It's understandable and natural for you to have lots of questions about the materials used and the casting process itself. The FAQs below will help to answer many of those questions, but please feel free to contact us any time for more information.
Will it hurt my baby?
Absolutely not! The mould making techniques used both by us and other baby-casting companies are tried and tested techniques used by artists, film special-FX professionals and make-up artists all over the world. We wouldn't do it if there was any chance of this happening.
What do you use then?
We use natural earth based clay for the Natural Style Castings and professional grade alginate for the 3D Metallic Style.
Alginate? What's that?
Alginate is another natural product (think seaweed). Dentists use alginate to take impressions of your teeth, therefore this has to be a safe and quick setting product. In fact, our material is a better grade than dental alginate as dental alginate uses cold water in order for it to set. Because our alginate is for body-casting, we use warm water, which makes for a more pleasant experience for everyone concerned.
How long does it take?
The Natural Style mould is made with clay, so it is as quick as making a hand or foot print into the clay.
The 3D Metallic Style mould takes about 40/60 seconds to set, then slips off like a glove or wellington boot.
Is it messy?
Not usually - but we won't lie to you, there is potential. We have floor coverings and table cloths, it's easy to clean up with a baby wipe and there will be no lasting marks on the skin. However, we do recommend that you dress your little one in something that you consider playclothes and not their best Christening gown.
What if they wriggle?
No problem! If we are making the Natural Style Cast, then we can use the clay over and over until we get a print that we're both happy with. If we're making the 3D style mould with alginate, then we can control the mould at all times whilst it's setting. In fact, for this style - the more they wriggle the better, as it gets mould material right down between the creases of their hands and feet which leads to a more interesting cast.
So it really is quite safe then?
It really is - and fun too. You'll always remember the day you had the moulds taken - that's half the experience. The other half is proudly putting them on display afterwards.
Where is Chataways Tea Room?
Chataways Tea Room, The Barns, Hewell Lane, Tardebigge, Worcestershire, B60 1LP.
What am I waiting for?
Who knows? I'd be clicking this link to book in straight away!