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

Box frames – are they safer for baby casts?

Box frames – are they safer for baby casts?

Box frames or open frames: How should you frame baby casts?

Once you have baby casts created you will want to display them proudly on the wall of your home. There are lots of different options to do this. 

How do you decide how to frame your baby's hand and foot casts?

In this blog, I am going to share my thoughts on two types of framing - Box framing/shadowing framing behind glass, and Open framing where the casts are mounted in front of the glass.

BOX FRAMES & SHADOW FRAMES

The old fashioned, or common way to frame baby casts was to use a box frame, sometimes called a shadow frame (because they’re dark and shadowy!)

A box frame can be made in two ways.

  1. it can be constructed by a lightweight box, sometimes made out of thin ply, pine or cardboard, with a frame stuck to the front of the box. 
  2. Or it is constructed using a broader frame, instead of this being front-facing it’s used to construct ‘a box’ deep enough to put the casts into. 

Both then have casts attached to the backing mount (cardboard) with a single sheet of untempered (not safety) glass fitted to the front, supported by a few millimeters of frame rebate. 

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“Box frames are safer for your baby casts”

You may have been told, “Box frames are safer for your baby casts”. I recently had a customer tell me they’d been told this. Oh, dear.

Safer than what?

What dangers are your baby casts going to face hanging on the wall of your home?

Personally I don’t think my living room is a high-risk area in terms of safety. I don’t feel the need to wear a high visibility vest, I don’t ask guests to wear safety helmets. I generally don’t feel the need to carry out a risk assessment before precariously making my way through to the kitchen! 

If by safer you mean it’s hidden in a dark, shadowy box behind a reflective sheet of untempered glass...then yes...your casts are safe - safely hidden! #rolls eyes

Obviously accidents can happen. Something might fall or be thrown and hit your casts. Just as any ornament or fragile item in your home there’s always the risk of breakage. 

I don’t know about you, but if I was in a dangerous situation - would a 2mm sheet of untoughened glass be your first choice to provide you with safety??? hmmm

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Shards of annealed broken glass

BROKEN GLASS

If annealed glass breaks, it tends to break into longer, jagged, unpredictable and dangerous shards  — as opposed to tempered safety glass which shatters into small chunks and pieces.

If you imagine the difference between smashing a drinking glass, and how a car windscreen breaks.

Frames will usually have the cheaper, annealed glass.

Tempered safety glass breaks into small nuggets
Tempered safety glass breaks into small nuggets

What happens if the annealed glass (which is in front of your baby casts)  is broken on your box/shadow frame?

Where will that smashed, flying glass go? Well, the shards either smash back cutting into your precious baby casts with shards of glass, possibly with force. The broken glass will cause more damage to your casts than whatever broke the glass in the first place. As well as smashing back towards your baby casts it can potentially fall out the unsupported frame and injure those nearby. 

That box frame isn’t sounding so safe now, is it? 

Other reasons I prefer not to use box frames -

  1. Box frames are dark and shadowy, they hide the contents.
  2. Box frame contents are only fully visible when you stand directly in front. Who wants to look at the side of a box? 
  3. Box frames hide a LOT of imperfections and poor workmanship. I have nothing to hide 🙂 
  4. annealed glass is not non-reflective. Do you want to see reflections or all the beautifully handcrafted details of your baby’s casts? * nonreflective glass is available.
  5. Baby casts are as tactile as babies themselves! You should touch them, hold them, feel them and enjoy them. Not hide them in a dark shadowy box. 
  6. Box frames are common and (in my opinion) boring. Most are purchased from mass produced makers or made to a standardised format. They have no individuality in design and can be easily copied and replicated. They all just look the same.

 

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OPEN FRAMES/FRAMING BABY CASTS ON TOP OF GLASS

This style uses a more traditional design of frame - the backboard, mounts, display etc is all held within the frame rebate, but the casts are mounted in front of the glass. 

When a suitable frame is created and casts are mounted on top of glass properly, you can admire, touch, feel, enjoy and clearly see your baby casts. They are not at any more risk of damage - in fact, in my opinion, they are less likely to be damaged. In my 16 years of lifecasting I can count on one hand the number of issues that have arisen. And not one of those was made worse by the choice of an open frame.

Why I promote open frames for Impressive Memories:

Back in 2003 when I first started lifecasting I experimented with a lot of new ideas and one of those was to frame the casts in front of the glass instead of behind. I hadn’t seen this being done by anyone. 

My reasons for preferring open frames:

  1. I love that casts are so tactile. I want to touch them, feel those little wrinkles, remembering the tiniest of details.
  2. I don’t have bad workmanship to hide behind reflective glass.
  3. They’re bright & visible to display
  4. Uninterrupted views of your baby casts from any angle. 
  5. No shadows. 
  6. No blocked views. 
  7. Risk of cast breakage is lower.
  8. Risk of dangerous glass falling is minimal.

Of course any frame with glass can be broken, but if the glass is fitted in a ‘standard frame’ where the glass sits against the mount and backboard, the glass is more supported. Of course it can still break, but the likelihood of the glass actually falling or flying out in shards is vastly reduced. The breakage is likely held within the backing of the frame and the impact might have missed your casts altogether...but if something did directly hit your baby casts it might break, but they have encountered impact from only one source, not the double impact of shattering glass also hitting them. The damage would be far more localised too.

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IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT THE FRAME...

It’s important to remember that although we’re discussing frame options, the robustness of your casts themselves is just as important as any frame. No frame will protect poorly made casts, created in a cheap or wrongly mixed stone material that haven’t been dried, sealed or created properly. 

All casts created at Impressive Memories are made from very high density stone which is far more robust than a sheet of annealed glass. Of course they aren’t unbreakable, but in the event of damage occurring I know my materials should break cleanly, not crumble, and I can repair 99.99% of damage invisibly if it ever does happen. 

Some lifecasters choose to use much cheaper and softer stone powders which do not have appropriate strength or longevity.

Frame mouldings can be made from many different materials too. This plays an important part in the strength, longevity and suitability. At Impressive Memories my luxury frame range are hand made for me, from a recycled, environmentally friendly material.  

If I want a box frame does that mean I can’t come to Impressive Memories?

Not at all. I have created several works in box frames over the years, but I’ve never bought from a mass-produced off the shelf company. I have mine hand made for me, reflecting my own style, design, and brand. If you would like your casts framed in box frames, just let me know and we can do that. What I won’t do is copy another life caster's unique style. If it’s a standard generic look that’s no problem. But why would anyone ever want to be standard or generic? 

CONCLUSION

Choose how you frame your baby life casts in a way that you love. Enjoy them, treasure them, touch, hold and let them remind you of how impressively unique and beautiful your baby was - remember how tiny and perfect they were - in all their wriggly glory! Safe in the knowledge that the moment has been immortalised. 

If you like things hidden in glass boxes...visit a museum!!

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Baby Lifecasting Part 1

Baby Lifecasting Part 1

Baby Lifecasting: Part 1

Becoming a parent is such a life-changing experience, isn't it?

Watching your baby reach their next baby milestone is always super impressive, but leaving behind all those first memories of tiny wrinkles and scrunched up toes is equally hard.

For me, lifecasting meant I could capture my daughter's memories and physically hold, touch and feel them forever. Letting me move on and enjoy her growing up.

Photographs are great but they are flat...you can't run your finger over a photo and feel those wrinkles, can you?

Pictures are usually stuck inside your phone - if you ever get around to having any of them printed then they tend to live in a dusty drawer. Hidden away - when you want the world to see how proud you are of your amazing new addition!

You want the world to see your amazing baby in all their glory!!

These moments are too Impressive to fade to a memory...you need to capture them NOW!!

Lifecasting means you CAN capture YOUR baby's memories...you can adore these precious early moments while showing the world how incredible your baby is. You can touch, feel and remember the moment - forever.

Lifecasting is great fun! It lets you touch, hold and feel every line and wrinkle of your baby. It captures those tiny fingernails and scrunched up toes. Letting you remember just how little they were.

Baby hand and foot casting have become increasingly popular...BUT...if you want a piece of high-quality work that will last, then I believe you should let an experienced life caster create these for you.

 

an example of poor quality lifecasting compared to top quality lifecasting

Which memory would you rather have? Right or Left?

Before we go any further - icky moment alert - let's just be clear:

  1. There is no such thing as 'A QUALIFIED Lifecaster'. There are skilled & experienced ones, and there are people who think it's ok to replicate (copy) others.
    Are you happy that your baby only has an imitated copy of a generic baby cast? Or do you want to create something unique & original?
  2. There are some who opt for the quick and easy route to learning. Maybe they booked a few demonstrations/lessons and come home with a 'certificate'. Or maybe they learned from Youtube - cringe.
    Are you happy to let your baby be in the hands of a newbie?
  3. Finished casts may look similar, to begin with, but over time - it can be a very different matter.
    How will you feel if your casts crumble to dust in a few years? It happens!
  4. Price is not a guarantee of quality.
    Sadly, those who copy and create poor replica casts also copy costs. They use cheap materials & charge big prices. Sadly, in time you will pay financially AND emotionally.
  5. Don't fall victim at the hands of an inexperienced lifecaster (or worse still a DIY kit!) who might be using low budget materials that crumble, or someone who cuts corners to speed up the process - meaning you end up with mouldy casts in a few months.
    How will you cope if your baby's sweet little toes start growing black, furry mould?

YUCK...that is NOT the memory you want left with! Imagine the heartache you'd feel?

If the 5 statements above don't worry you too much, then Impressive Memories is not a good fit for you.
I believe that YOUR baby deserves THE very best of everything.
  • No imitations.
    All my work is designed and created by me, for my business. All of my designs, frames & branding are unique and bespoke. Please don't be offended if I won't recreate a design you have had made elsewhere. I will not copy. I equally expect other lifecasters to respect my design rights and not replicate (copy) my work in any way either. Sadly some have less integrity and do so - but that says more about them than it does about me!!
  • No substitutions.
    I don't use budget-priced materials - I use the finest the industry produces, selected to suit the needs of YOUR baby. You won't see any cheap, pink chromatic alginates here!! These are fine for beginners but just aren't superior enough for the results I want to create for you.
  • No short cuts.
    You waited 9 months for your baby...you can wait a few weeks for a lifecast right? Rushing a lifecast is pointless - it will need about 4 - 5 weeks minimum. If you're offered a quicker turn-around time then you have paid for cheap plasters/stone that dry quicker, have been 'encouraged' to dry quicker by heating them (this breaks the chemical structures of the plaster and weakens it) or the outside felt dry and was painted too soon, trapping in air and making your casts rot from the inside out. Hmmm nice...

Impressive Memories is NOT right for you if:

  • The 5 statements above didn't worry you too much.
  • If you're OK paying high prices for lower quality, run-of-the-mill lifecasting.
  • You think that copying other artists' designs is fine - there's no need to be unique.
  • You quite like mould!!

PHEW! Glad that's out the way...let's get back to Baby Lifecasting...

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baby lifecasting answers for new parents in Fife, Glenrothes, Kirkcaldy, Edinburgh, Lothians, Dundee, Perth.
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What is Baby Lifecasting?

Lifecasting is where I recreate an exact replica of your baby's hand or foot. Capturing the tiniest of details letting you hold onto a memory to last a lifetime.

Taking the cast involves dipping your baby’s hand or foot into a liquid gloop. I’ll help you and baby get into a comfy position, and once their hand or foot is submerged it only takes about 3 minutes to set.

Don’t worry – wriggling is not a problem!

As the gloop sets the mould turns to a soft, spongy consistency that will come away from baby leaving them virtually clean and me with an impressive impression of their hands and feet.

I will be 99% sure whether your mould has been successful at this stage and I usually only need to take the impression once. (Occasionally I might have an issue after you’ve left, and I may need to call you back another day, but this is extremely rare. It's happened once in 16 years!)

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How are baby lifecasts created?

For every cast you would like made I need to take an impression. The mould cannot be reused.

Although I can create duplicates of your casts, I prefer to take a separate cast for each mould you’d like created – each cast is then as unique as your baby.

For hands, I occasionally take extra moulds to ensure you get the best results.

Most casting appointments last about 45 minutes to an hour for a set of three or four casts.

If your baby needs to feed or take a break, that's no problem...the appointment focuses on keeping them happy, relaxed and content.

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Baby Hand & Foot Casting

Baby Hand & Foot Casting

Are you thinking about Creating Baby Hand & Foot Castings?

Baby Lifecasting

Having a new baby arrive in the family is a moment worth celebrating. Let's face it - who doesn't adore newborn babies? Those tiny little hands and feet, oozing with adorable cuteness.

Every day is a new adventure watching them grow, change and become their own little person. Before you know it those changes have happened and that tiny bundle you brought home is growing - far too quickly!

They don't stay little for long, do they?

Much as you adore all the new developments you can't help but feel a twinge of sadness knowing they will never be that small again. Those wrinkles will fill out into chubby little hands and feet.

What if you could capture the moment? Exactly as it is right now...and be able to touch it, hold it, remember how little they were. See and feel those wrinkly toes and scrunched up fingers - forever!

Baby hand and foot castings can do that for you and at Impressive Memories you are safe in the hands of an experienced specialist. Within a multi-award-winning business, in a warm and cosy studio based in Glenrothes, Fife. Within easy access of Dundee, Perth, all of Fife, Edinburgh & the Lothians.

If your baby is Impressive, don't compromise. They deserve the best - don't risk your Memories.

 

What is baby lifecasting?

Baby lifecasting is a technique that, by submerging your baby's hands and feet in a special moulding compound called alginate, you can recreate in great detail an exact replica of your baby. A competent life caster will capture the smallest of detail.

When you pay a life caster to cast your baby you should be investing in a high-quality product, with longevity & skillful results.

But before we go any further...let's talk about the elephant in the room.

Which life casts would you choose?

an example of poor quality lifecasting compared to top quality lifecastingNot all people claiming to be able to create baby lifecasts - can!! Baby lifecasting is an art. Sadly there has been an influx of 'wannabe' copiers who think that creating a low-quality product is acceptable. It's not. Worse still they are expecting to be paid for this too!! Not only do they copy the original artist, but they also copy the prices too.

Don't pay (emotionally or financially) for poor workmanship.

Do you want to create a work of art with your baby? Or are you happy to pay for a replica that has copied a genuine artist?

Just to clarify - the image on the right is an Impressive Memories baby cast. The image on the left is not.

 

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BABY LIFECASTING

What's Inside the free Ebook?

  • What is Baby Lifecasting?
  • Is it safe?
  • How's it done?
  • What if they wriggle?
  • What frame options are there?
  • What happens on the day?
  • How much does it cost?
  • Can I split the costs?

Reframing Baby Hand & Foot Casts

Reframing Baby Hand & Foot Casts

Can I have my baby lifecasts reframed?

When you have casts taken and you choose a frame, it doesn’t have to stay like that forever.

  • Maybe you’ve moved house
  • Your decor has changed
  • You just fancy a change
  • Have you had a new baby and would like to update your original casts to match your new addition? No problem at all.

Another reason for reframing might be because your original frame has been damaged, or the glass may have got broken – accidents happen. (If your casts also get damaged I can help repair these too…scroll down for more information)

Luxury Reframing

These frames are handmade to order, they are of a superior quality material, and the finish sets off your very impressive casts perfectly.

Built to last.

You can choose from – Oak effect, Silver, Black & White. Each option can come in a Single £30, Double £39 or Triple Aperture £49.

Luxury Single Aperture Reframing £30

Luxury Oak Effect

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Luxury Black Finish

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Luxury Silver Finish

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Luxury White Finish

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Upgrading or reframing to a luxury single aperture frame?

Choose from:

  • Single Silver
  • Single Oak Effect
  • Single White
  • Single Black

You might be wondering?

Q -Do I have to have the same size as the original frame?

A – No – you’re welcome to change the original layout to whatever you now want.

Q – Can my casts be repainted?

A – Possibly, but I wouldn’t advise this. Chat to me about this.

Q – Can I supply my own frame?

A – No sorry. Not all frames and glass are suitable.

Q – I’d like something different, can you help?

A – Happy to have a chat and see if I can help.

Luxury Double Aperture Reframing £39

Upgrading or reframing to a luxury double aperture frame?

Choose from:

  • Double Silver
  • Double Oak Effect
  • Double White
  • Double Black

Silver

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Oak Effect

White

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Luxury Triple Aperture Reframing £49

Upgrading or reframing to a luxury triple aperture frame?

Choose from:

  • Triple Silver
  • Triple Oak Effect
  • Triple White
  • Triple Black

HELP!! MY CASTS ARE DAMAGED...

Oh Dear!! Accidents can happen…

If your casts become damaged I can usually fix it. PLEASE DON’T PANIC…

If any part is broken or chipped off, keep it safe.  Make a booking with me and return your casts to me and I will do what I can to repair them.  Depending on the amount of work & time involved will determine what charge there is.  Please do not attempt to fix them yourself as this can often result in making it more difficult for me to then properly fix.  Ask first…send me photos…I’m happy to advise and help.

If broken glass is involved please remove the casts from any broken glass before bringing them to me.  Talk to me before you attempt to do this.

Hope that Helps

There are loads of options for you to choose from when it comes to reframing your casts, whether through choice or necessity…I’m happy to create any of the options you see here or equally happy to discuss something unique just for you.

Use the buttons below to contact me directly, find more answers or head back to my home page.

Look forward to speaking to you again soon, have an impressive day!

Jen x