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Topic: baby hand & footprint cast and framed - *soo cute*  (Read 4575 times)
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« on: December 29, 2004 05:07:02 PM »

Finishing up my stay here at my nanny position – awwww (hehe!)

So thought I would give a little gift as a memento, hand and foot cast of the baby in a frame. Casting kits I looked at were really expensive!! So I thought I’d wing it and improvise Smiley

I picked up the frames at a cheap store, and turned them into shadowboxes by pinning the glass and the shadow board where they were by pushing thumbtacks into the inside corners at the front. Then I pressed four more in further to the back so there was some depth given to the frame. And the back sat further… well.. Back!

Anyway to cast her little foot/handprints I made some regular play dough and she pressed her hand and foot into it… took quite a while before we got an impression that was good enough to use!

I just used cheapo plaster of Paris to do the casting. The footprint was deep enough to fill in with plaster on its own. But I was afraid little fingers would snap off the hand if there wasn’t support so I made a square frame out of cardboard and pressed it in around the hand print before I poured the plaster.

When the casts were dry I carved some more detail into them, shaping up the fingers and toes where they had got all smooshed and fat. Painted them with grey acrylic paints then rubbed over the top with white so that the cracks etc would show up a bit better. Glued black card onto the inside of the frame backing and attached them with a couple of plaques I had made at the local trophy store and whoila!!

They look much better in person and its lovely to have a 3d little hand and foot in a frame instead of the print – looks sooo cute!!

I’m getting a good reference on my resume now!!
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« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2005 04:16:06 AM »


How nice!
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« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2005 03:59:14 PM »

That's really neat! A great, creative way to do this!! awesome job, i like the impression with play doh. hehe.  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2005 04:06:54 PM »

 It looks like it was professionally done. I think I will try this with my 2 yr old. Thanks for the really great idea.

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« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2005 09:18:34 PM »

Those are beautiful!  I love this! I bet her paretn's were proud to hang those up!   I want to do all three of my boy's hands and feet while they are still little, but the kits that are in stores are so expensive!  Thanks for the idea! 

« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2005 06:04:08 AM »

very impressive work ^___^..  i would like to have my footprint too.. oopz  Grin
« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2005 06:55:35 AM »

This is such a wonderful idea, and so well displayed!  It would make great gifts for grandparents also!   Cheesy
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