or body casting are all words used to describe the casting of moulds
made directly from the
human body using special body casting materials.
a compound called moulage, a heat reversible gelatine that sticks to
virtually nothing, was used to make the moulds. The problem was that it
needed to be applied hot and this has lead to the development of a
range of alginate body casting materials. These safely do the same job
importantly at body temperatures.
Castings are commonly made from hands, feet, busts and from full
It is quite practical and safe to make alginate castings from babies
feet due to the quick setting nature of the body casting materials and
non-toxic alginate used.
has developed MinitMold (an
alginate based product) to fill the needs of our alginate casting
is a dry white powder which when mixed with water yields a thick creamy
mix with a 3 to 8 minute working time. The normal mix is 1 part (by
volume) of MinitMold to 1
part of water. By using 2 parts or 3 parts of water the time may be
MinitMold is one
of the easiest to use body casting materials, is non-toxic and OK for
body and face casts. It yields excellent
reproduction of fine detail and has early strength so you can de-mould
quickly. This property is valuable when moulding baby’s hands.
not essential, a thin film of petroleum jelly can be applied to the
skin of your model to aid release.
For babies and children up to 2 years of age we recommend using 1 part
of MinitMold to 1
part of water. With this mix, the time required for immersing the
child’s hand can be reduced to 30 seconds. Use 2 parts of water to 1
part MinitMold if you
require a longer time frame.
Making a Mould with MinitMold
It is advisable to gain some experience with
the MinitMold range of body casting
going on to do a face mask or a full torso. An ideal subject is to make
a reproduction of your own or a child’s hand.
it involves selecting a container which could be a milk carton or
something similar, mixing the water and MinitMold,
pouring into the container and just before it sets immersing your hand
into the gel.
much as possible, keep the hand still while the mould is setting up.
When the mould is set, wiggle the hand gently from side to side to
break the suction and let air in around the hand.
the mould feels really tight it should be excellent. With a firm steady
motion, pull the mould off the hand. It will not hurt the baby or child
and the mould does not stick. Marvel at the detail you can see inside.
Making the Casting
mould can be used immediately for casting. Mix the plaster or
according to directions and pour into the mould. When set in about 20
to 30 minutes, remove from the mould, if necessary cutting away the
mould from the plaster with a stencil knife or similar.
is very rare that you can obtain more than one alginate casting from
After drying the plaster can be decorated to taste. A more lasting
casting can be obtained by using our StonePlast a hard Gypsum type
plaster that resists chipping.
available in 450gm, 900gm, and 1.8kg sizes.
Hand Making Kit contains
everything you need for producing the highest quality hand life
castings and comes complete with comprehensive instructions.