Rock the Bump - custom, artistic, pregnant belly bump and belly bowl keepsake casts by Zoё.
One to One casting sessions are available at my studio in Boscombe or in the comfort of your own home. Rock the Bump also offer 'Rock the Bump' casting parties for those planning a baby shower/blessingway or looking for an alternative way to celebrate their pending arrival and come away with a lasting memento of their pregnancy.
WHAT does pregnant belly casting involve?
Answer - a layer of Vaseline is applied to your pregnant belly and/or any other area that is forming part of the cast and then strips of wet medical grade plaster bandage are smoothed on to your skin. For those mums-to-be who would prefer to have their lovely bump slathered in something other than Vaseline, I also offer a non-petroleum option of organic, 100% raw, virgin coconut oil. The bandage is built up into layers to strengthen the finished sculpture. As it dries the plaster hardens and the cast gently starts to come away from the skin. This safe, simple, and painless process takes about 20/30 minutes. It is recommended that you have a shower to remove any excess Vaseline/coconut oil or plaster once you get home but wipes/warm water/towels will be available at the studio for you to use. Please let me know in advance if you have any allergies or particularly sensitive skin.
WORRIED about getting your boobs out?
Don't be! I've seen it all before and you're not exposed for that long anyhow as I work quickly to get the plaster bandage on. You can choose to have a bump or boob cast done wearing a smooth/strapless bra no worries (I can just cover it with cling film and cast over top) but results are better without.
Once dry, the cast is strengthened, smoothed and primed. This provides a beautifully smooth, white canvas for your own choice of custom design. The completed casts can be hung, framed, displayed on an easel or just placed on a dresser/shelf and leant against the wall. Rock the Bump 'Baby’s First Home' belly bowls offer mums-to-be a more discreet pregnant belly casting experience (you can remain fully clothed with just your bump exposed for the casting) and the unique opportunity to use your keepsake belly cast in your precious baby’s newborn photography session. If you're looking for that extra special pregnancy keepsake there is also the luxury option of having your Rock the Bump belly bowl recast in clay, fired and glazed to your specifications.
WHERE can I have my bump cast done?
One to One bump casting sessions are available at my studio in Boscombe or in the comfort of your own home (within a 20 mile radius of Bournemouth). I am happy to offer home visits further afield but additional travel costs apply, please ask for more information. Partners and children are more than welcome to attend your bump casting with you. Complimentary refreshments are always provided, including homemade cake (children and time permitting!). I am also available to attend baby showers/blessingways if you would like to have your bump cast done as part of your celebrations. There is a £10.00 hospital call out charge should I need to visit you in hospital to cast your bump.
HOW do I book?
Bookings should ideally be made at least 4 weeks in advance but I am happy to do castings at short notice subject to my own availability and commitments. Weekend and early evening weekday appointments are available. Please allow up to an hour for your bump casting session. The best time to create a bump cast is from around 37 weeks (earlier in the case of twin pregnancies) and it's only too late once baby's here, so long as you are comfortable I am happy to do bump castings at any stage in your pregnancy. I should just add that if you are planning on having your precious newborn baby photographed in your Rock the Bump belly bowl cast it is advisable to create your cast as late as possible in your pregnancy to ensure the bowl is large enough for baby to comfortably fit in it, bearing in mind that there can be a considerable difference in size if the bump cast is done at 37 weeks, baby isn't born until 42 weeks and could be up to 2 weeks old by the time of the newborn photography session.
If you are booking at least 4 weeks in advance a £45 non-refundable deposit is payable to secure your bump casting session with the final balance payable at the time of your appointment. Payment can be made via PayPal or bank transfer. Alternatively you can pay by the balance in cash at the time of the appointment. Rock the Bump does not currently have the facility to accept card payments. If you are booking at short notice payment is required in full at the time of your booking.
As courtesy, please ensure you provide at least 48 hours notice of any cancellations.
Repairs & Refunds
Starting with the humble ModRoc plaster bandage cast through to the fully strengthened, smoothed, primed, painted and finished piece, a lot of love, hard work and attention to detail goes in to each and every Rock the Bump pregnant belly casting. I hope you’ll be delighted with your bump cast, and I make every effort to ensure that this is the case. If you are unhappy with your cast for any reason, please contact me by email or by phone on 07793284109 to let me know you have a problem, so I can do what I can to resolve it. If you have a concern with your bump cast, you must notify Rock the Bump within 48 hours of receiving the cast.
If you damage your cast in the years to come after you purchased it with us, Rock the Bump does offer a repair service. Please contact me for more information.
Rock the Bump - pregnant belly casting. Keep it plain, natural and simple; decorate it yourself or commission a personalised decoration.
Each Rock the Bump bump cast is a blank canvas. Book your bump casting session today and let Zoё turn your precious bump into a work of art.