Pregnant Belly Masks
Pregnant Belly Mask casting now available at our studio!
Kits also available Basic: $22 Deluxe: $29
A wonderful momento for you to cherish!
What can I do with my Pregnant Belly Mask?
1. Embellish your mask to match your nursery
2. A centerpiece at your Baby Shower. Let your friends and family leave you a sweet note on your belly mask.
3. The perfect newborn photo shoot prop.
4. Have your cast made into a ceramic belly bowl
5. Save the mask and show your child where they were loved for 9 months!
When we make your Belly Mask for you in our Pregnancy Parlor, your cast will be wrapped with a ribbon to hold its shape, placed into a box and ready for you to bring home. In 24-48 hours you may then finish your belly mask. Let your creativity soar!
What is a Belly Bowl?
Belly Bowls are ceramic bowls made using the pregnant belly as a mold. They are durable and can be used for food or decoration. They make a beautiful keepsake and excellent gifts!
Your belly mask may be made into a bowl at a ceramics facility.
A pregnancy belly cast is created by applying several layers of wet plaster strips to the front of mom's body. After the strips have set, they will hold her shape and the belly cast will come away from Mommy's body and will capture how beautiful she looked during her pregnancy.
Belly casting parties are a fun way to spend time with some girlfriends and have them help you make your belly cast. If you make a mistake, go with it and enjoy that Whoopsie every time you look at your mask.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO CREATE YOUR BELLY CAST AT HOME, HERE ARE SOME BELLY MASK MAKING TIPS!
How to make a pregnancy belly cast including your hands and arms
A tip to make a really smooth cast is to dip your fingers in water after you apply a couple of overlapping layers of the plaster casting strips and rub your fingers over the layers to mix the plaster of parris together among the layers. Work fairly quickly as the plaster strips will begin to dry within a few minutes after you begin applying the plaster strips. After your pregnancy belly cast has completely dried, (24-48 hours) lightly sand it with the sanding screen included in our kit. If you still want an even smoother surface, apply 1-2 layers of Gesso (acrylic priming paint) and let dry according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Since pregnancy belly casting is typically done with the mom unclothed from below the belly up, a common question we get asked is "just how can my breasts have some support while I'm doing the casting?" There are a few different ways to give your breasts some support during the casting:
1. wear a strapless bra, but the fabric and seams will show through your cast, and then cover the bra with saran wrap to protect it, then apply the lubricant on top of the saran wrap; or
2. put a layer of Glad's Press N' Seal over mom's breasts.
How to include your thighs in the casting
To have your pregnancy belly cast look right, you will need to stand up when you get down to the bottom of the belly. The best casting position is in a reclining chair. Start the casting from the top and work your way down. When you get to the bottom of your belly, place a piece of saran wrap over your pubic area to keep the wet casting material from sticking to it. Slather the saran wrap with lubricant prior to placing it over your pubic area. You will need to hold the saran wrap in place while your helper places the first wet strip over the pubic area. Thereafter, the wet casting strips will hold the saran wrap in place.
Alternatively, you can wear a pair of panties. Try to wear a more delicate pair since the seams won't show as much. Then tuck the saran wrap into the seams to hold it in place and place our all-natural belly casting lubricant on the saran wrap.
Trimming the edges of your belly cast
Once your belly cast has dried, take a look at it to see if there are any thin areas that need reinforcement. If you have casting material left over, you can reinforce the cast where needed. Simply wet additional casting strips and place them on the inside of your belly cast where reinforcements are needed. DO NOT place the wet strips on the front of your cast.
"I put in a coaster over my belly button while doing the casting so that the bowl would be more stable when placed on a flat surface."
Getting a shiny finish on your finished belly cast
Deluxe Belly Mask Kits - $29