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About the Artist
Custom framing and mould making since 1995!
I am an Artist, sculptor and lifecaster originally from Kelowna, BC I moved to Calgary AB in 1993.
My hobbies have always been painting and sculpting since I can remember.
I started selling my paintings for over 10 years before my lifecasting business, I had already worked with many mediums
including acrylics, oils, pastels and creating plaster castings using different mediums such as silicone and latex rubber.
Being a custom framer combined with this beautiful art of Lifecasting has made everything fit together perfectly.
It was then the only natural thing to do when the time came up to think about what to do after my maternity leave.
I started Lifecasting in Calgary in 2002 when my son was a few months old.
Then when my son was a year old I started up "A Lasting Impression by Diane" then later A Lasting Impression Artistic Castings
With many hours of research and trial and error over the years I have come up with many paint finishes and perfected my techniques for taking moulds of hands, feet, faces and bodies. Baby hands and feet is what most people want. To capture the size of their children when they are so small has become a very important tradition that many families have started over the past 10-15 years.
When I first started my business the most popular product was the infant hands and feet mounted on granite or wood.
Over the years and now the most popular layout is the hands and feet mounted in shadow boxes.
The Shadow boxes enable you to keep the castings maintenance free .
With so many layouts with or without the option of including a photo. I think shadowboxes are the best way to go.
I have gotten so many comments like " what you have done for us has really turned into one of our most prized possessions".
From one of my repeat clients when she brought over her second child.
To Learn more about the art of Lifecasting visit
The Association of Lifeecasters International
Please feel free to email Diane with any questions.
What I use to produce the precious copies of baby's hand and feet
Alginate is a powder made from seaweed. We mix it with warm water and it turns into a mixture like the consistency of extra thick cake batter, then after a minute or two (just enough time to mix it and quickly put the hand or foot into it) it turns into a rubbery mould. Dentists use this product to take impressions of our teeth. The formula I use does not have any flavouring in it.
It is very safe, odourless, warm and comfortable, non-toxic and hypoallergenic.
After testing many different types of Alginate, A Lasting Impression has chosen a very high quality alginate that you certainly can not buy at your local craft store, it is designed perfectly for taking your precious babies hand and foot castings.
We use warm water to mix with it, so that your baby does not feel uncomfortable, the temperature is about the same as you would use to give them a bath. The alginate solidifies into the rubber mould, then gently pull out the hand or foot.
For face and Body casting a slower setting alginate is used, layers of plaster bandages and gypsum are applied to create a hard shell to keep the form of the body or face.
Along with our special technique the castings come out with unbelievable detail.
Gypsum cement: After the mould is made we then pour in our special gypsum mixture, which hardens to a very hard white stone. The psi of our stone is about 7,000 lbs. which means it is about 5 times stronger than your regular plaster of paris.