Q: What should I wear to my session?
A: You should wear clothing that you would not mind getting messy, but we do provide aprons to help with protection.
Q: How long does a casting session take?
A: It varies depending on selected session usually no more than a hour.
Q: When can I pick my casting up completed?
A: It varies, we give two to three weeks for completion.
Q: What are the materials used for casting?
A: First the body part to be cast is covered in a light layer of vaseline or baby oil. Then it is covered in alginate, nontoxic and organic material.
Q: Is the casting material safe on my skin?
A: Yes it is, the material used to cast is a non toxic, hypoallergenic, biodegradable product called alginate. This product is commonly used by dentists to take dental impressions.
Q: How long does it take to mold?
A: The times can vary, depending on what you are having molded, typically casting time is between 10 minutes for a hand to 35 mins for a family of hands. There is approximately 5 minutes either side of your casting for set up and clean up. At the end of the casting your negative mold is taken to create your cast in a product of your choice.
Q: How is the process done?
A: The casting process is a fun and interactive experience. First of all, you would choose a position for the part you are having cast. In the example of a hand, we lightly cover the hand in baby oil, and then place your hand into the alginate for 2-3 mins, and then once the material has set around your hand, you gently pull your hand out. You now have a mold to cast into.
Q: How long does it take for the alginate to set?
A: It generally sets very quickly approximately within 2-4 minutes.
Q: Is it a messy process?
A: Not really. We take great care to avoid any mess, however there is a small chance of a drip or two so we provide clear plastic aprons to protect your clothes.
Q: Do you cast pet’s paws?
A: We only recommend for pets with calm demeanors.
Q: What are the payment terms?
A: Cash or credit card.
Q: Can I re-use the mold?
A: We use two different types of molding material, either an alginate which is a one time use or silicone which can be used many times.
Q: When will my product be available to take home?
A: Times may vary due to different options of finishing. In such cases the piece will typically be ready 1 to 2 weeks. Casting time can be longer due to painting selections.
Q: Can we bring snacks/ drinks to our casting session?
A: Yes! TLCS is a fun/relaxing environment. Food/Drinks are not provided but you are welcome to bring them for your session.