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Is anyone here planning on doing a belly cast? I have never done one before, but I really really really really want to this time!
 

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I haven't done one before either, but REALLY badly want to do one this time.
 

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Are you thinking about getting a kit or just getting all of the materials locally yourself? I don't even know *what* materials you would use. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: I'm not exactly artistic. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I can't wait to do this! If anyone knows a cheap way to get the materials without a kit I would love to know too. My husband thinks it's very creepy for some reason but I told him too bad and he must help me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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When do you think is the best time? I know at 9 months I will look like an elephant, so Im thinking before that. My mother is coming to visit over labor day weekend, Im wondering if that will be too soon?<br>
Im obviously very pregnant, but I do still have my belly button. Maybe I should do one now and then another when the belly button disappears. :)
 

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I made one with my daughter six years ago. It has moved with us to three different states, and it rode across the country buckled in the passanger seat of a Uhaul with my father- in- law. It now lives in my bathroom.<br>
Here is a pic: <a href="http://share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=0Easm7Zu2bMXqw&notag=1" target="_blank">http://share.shutterfly.com/action/w...2bMXqw&notag=1</a><br><br>
I didn't use a kit I just got plaster strips from Michaels and then reinforced the weak spots with regular plaster.<br>
I made the cast a month before my daughter was born at her shower(after the older folks who didn't want to see me topless left).<br>
I want to make another one this time too. It is funny though cause I don't really have any great places to display the one I have. If only I had a mantle...sigh.
 

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So how do you do it? Without a kit I mean? We have a Michael's really closeby. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/notes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="notes">:
 

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my mw's assistant does them. since i'm not having a shower i think i may invite my mom, my two best friends, and have a little party with lots of food and do the belly cast and then maybe go get facials or something afterward.
 

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we just did a belly cast at a music/womyns festival. It was awesome (the belly cast AND the festival LOL). Anyways.... the woman running the workshop got plaster strips from a craft store (as opposed to a medical supply place). We smeared our bellies and boobs with vaseline (a good layer) and dipped each plaster strip in a bucket of water. Be forewarned, it's a chilly process! Make sure you smooth the strips and reinforce well! Do several layers of the plaster (my wife did mine.. I would recommend someone you're fully comfy with applying the plaster... it was an intimate process). We let the plaster dry which didn't take that long... about 10 minutes but we were outside in the sun. Indoors might take longer. The plaster will start to separate from your skin a little as it dries. We let our cast sit in the sun for a few hours before bringing it indoors. Oh.. and word to the wise. Vaseline is really hard to get off your skin. I recommend Dr. Bronners or Dish soap.
 

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I made my own belly cast with my dd, at about 37 weeks. But you can really do it anytime <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I am not in your ddc, but am kind of close<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
It was very easy, and much cheaper then buying a "kit".<br><br>
At our local craft store, I bought 3 rolls of plaster gauze (I think I bought Rigid Wrap brand). 3 rolls was more than enough. I also bought a tub of vaseline.<br><br>
I had my husband and mother help me, as they had to work quickly as it dries rather fast.<br><br>
Here are some pretty good directions:<br><a href="http://pregnancyandbaby.com/pregnancy/baby/Make-your-own-belly-cast-467.htm" target="_blank">http://pregnancyandbaby.com/pregnanc...y-cast-467.htm</a><br><br>
I did mine seated, without my hands in it. I put on lots of vaseline, as I was worried about hair getting caught in the plaster...the vaseline was very hard to get off, as pp mentioned! I took 3 showers and scrubbed really hard. This time, I might try using oil instead.<br><br>
Mainly, I wanted you to know that making your own cast is pretty easy, no need to be intimidated. I love looking at the one I made, then painted from my first pregnancy.<br><br>
I hope you have a great time making yours!
 
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