Who does the casting?
As the body casting artist, Jamie will take all the body moulds himself. He also has several assistants, both male and female, who help as necessary.
What do you use?
We use a material called alginate. It is a seaweed based powder that when mixed with water sets into a rubber in about a minute.
How does it work?
We will apply the moulding materials to your body. It sets in about three minutes, over that we put a layer of plaster bandage. When this has hardened we remove the whole mould and make the cast from inside it.
How long does it take?
It takes between fifteen and thirty minutes for an average sized casting.
Does the plaster pull out any hair?
Not usually. We don't use plaster directly on the body and we also use a release agent to stop that happening as much as possible.
Does it hurt?
Not at all. Most people describe it as an unusual or interesting sensation, bordering on pleasant!
Is it safe?
Alginate is designed to be used inside the mouth by dentists and is completely skin safe.
Do I need to make an appointment?
Yes, you will need and appointment. Just phone or email the office and speak to Jamie or Lois (Jamie's PA) with what you are interested in and when you'd like to come in.
I have an idea for a cast but I don't see anything like it on your website.
Only about 5% of what we have done is currently on this site but there are many examples here in the studio and many photos of casts we can show you. We can cast pretty much anything you want, and in fact encourage our clients to get creative and involved in the artistic process as much as they would like to. Bring it on!
How do I pay?
Payment can be made by card, bank transfer or cash. We take £100 booking deposit in advance and then the balance of half the total when you come for the casting. The remaining balance we take on completion of your finished cast.
Can I bring my partner?
Of course. You can bring anyone along you like.
What should I wear?
Wear loose-fitting clothes appropriate for a workshop. Depending on what you're having cast don't wear a bra or knickers or anything with elastic on your way over, as they leave marks in the skin.
How long does it take to get a finished sculpture?
That depends on how busy we are and what you've had done. Most things take between four and eight weeks at the moment.