How to Make a Handprint Keepsake Plate
The process outlined here uses Casting Gifts Handprint Keepsake Plate Kit which is appropriate for casting handprints of children, from infancy to about age 8. The process used to make a Handprint Keepsake Plate can also be applied to create a Baby Keepsake Footprint Plate.
1. Lay newspaper over your work area. Measure the appropriate amount of room temperature water and add to the molding container.
2. Add molding powder from the pink packet into the water filled container. The molding material initially turns pink in the water. Mix molding compound briskly with a spoon until the mixture turns almost white.
2B. While one person prepares the mixture in Step 2, another should prepare the child's hand. Rub a little water on the hand, then take a few spoons of the prepared molding mixture (this can be done while the mix is still slightly pink) and rub it all over the child's hand like lotion. This will help eliminate surface bubbles on the completed handprint keepsake.
3. Once the mixture turns white, and the child's hand has been covered in a few spoonfuls of the mixture (Step 2B), insert the hand into the mold mix, covering the palm and the tips of the fingers. Do not submerge the entire hand, or touch the bottom or sides of the container. Firmly hold the hand still while the mold sets. When set, break the suction between the mold and the hand and gently remove the hand. Wash hands with soap and warm water.
4. Clean the rim of the container by pulling off all the set molding gel. This will help ensure clean edges on the finished plate.
5. Gather a disposable container for mixing the casting stone. Pre-measure the recommended amount of cold water. Add the plaster from the packet to the pre-measured water. Allow the plaster to soak in, then mix gently by hand. The final plaster casting mixture should be smooth and easily pourable, like paint. If too thick add 1 tsp. water at a time until it is the consistency of paint.
6. Fill the child hand mold impression with plaster, making sure to fill fingertips completely. Tap the container to encourage trapped air bubbles to rise and pop them.
7. Continue to pour the plaster casting stone over and above the surface of the mold and handprint impression, until it is level with the uppermost rim of the container. Set aside to cure several hours.
8. Once cured, remove the hand print mold from the container.
9. Beginning at the wrist area, carefully peel away the rubbery mold from the stone handprint casting.
10. Work slowly and carefully. Remove bits of the mold from around, underneath, and in between the fingers.
11. Smooth the plate surface by removing plaster bubbles and sanding off any imperfections. Allow the handprint keepsake plate to air dry before doing a final finish sanding and painting.
Casting Gifts Handprint Keepsake Kits
Handprint Keepsake Plate Kit
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8x10 Shadow Box Kit
Child Hand Casting Kit
Family Hand Casting Kit
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