Who does the casting?
I take all the body moulds myself. I also have several assistants, both male and female, who help me as appropriate.
What do you use?
I 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?
I apply the moulding materials to your body. It sets in about three minutes, over that I put a layer if plaster bandage. When this has hardened I 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. I don't use plaster and I also use a release agent to stop that happening.
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 me 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.
I can cast pretty much anything you want, and I encourage my clients to get creative and involved in the artistic process. Bring it on!
How do I pay?
I don't take cards, so payment is by cash or cheque. I usually take half when you come for the casting, and the remainder on collection/delivery of the 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 I am and what you've had done. Most things take between four and six weeks at the moment.