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<p>I'm wondering if anyone has done belly casting?  Any brand you recommend?  Were you glad you did it?  How did it turn out?  Any advice or recommendations?  <span><img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="width:16px;height:16px;"></span></p>
 

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<p>We did one when I was pregnant with DD2.  It was really fun!  We just bought rolls of the stuff they use to make plaster casts from the medical supply store.  Grease your skin really well with petroleum jelly beforehand, and take it from me and wear underpants, or sensitive hairs may get caught in sticky places. </p>
 

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<p>I did the proud body brand cast. I really enjoyed it. Looks awesome.</p>
<p>Advice,</p>
<p>1. Consider having a friend or partner to it. It really helps.</p>
<p>2. Consider doing the cast while standing up. If you're sitting down, well my belly sits on my legs, and when I lay down my breasts move into my armpits abit. :)</p>
<p>3. And about breasts, if you're very well endowed using smaller casting strips will help you shape around that area. And help your well-meaning husband understand that the cast will be impossible to remove if you put any casting strips *under* your breasts. He was convinced this would be a good idea. </p>
<p>4. Use lots of salve or vasaline. It's such a bummer to have your cast get stuck. </p>
 

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Been looking ito this this week, I have done quite a few life cast in the past, never preggo of course but for other art things.<br>
I'm a way bigger fan of those that you do a second cast of to have the positive again if that makes any sense. To me the o e that use the plaster strips just kinda seem like a mummy. Though they can be made better by making them thin and working them over with your hands a lot to smooth the plaster out and get rid of a lot of the texture, then making sure you dontvtake it off till it is very dry so it is the most rigid and then lastly doing a few extra layers to the back side of it (after super cleaning off the vasiline)that way it will be thick enough and not droop when displayed.<br><br>
I have seen a kit that is a single smooth sheet of some cloth and is designed to be draped over you and in the end looks sort of like some greacian clothing sculpture, that seems nice. I have been thinking about just getting the parts and a nice large piece of reapply drapey cloth and doing something that will make good wall art.<br><br>
The advice to stand is a good one though it is tireing, when we did cast we often had folks lean back slightly on a recliened board, like a door taken off it's hinges and very securely propped up. That way they could get help with some of the weight but were not distorted.<br><br>
If you want to get some ideas of what is out there not just for preggos, google "life casting"
 

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<p>I don't know what brand we used.  They sell it at Babies R Us and places like that though, it is the only one I've ever seen outside of the internet.  It wasn't that expensive maybe $15? I loved it.  We did it with DS1 so it is 3.5 years old now and still looks awesome.  I want to do  one this pregnancy too.  It was fun, and strangely relaxing.</p>
 

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<p>You don't have to spend the money on an official "kit". I bought the casting stuff at an art supply store. I bought 2 rolls of it for $5 each plus some vaseline. It definitely helps to pre-cut the strips and have a helper handy. I've done it twice now and will do the 3rd one next week sometime. The last time my bigger kids helped (then 6&3) and it was super fun.</p>
 
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