This is my baby's hand and foot prints at 20 weeks old.
Having done an art degree and mainly working in plaster in my final year, I decided to cut a few costs and do it myself.
I started using clay to make the impression but discovered it was too hard for my baby's hand/foot, so made up some salt dough and this proved to be perfect.
For salt dough:
Water to make soft dough
1. Roll out dough. ( I did it on a chopping board so I could get a better position for the baby and move it around him)
2. Make impression - this can be tricky with such a young baby and may take a few attempts.
3. I am not cooking the salt dough and using it soft.
4. Make a frame to position around the impression, you could use excess salt dough to build a wall for a rough edge, or I also used an old take away container with the bottom cut out. - Make sure there are no gaps in the frame.
5. Make the plaster according to the instructions on the packet.
6. Pour in the plaster 1 - 2 cm deep and tap frame to lift any air bubbles.
7. Leave plaster to set.
8. Once set remove frame and peel away salt dough.
9. With a damp cloth, very gently wipe off any excess salt dough.
To finish I painted it with PVA glue or you could vanish it to make it more durable.
And finally I used a box frame to hold the items.