A belly cast is a mold of a pregnant woman’s belly made of plaster. If you would like to know how to make a homemade belly cast read on to find out.
Learning how to make a homemade belly cast isn’t all that difficult. First of all you will need to make sure that you have the proper supplies. Having an assistant is advisable, for floor and seat coverings you can use a drop cloth, a shower curtain, and/or a plastic table cloth.
You will need a towel to cover the pubic area, or wear old pants, petroleum jelly or a similar lubricant, a pan of warm water, and plaster gauze strips that have been cut to between six and twelve inches. Your local craft store should carry these and you will probably need around five packs or so.
After gathering all of the supplies for the homemade belly cast, cover the floor of the work area with your choice of covering. You will want to remove any jewelry you may be wearing and bare your body to the pubic area, which you will want to cover with the towel or wear a pair of old pants.
Make sure that you are sitting comfortably because the whole process can take about an hour or longer. Apply the lubricant to the area/s you want the gauze strips to cover. Next, your helper should immerse a gauze strip in the water, and while still holding onto it and holding it straight, remove any excess water by running their fingers down the strip.
When you make the homemade belly cast, the assistant should begin at the top of the area you want included in the mold, and smooth the strips over the skin in overlapping layers, which add strength to the mold. Make sure your assistant chooses appropriate lengths for each area and works very quickly because the plaster will dry fast.
The belly cast should set for about half an hour to dry completely. Afterwards have your assistant gently wiggle the cast off of your form and then let it dry further over the next twenty-four to forty-eight hours.
When the homemade belly cast is ready you can leave it like it is or decorate it with different things like paint, mosaic tiles, stickers, etc. It’s up to you to personalize it any way you wish. You can hang it on the wall, place it on a table, or show-case it as a main focal point in the baby’s room. Now that you know how to make a homemade belly cast what are you waiting for?