All kits contain 4 inch x 5yd bandages. Four bandages (Essential
is enough for the belly and breasts and 5 rolls (ProudBody Deluxe) is
enough for the breasts and the largest of bellies. The Luna Bean
Ultimate kit includes 6 rolls, which is enough for breasts, the
of bellies and either extra layers for durability, or for including
thighs and/or shoulders. Many people split the Luna Bean kit and make
2 breat/belly casts at different times in their pregnancy as there are
enough rolls, gloves and lubricant for two standard casts.
about quality? Both bandages shown measure
4in x 5yds. However, one clearly has much more plaster material, which
makes all the difference. All kits sold by Casting Keepsakes
supply the extra creamy, bright white rolls shown on the left side in
Belly Lubricant: Do not
attempt to create a belly cast without some sort of barrier between the
skin and the cast. The ProudBody Basic & Deluxe kits include a
1oz jar of an all natural Belly
Rub lubricant made with beeswax and cocoa butter. The Luna Bean
kit includes a 2oz jar of an all natural Belly Lube made with
unrefined African shea butter, vitamin E and light lavender essential
oil. The Essential kit, however, does not include a lubricant and you
will need to
supply your own. Many agree that
well as un-petroleum jelly) is the best alternative with Udderly SMooth
Udder Cream and vegetable shortening a close second and third. Be sure
to apply a very generous layer of whichever you use.
If you do not like the
idea of dealing with a messy lubricant, consider a plastic barrier:
specifically Glad Press 'N' Seal
plastic wrap. Members of our local mom group have experimented with
several options and agree that a plastic wrap is a great alternitive to a
lubricant. The tacky side of the Press N Seal
wrap gently clings to mom's skin. It then separates very easily, cleanly
and quickly from both mom's belly and from the back of the finished
cast. Without a doubt, clean up is much easier and quicker.
Plaster Casting Stone: For use while creating the belly
cast or to be applied after it has dried, the casting stone helps smooth
out and reinforce your belly cast.
Gloves: All gloves supplied with our kits are non-latex and
Sanding Screen: A carbide sanding screen is supplied
with all kits for smoothing out the cast once it has been created and
is fully dry. (Just be sure not to sand the underlying gauze).
Drop Cloth: A 9x12 foot disposable plastic drop cloth
is included with both of the ProudBody and the Luna Bean kits to protect the furniture and
floor in your belly casting area. For the Essential kit, old sheets,
newspaper, or plastic garbage bags can be used to protect your work
Baby-Safe Ink Pads: A black, pink or blue ink pad is a
free gift add-on with Luna Bean kit. Pink and blue pads are also
available for purchase. Once
your baby has arrived, you will have the ink pad available to add your
baby's prints to your belly cast.
Packaging: The ProudBody kits are supplied with a
colorful retail box. The Luna Bean kit is packaged by hand in a
kraft box with colorful tissue paper and ribbons (see photo) and many
consider it to be ready for gift giving, but additional gift wrap can be
included. The Essential kit does not have a retail box of any sort.
However, if the gift wrap option is selected, it will arrive in a white
gift box with ribbon.
What About Painting the Belly Cast: If you plan to
paint the cast, it is best to first apply an acrylic priming paint
(Gesso) to seal the cast (over just the bandages or over the
plaster casting stone)
and then paint and/or decorate as desired. Belly cast decorating kits
that include acrylic paints, brushes and many design photos are
available in our store and are 50% off option with the Luna Bean kit.
The easiest and most
popular way to display a belly cast is to hang it on a wall. Poke
a couple of holes using a screw driver or an electric drill and string
ribbon or picture hanging wire through it to be used for hanging the