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You are advised not to try and make a second impression on top of the first to avoid it looking like the hand has slipped or that you have gone over the edge. You can however delicately use your finger or a paint brush to touch up any minor imperfections, but it is better not to do this too much because it would make the impression too uniform and less authentic!

You have to read all the instructions before starting so that you know beforehand what the different stages are, and you must follow all the directions exactly. It is recommended that you make your cast at room temperature between 18° and 25°C to ensure the accuracy of the times given in the instructions. It is important to prepare all the elements required before you set about making the sculpture. Similarly, when you start the cast, you are advised to keep you child near by so that you can put his hand or foot quickly into the moulding material as soon as it is ready.


To select the first container for baby’s hand or foot, you should ensure that you will be able to put all of your baby’s foot or hand into it to give you the form you wish to obtain, and if you intend to frame this form, that it is sufficiently high. You are advised to choose a flexible plastic container to make it easier to turn it out after the plaster has been poured into the impression mould.

Generally, all the stages involved in making a sculpture (excluding the three-hour drying time) take around fifteen to twenty minutes. However, to make the most of this creative leisure time with your baby, it is best choose a period in the day when you have time ahead of you and nothing important to do so that you have the best conditions for making your Baby Art.

You are advised to make the sculpture when your baby is asleep to limit movements when you are making a cast of his hand or foot. Avoid making an impression or a sculpture with your baby at a time when he is tired or agitated.

To get a well-mixed material, you are advised to pour your sachet fairly quickly and in the right quantity into the bowl with the water. Mix thoroughly before using it. The process to make this first casting clay takes 2 to 3 minutes.

Ensure that you spread out all the clay onto quite a large surface so that you can make two impressions (two feet) at the same time. If you prefer to do it in two stages (for one foot and one hand, for example), carefully divide the clay in two and roll out each piece separately to make two successive impressions. Ensure that you roll out the clay sufficiently thickly to make an impression mould deep enough for pouring in the plaster afterwards. So when you make the impression of your baby in the clay, ensure you press gently but firmly enough so that his foot or hand appears perfectly to give a deep impression.

It is important to follow the proportions indicated in the instructions so that you get an appropriate plaster texture which is neither too thick (risk of lumps and hardening too quickly) nor too liquid (longer drying time).

Gently and gradually pour the plaster into the mould. To avoid air bubbles remaining at the bottom of the cast, turn the mould in different directions and tap the edges to help air bubbles escape. Immediately rinse the second container you have used for mixing the plaster so that it doesn’t harden.

If your plaster mixture seems a little too liquid, or if you have the least doubt, it is preferable to let the cast dry for longer to ensure that the plaster sculpture is dry and hard enough when you turn it out.

You are advised not to make the mould of your belly on your own: it is better for the expectant mother to sit or stand straight and for another person to make the cast on her.

Contact your retailer’s customer service department who will be able to give you an answer. You can view the list of retailers by country under the “Contact” heading on our website.

Choose a different background colour for your frame: cut a sheet of coloured cardboard the size of the back of your frame, stick it with double-sided tape on the back of the frame initially supplied, and stick the hand or footprint of your baby onto the new background!

In the Baby Art products for making paint impressions, the tubes of paint supplied come with a small applicator nozzle, which means they can be used like a pencil for decorating or signing your baby’s masterpiece.

To personalise the impression of your baby in the clay from the “Print” products or the Magic Box, you can engrave them with the name, date of birth or date you made. Use a pointed tool (a pencil, knife etc.) to engrave in the clay before it dries. You can also decorate the impression or the frame background using traditional acrylic paint.