Made with love, and glue. LOTS of glue. True dat.
I had done belly casts when I was pregnant with both babies. I finally sat down and 'finished' them.
In all the picts, you will see Tehanu's cast first. She's almost two. The second cast in the set will be Kalessin's. He's 4 months old.
The casts were made of plaster strips, I bought a HUGE box of them at the art store (I've done some other casting.) I had more time with the first cast so it got a coating of plaster on the outside. I wish I would have taken the time to do that one the second one, the first one is MUCH sturdier.
Both of them were covered with fabric scraps. The were glued down with a rice glue I had kicking around here, and it worked really well. Each of the scraps have a little meaning from them (my wedding dress, the bathrobe I wore in both labors, my husbands bathrobe, a Halloween costume and a maternity shirt.) I used ribbon to cover the raw edges of the fabric. I actualy got much of the ribbon in a swap!
I originally was going to paint both the insides. I somehow thought that covering the insides with fabric would be easier than painting. WHAT WAS I THINKING?!?!? I did these casts next to my skin, so you can see details like nipples and belly button. I thought I should at least use fabric instead of paint on my sons cast (the second one) to cover up those details. I plan on giving the kids their casts, and the last thing I want is for one of his little friends to be like "DUDE!! Lemme see the inside of that belly cast again!!" But I went ahead and painted the daughters inside.
I LOVE how they turned out. And I love having them. I can pick them up and 'wear' them and be reminded of what it was like to carry that belly around! I totally recommend a belly cast to any pregnant woman! I rememebr when I first heard of them I thought it was silly, but now I think it's the greatest!
oh, and cookies if you know where my kids name's come from.....