How long does it take?
Typically less than an hour of your time is needed. I start by
explaining the whole procedure over coffee or tea so that you know
what to expect. We then take all the time we need to choose a pose.
The print itself takes about 20 minutes. You then have a shower to
clean alginate and plaster drips and you are free to go, or to stay on
and watch me cast the plaster if you wish. The finished plaster cast
itself will be dry a couple of days later. See here a step by
step description of the process.
Is this safe?
I use a dental grade alginate that dentists use to take tooth prints.
It is an organic compound made of seaweed and is perfectly skin safe. I also use medical grade
plaster bandages. These products have been used for the purpose of
body casting over many decades and are true and proven.
Where do you work?
You will need to come over to my workshop on Waiheke Island. Waiheke
is half an hour ferry ride from downtown Auckland. You probably need to set aside 2 to 3 hours altogether. Here is the
Fullers Waiheke Time table. I will drive you from and to the
On the day of your appointment, please do not wear any underwear or
tight clothing that may mark your skin. Such marks take a long
time to fade and would show in the final sculpture.
Can my husband or partner attend the session?
Absolutely. You can also bring a friend along. He or she is most welcome to come along and help decide on
a pose, help me with the job, film the procedure or simply watch. We
can even include his hands in the casting to beautiful, emotive
effect. (see below)
I cannot travel to Waiheke. Can you make my cast
at my place instead?
Yes. I can travel to your place. I normally work from my home in
private and tranquil settings on beautiful Waiheke island. My workshop
is installed in my garage and I have a warm and comfortable room where
we can work in privacy.
If you think
you would feel more comfortable in your own home, I can travel to your
place, even outside of Auckland. I will charge an extra call out fee
of $150 payable with the 25% deposit. ($200 outside of Auckland.)
How much details can be seen?
The alginate will convincingly capture every single details of your
skin texture, pores, follicles, folds, wrinkles, beauty spots, scars,
pimples, goose bumps,
cellulite etc... If you prefer, these details
or any imperfection can be sanded down for a smooth finish.
Can you cast someone entire face?
Yes. see and example below.
Read more about the
I am just visiting. Can you ship my casting to my place?
Yes, we can ship our sculptures anywhere in the world. See our
Pricing options .
Is the procedure painful or uncomfortable?
We will choose a pose that you can
comfortably keep for about 20 minutes. You do not have to be
particularly fit, most people find it very easy, pleasant even.
I try to make your modelling session a
fun and and rewarding
How long does
it take to cast a baby's hand?
The mold itself only takes 10 minutes or less and is
very confortable to the baby. The casting itself is ready a couple of
days later or less.
It seems easy enough. Can I do it myself ?
Absolutely. You would be
saving the cost of my time by doing it yourself. It is
certainly a fun week end project. Plus, for the shy sorts, it would
save you the embarrassment of disrobing in front of a near stranger.
If you buy my Body casting manual how-to
follow my simple instructions step by step you will make a beautiful
memento of her body.
You can also watch a
video of the whole body casting process...see
how quick and easy it is...
How to make a body casting?
This booklet tells everything one needs to
know to make a life size, highly realistic plaster sculpture of
someone's torso (or any other body part). A fun and affordable DIY
project. A beautiful, durable, sensuous and very personal artwork.
Can the finished cast be hung on the wall?
Castings can be either free standing or wall hanging or both.
Can I keep my underwear or swimwear on?
Yes, but they will show in the final casting. This can be done to a very
seductive effect. Lifecasting typically involves some nudity but do
not have to be revealing and can be modest and chaste.
I have body piercing, is this a problem?
Most body jewellery will cast without a problem.
Do I need to shave my body hairs?
No, hairs will painlessly glide out of the alginate mould.
bushy pubic hairs will not mold perfectly and will show some strange
results. It is prefreable that you are fully shaved or waxed
Ample bosoms? is this a problem?
Not at all... on the contrary, ample
bosoms and generous shapes will make a very seductive sculpture.
Will it hurt my baby if I am pregnant?
Absolutely not. It is no more
harmful for the baby that going for a swim ... Unborn babies sometimes
react to the change of temperature; mothers have reported that it is
very similar to what happen when they get into the sea or a swimming
Can you do different finishes?
Yes. I personally prefer the natural white colour of the casting material.
I sometimes simply apply a white shellac for a low shine eggshell
But it can be finished in any color, by either adding a pigment into
the casting material or by painting the sculpture.
A wooden effect finish can be effective on a life
It can be given imitation effects to match your home from marble
effect to faux-bronze. It is also possible to make it look like
sandstone by adding sand into the casting material...
Any paint or imitation effects adds to the cost and makes the piece
more vulnerable to marks and scratches.
can also leave the plaster as is, leaving it for you to add your
creative touch and decorate the casting yourself...
What material do you use for the casting and how
robust is it?
I normally use "Forton MG". This is a special casting gypsum mixed
with resin. Larger pieces are reinforced with fibreglass. It is solid and durable,
even outdoor, it will not chip or mark if knocked or banged against
also possible to have it
made in bronze
for a truly durable artwork. (see below)
An intimate gesture of tenderness and complicity
molded by Bodyscape and cast in bronze by SI Art Foundry Waiheke Island
Can you make multiple castings?
The initial alginate mould can only be used once. However, once I have
a plaster or Forton cast, I can make a second mould from it. This second mould
is made of silicon rubber and can then be used to make many duplicate
copies in a variety of materials. This secondary mold is also an archive from which duplicate castings can
be made should the original be damaged or lost. The price of this
secondary silicon rubber mold is the same as the first cast but castings made from it
can be as low as half price depending on the material used.
Do you do casting of men?
Yes. Pecs and Abs are always in demand...strong arms with bulging
muscles and bursting veins suggest strength and energy...
Do you do more intimate castings?
I think I know what you mean...
ask me for details or
visit this page.
I would really like to have it done but cannot
I sometimes have a requirement for models when working on specific
projects. Perhaps we could arrange to swap your modeling time for a free plaster cast...Contact
me to discuss.
You can also do this yourself by following our easy
set of casting instructions telling you how
to make your own body cast.
This seems a bit weird. Why would I want one ?
As you would imagine, people commission a lifecasting for a variety of
reasons. Read some examples
How does it look from the
This picture gives you an idea on how thin is a Forton MG casting. One had two handles attached so that it can be hung in different
Do you run workshops?
Yes, Please click to read
details on my workshops. In addition, body casting workshops and demonstrations can be organised for your
event in the Auckland area. Do you run sex counselling sessions,
lingerie or sex toys parties? we can add something different to
your event...Or get a few friends together and organise a casting
I can also offer life casting training courses and seminars.
But is this art?
Well….. It probably does not qualify as “fine art”. It is not made
off a noble material such as bronze or marble and does not require
decades of practice to master the craft. But in view of the kind of
obscure, mediocre and pretentious conceptual "art" that officialdom
promoting, a well made life casting is certainly a delightfully
attractive artwork. You will probably cherish it for what it is, a
beautiful representation of your body, elegant, personal, sensuous, visually
Like most artworks, the resale value is probably less than 10% of what you
paid for....unless, of course ,I ever become famous, in which case you will
be the privileged owner of an unique, original and very valuable
Duhamel.... (remember to ask me to sign the plaster... ) or if
you are celebrity, in which case your casting will be even more valuable.
Your friendly operator.
Are you not simply an old perv?
That is not entirely true as I am not that old after all....
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