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Q&A

What is lifecasting?
Lifecasting is the process of creating a three-dimensional copy of the human body, through the use of molding and casting techniques. The most common lifecasts are of torsoes, pregnant bellies, hands, faces, and genitalia and it is possible for an experienced lifecasting practitioner to copy any part of the body. Lifecasting is usually limited to a section of the body at a time, but full-body lifecasts are achievable too. Compared with other three-dimensional representations of humans, the standout feature of lifecasts is their high level of realism and detail. Lifecasts can replicate details as small as fingerprints and pores.

Process
There are a variety of lifecasting techniques which differ to some degree; the following steps illustrate a general and simplified outline of the process:

  1. Model preparation. An oily substance such as cholesterol is applied to the skin and/or hair of the model to help prevent the mold adhering to their skin and hair. If the lifecast is to include the face or head, a rubber swimming cap may be worn to prevent the mold from adhering to the head hair.
  2. Model pose. The model takes the desired stationary pose, and must remain in this pose until the mold is removed from the body. Supports to help the model are carefully designed.
  3. Mold application. Mold material is applied to the surface of the model's body. The mold material is usually applied as a thick liquid that takes the shape of the body. Body parts may also be dunked into containers of mold media (except plaster).
  4. Mold curing and reinforcement. The applied mold material cures to a more rigid and solid form. Sometimes more materials are added at this point to further strengthen and support the mold.
  5. Demold. Once the reinforced mold has attained the necessary strength it is carefully removed from the model's body.
  6. Mold reassembly and modification. If the mold was created in multiple parts the parts are now sometimes joined back together. The mold itself may be repaired, altered, or added to. Walls may be constructed to help contain the casting material, or further mold reinforcements added.
  7. Casting. A casting material is painted or poured into the mold, usually in liquid form, though deformable solids can be used as well. Artists commonly incorporate hanging hardware at this stage as well.
  8. Demold cast. Once the casting material has acquired the shape of the mold and cured fully, the cast is carefully removed from the mold. Molds may survive but often do not, resulting in one-of-a-kind, "one-out" works. Silicone molds will last for many castings. 
Application
Lifecasting allows creation of exact portraits and body reproduction, works which may have artistic and personal value. Lifecasting is regularly practiced in the special effects industry, where it is used in the creation of prosthetics, props, and animatronics, most commonly for film and television. Lifecasting also finds medical use in the creation and fitting of prostheses and dentures.

Where is the casting done?
We can create your casting in the comfort of your own own at a time that works best for you, preferably the kitchen where we have access to water and etc.

Or you can come to us. The casting can be done in our shop, be sure to contact us to set up an appointment.

What should I wear?
Old loose fitting washable clothes, just in case so as to not ruin any of your good clothes. The process is quite messy, but we work to contain the mess. We ask that you wear loose fitting clothing because tight fitting clothes I.e. waist bands belts and etc. will leave impression marks on your skin and will show up in the casting. Makeup is discouraged for face castings as the makeup will leave a residue in the casting.

How long will the session take?
We will discuss the session, rehearse the positioning, and discuss what it expected. Depending on the body part, the casting session usually takes 30 min to an hour, full body casting may take a little longer.

Is the molding material safe?
Yes. The material we use is a non-toxic, non-allergenic, and biodegradable compound made from seaweed. It is In fact, The same material used for most life casts is also used by dentists worldwide for making teeth impressions and is considered a food product.

When will my casting be ready?
Your casting made from casting stone is usually ready in 6-8 weeks, depending on the time of the year, the type of finish you have selected, and the type of base or frame to be used. Proper drying time is very important. Other casting materials can take 4 to 10 weeks, depending on the kind of casting. When necessary we may be able to rush the completion. Please schedule as early as possible for special occasions such as Weddings, Valentineís Day, Motherís Day, and Holidays. Up front we will discuss the delivery date and contact you when your casting is completed.

Can we order several castings from the same mold?
Yes! Let us know ahead of time so we can order a skin-safe tin free silicone.

I dropped my cast and it is broken. Can it be repaired?
Contact us and we will do our very best.

 

We've casted anything an everything from headed to toe, so feel free to discuss all of your ideas with us. The only limit is your imagination!!


 

 

 

 

 

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