Create a life-long keepsake of your pregnancy with a sculpted body cast!
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Estelle Matthews: Well, after women give birth, many of them can’t wait to get back to their pre-pregnancy shape, but for those women who love their pregnant bodies, there is now the perfect opportunity to capture their unique shapes forever. Everlasting Castings is a company specializing in plastic casting pregnant women’s baby bumps. Well, I’m joined in the studio now by Tammy Peters from the company. Alongside her is a model Francis Kinloch who is 38 weeks pregnant and is here to have her belly cast. Well Francis, are you looking forward to this experience? Francis Kinloch: Yeah, I am game, I am game. I've been taking photos all the way through. So this is the ultimate at the end. Estelle Matthews: Do you know much about it? Francis Kinloch: I do, I do. I’ve done a little research online, so but Tammy was explaining a little bit, it sounds really interesting. Estelle Matthews: So as you’re sitting next to the expert, Tammy do tell us how on earth did you first come up with this idea? Tammy Peters: Oh! That came up when I was pregnant with my first child Lucas five years ago. Basically, I was quite big. I put on quite a lot of weight, three a half stone and my bump was huge and so I thought I’d like to capture it in a different way that you can’t really get from a photograph or a video. So I’ve got an artist friend and she had done some plastic cast work with faces. So I thought she must be able to do my belly. So I asked her to do it and we managed it in my bathroom at home. Estelle Matthews: Then did the idea of the business hatch from there? Tammy Peters: Well, what happened was I had quite a few friends, they got pregnant and they wanted ti done as well. And so I did it for them and it was a bit like a hobby to begin with and then a kind of grew and so it turned into business. Estelle Matthews: Now I’m sure everyone is desperate to see what they are really like. So here are some of the belly casts and you don’t just have to just have a straight forward belly cast, you’ve have made all sorts of, there is a football there or a light. Talk you through your inspirations. Tammy Peters: Well some people just like to have their belly done. They don’t particularly wants to show their boobs anyway. So I came up with the way of doing the belly and then turning into an object that they can use. Other people just like to have their full torsos done and they decorate it and hang it on the walls of the nursery. Estelle Matthews: So what’s the most bizarre request you’ve had for a belly cast? Tammy Peters: Well actually, when the European Football competition was on, I had one who liked it painted like a football. So it’s just a big football with green and a goal post -- Estelle Matthews: Now we will be seeing a demonstration in a while with Francis, but just talk us through what are the requirements? What you need to do if you want to have one of these done and how much does it cost, where do you have to go, give some idea? Tammy Peters: Right. Well, I’ve got the website which is www.everlastingcastings.co.uk. You can order one online or you can come to the studio and can just have. Basically, they’re 35 pounds if you want to buy the kit and all you need to do is to have a nice big belly, like 37 weeks is about the best time to do it and then you just smooth yourself with Vaseline all over where you’re going to cast. And then the process just involves layering a plaster bandage which, you just deep into warm water, and you need someone to help you do it. So it’s good for your partner to get involved or maybe your friend and you just lay the strips on and after a short while the whole cast will harden and then you can pull it off. This is very easy to do. Estelle Matthews: It does sound a bit messy. You showed the DIY option is a good thing. Tammy Peters: Well in the kit, I include plastic sheets that's tucked into your knickers or trousers and nice 6 foot X 6 foot or 2 meter X 2 meter plastic sheet for the floor. So unless everybod