been finished to the high standard I work to (look for lumps and bumps and a poor finish around fingernails etc.) It's also worth checking the time a lifecaster has been working and selling their work to the public. Some issues don't rear their ugly head for 5 years+ Mould, for example, takes a long time to appear and destroy your casting. Chances are that the person who cut corners and sold you a damp cast has moved on to another 'business venture' and won't care or know how to rectify your issue.
  5. Should I buy a kit and do it myself? This depends on the end goal you want to achieve. A kit can be good fun but the result is uncertain and not guaranteed. You won't have the skills, ability, machinery, techniques or knowledge to create to the standard of an experienced life caster, and if you want to have fun and waste £80 then have a bash. Buying a camera won't make you a photographer,  owning a screwdriver doesn't make you a joiner, dancing in your bedroom singing into a hairbrush won't make you a pop star...(sorry to shatter your dreams). If you want to have fun and possibly end up with a dodgy looking cast that looks great inside a dark cupboard - then buy a kit. If you want a high-quality work of art that you're proud of for decades to come - you're in the right place.
  6. What if I give this as a gift and they don't want it? Don't panic. If the recipient would rather choose a different casting or jewellery or ceramics, that's no problem at all. They can transfer their voucher monetary value to any item at Impressive Memories.
  7. Can I wear jewellery? Yes, rings can be worn. Wedding bands are inclusive of a standard casting but to include ornate rings with stone settings there's a small additional cost. Jewellery can make your cast even more unique and recognisable as being YOUR hands. If you've been gifted a casting without jewellery you are welcome to upgrade your cast and include them yourself for just £20 per ring.

If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to get in touch. I am more than happy to have a chat and answer anything you'd like to know more about. Give me a call on 07837 800 353, email me [email protected], visit me over on Facebook or Instagram

Available to Buy & Download NOW

Head over to the online shop now to purchase your Gift Experience NOW!

Instantly available for you to download and gift to an Impressive friend or relative. 

Wedding Day Memories: 6 ideas to capture

Wedding Day Memories: 6 ideas to capture

Would you like to create tangible memories of your wedding?

Weddings – big or small, traditional or wacky, lavishly extravagant or cosy & intimate – it is a day to be remembered. However you choose to celebrate, your wedding day should be filled with Impressive Memories.

With months (possibly years) of planning, and an enormous amount of work and effort you think you have covered every possible idea to make your day absolutely perfect. No doubt you’ve spent evenings knee deep in Pinterest boards, dreaming of your perfect day.

Because let’s face it…none of us want our day to be bland or predictable. Nobody wants peach silk bridesmaids, do they? Everyone wants to have the wow factor and for their day to be remembered as being spectacular.

Fear not!! I can help you create 6 ideas that absolutely nobody else can replicate. Guaranteed to be as unique as the couple who are tying the knot…

Here are 6 personalised memories for you to incorporate into your wedding day celebrations.

#1 Bride & Groom Hand Cast

To have and to hold 

Why not create a completely personal work of art with a 3d hand cast incorporating those all-important wedding rings? You can organise this yourself or why not suggest that friends and family contribute to buy you this as a totally unique wedding gift?

Hand casting for couples starts from £135. A little bit more if you’d like to include ornate rings with stone settings.

This beautiful example was created by a couple who were first married in Serbia (the grooms home), then had a second wedding here in Fife (the brides home). The newlyweds visited my studio (between weddings) and the plan was for the cast to be hand delivered, by the father of the bride, on his next journey to Serbia.

#2 Wedding Cufflinks for the Groom

From this day forward

What more could a Groom ask for on his wedding day than to wear personalised cufflinks created from his very own son or daughter? 

Travis made these for his Daddy as a surprise gift on the morning of his mummy and daddy’s wedding day. It was quick, clean and simple for Travis to pop to my studio and have his prints taken, but means the absolute world to his parents to have their son at their wedding. Now his little hand and footprints are captured for a lifetime at the moment of such an impressive event.

Linzi Moffat

I decided to get my husband a gift for our wedding day, personalised cufflinks with my son’s hand and footprint, however, I had left it a bit late for timing but Jen made sure they would be ready on time! Her studio is beautiful! I almost cried each time I received my items from her. I cannot thank her enough and urge people to have a look on her site! She is amazing at what she does, I can’t wait to be back in her studio again one day!

#3 Your Wedding Dress on a Silver Pandora Charm

For better, for worse

Would you like to wear your wedding dress every day? Well, you can’t…because you’d look like an idiot. Imagine going on the school run wearing your wedding dress? Nipping around the supermarket? It’s not gonna happen is it?

But you could have a silver charm made with an impression of your wedding dress. You could wear it on your Pandora bracelet, on a pendant or maybe a ring? Then you COULD wear it everyday…impressive!

These aren’t in my online shop at the moment, drop me a message and I’ll help you order this charm today.

#4 Your Wedding Bouquet in a handmade silver charm

For richer, for poorer

Flowers make your wedding day bloom…ing lovely! I adore fresh flowers and, for me, they are a hugely important part any special occasion. Sadly though, flowers don’t last long – but jewellery can last a lifetime.

Do you have a favourite flower? My personal favourite flower is a lily, which is why I adore making silver fingerprint lilies.

Created from a love heart of silver and gently rolled into a lily, they have the fingerprint impression of a loved one tucked inside. It could be a guest who lived too far away and was unable to attend your wedding. Or a loved one no longer with us. Whoever you choose.

I recently made a pair of fingerprint lily earrings for a lovely lady. She was delighted with them and I think they will be a popular choice for everyone.

Maggie Gray

A truly professional job by a very caring lady. I can’t thank her enough for all her help during a very difficult time for me. I am absolutely delighted with my gorgeous items, they are unique and stunning. I definitely recommend entrusting Jen with your priceless memories. She will give you all the help and advice you want.

#5 Wedding Guest Fingerprint Plate

In sickness and in health

When you’re planning a wedding you also have to plan who will share your special day.

It might be that some guests are ill and don’t manage to spend the day with you as they’d planned. They could still be part of capturing a memory by having them create a fingerprint tree of family and friends.

They will love being part of your wedding family tree!

Each guest can add a leaf with their fingerprint and even leave a signature or a message for you both.

#6 Honouring a deceased loved one at your wedding

Until death do us part.

Your wedding day is a celebration surrounded by loved ones, sadly we may have relatives and friends who’ve passed away and can’t be there for your big day. That doesn’t mean they can’t still be part of your celebration – there are a few ways you can incorporate them into your special occasion.

I offer a range of jewellery that incorporates locks of hair, cremation ashes, fingerprints and handwriting and signatures. You can find out more about Memorial memories in a blog that I wrote here.

Conclusion

These are just 6 ideas to let you see how to make your wedding as unique as you are.

If you have a question about any of the items shown here or you’re left wondering…

Who can help bring my ideas to reality?

The answer is…

“I do”

And you don’t even need to get down on one knee to ask me.

Best Wishes

Jen x