Remember Your Body

Written by willbe in Art

Have you ever looked at a baby’s tiny hands and feet and marvelled at the sheer perfection in such a small package? Or looked at their small hand in your own and thought how beautiful it looks?

Perhaps you’re looking for that perfect keepsake for your engagement, wedding, or anniversary. Or maybe you’re wanting to capture the beauty of your blossoming pregnant body or chiselled torso.

Would you like to take the opportunity to capture these thoughts and to freeze time in the form of a three dimensional sculpture?

ArtForms can create an exact replica of your babies’ or children’s hands and feet, your hands entwined with your partners, your unique pregnant shape or the results of your hard work at the gym in the shape of your sculpted arms or chest. In fact virtually any part of your body can be reproduced and turned into an artwork to add individuality to your home decor and provide you with a lasting memory of a special time in your life.

This process is called Life Casting and uses a non-toxic product directly on your body to capture every tiny detail. This creates a mould which can be filled with hard setting Hydrocal plaster to make a beautiful and durable artwork.

Life casting

Life casting is the art of taking moulds directly from the human body for the purpose of creating a unique, original, and detailed sculpture. It is an ancient art form dating back to the Egyptians where body casts were made as a means of transport to the next world.

For the model, the process involves holding a pose for anywhere between 5 minutes (for a hand or foot casting) and 45 minutes (for a torso casting).

A seaweed derivative called Alginate is used to take the initial impression. Alginate is a fast setting non-toxic product used mainly by Dentists and is totally safe to use against any part of your body. This unique substance can reproduce every tiny detail of your body down to even the smallest wrinkle.

Hands and feet are generally submerged in a container holding the alginate. For larger pieces, the alginate is applied to the area to be cast and then covered with plaster gauze to form a supporting shell. Once the plaster dries, the alginate mould and the shell are removed together.

These moulds are then used to create your unique sculpture using a hard setting plaster – but can only be used once as they are destroyed in the removal process.

Finally, the artist smoothes out any imperfections and seals the final piece before preparing for display.

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