What is Life Casting?
Body or Life Casting is the process of creating a three-dimensional copy of a living human body, through the use of molding and casting techniques. The most common lifecasts are of torsoes, pregnant bellies, hands and faces, and it is possible to copy any part of the body. Lifecasting is usually limited to a section of the body at a time, but full-body lifecasts are achievable too. Compared with other three-dimensional representations of humans, the standout feature of lifecasts are their high level of realism and detail. Lifecasts can replicate details as small as fingerprints and pores.
Material we use
Body Casting can be performed in many ways with a number of materials used to make molds. The most common material used is Alginate, derived from sea weed and used by dentists to take teeth molds. Alginate powder is mixed with water and sets like a soft rubber. Alginate can reproduce very fine detail such as fingerprints. However, an alginate moud has very little strength and usually needs a support such as a plastic container, or a plaster jacket. Alginate also has a limited life and the moud will start to harden and crack after a day or so. Often the alginate mold is destroyed when removing the cast.
Other materials we can use are plaster bandages (not as good at reproducing detail, but cheaper), and skin safe silicon (more expensive, but can be used to make a number of casts from the same mold.
Body Casting is an art not a science and as such some imperfections will exist in the final pieces. Experience and care is used to create the best quality cast for you and most imperfections can be fixed with skilled finishing.
Here some examples:
The price depends of the material we use (for the mold: plaster bandages, alginate or silicon - for the cast: plaster, resin, silicon...), the size of the life cast (which body part, torso, full body..) and on the finishing you want (varnishing, one color, metallic, texture or a specific design). We can only give you exact prices after a little chat, as the possibilities are huge.
Feel free to contact us for more information.