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Very good - surprisingly effective
on 20 March 2015
You must have patience and read the instructions a few times to really understand how to use the product. The instructions are absolutely key and do explain well, how to use the product. I noticed that I had to use a few different containers to get the size right both for my baby's foot and to not use too much excess product. I did buy this knowing that I may mess it up to begin with and could potentially require buying further product, but if you are willing to do this, take your time to use trial and error then you should get a fairly acceptable result. My first attempt was much better than I had expected, even with the plaster running through the bottom of the mould (due to my poor casting attempt). It still had most fine details and I was so happy with it and felt quite proud. It does have an element of satisfaction. It's a lovely reward after patiently preparing everything so carefully first. You should accept that you need to take your time and carefully sand off lumps and bumps etc before painting.
Tips - do try to have someone to help you hold the baby! If you don't, try putting baby front facing (if appropriate) in a baby carrier so you can have a free hand to pour in alginate. I had to do this, it was tricky but couldn't have done it single handedly any other way. I still recommend someone to help over this.
I used a bath thermometer for the water temp. It does set quickly but if you rehearse what you are doing beforehand so that you don't need instructions then you will manage the setting time with the water at 30 degrees ( some people recommend it colder for longer setting time, I personally don't think it would be as comfortable for baby if colder).
Have all your containers planned and sorted first. I wouldn't use a plastic bag inside a container - it made things more awkward for me. The alginate is rubbery when set so just peel it off equipment as soon as you are finished.