Luna Bean Casting Kit Info Page
Thank you for choosing Luna Bean couples, infant, and -XL- family kits!
Video demo instructions below ... The video shows the Keepsake Hands couples kit in use, but the same steps also apply to the -XL- kit. More videos can be found here: Video Library
- Temperature controls the set time of Step 1. Warmer temps speed up the set time. Colder temps slow down the set time. For an average set time of about 6 minutes, use cool water (70-75F). Be mindful of external heat sources such as mixing near an oven or fireplace, or outside in the summer, etc. If you want as much time as possible before the material sets, use refrigerator chilled water. The chilled water will give you 10+ minutes.
- Drain all excess water from the mold prior to pouring Step 2. If there is water inside the mold when Step 2 is poured, it will be pushed to the outside of the final cast and form "runners" or "little rivers" that appear to be cracks on the surface where the water once was (before it evaporated).
- To ensure a final casting that is "clean," wash hands thoroughly before making the mold and keep the mold covered while waiting to pour the casting stone.
- Allow the completed cast to dry thoroughly and efficiently by placing in front of a fan and near as much natural light as possible (but not in direct sunlight). Be sure air flow can reach all areas ... including the base ... and rotate periodically.
- Both the Step 1 and Step 2 will stick strongly to any porous surface. Avoid getting it on clothing, towels, rugs, etc. Cover working surfaces with a plastic garbage bag for easy clean-up.
- RINGS: Rings can most certainly be worn in the casting. The rings will not be harmed. Simply rinse off any residual molding material left behind after the mold is made. Be careful when removing the ring hand from the mold as some rings have sharp edges that may slice the mold on the way out. Also, rings with large stones and narrow bezels create a cast in which the stone more easily breaks off during the de-molding process so be extra careful de-molding your cast in that area.
- LONG NAILS: For best results, it is best to artificially thicken long nails so they have much less of a chance of breaking during the de-moldling process. Air drying clay, tape, even petroleum jelly ... can be used to make the nails thicker prior to creating the mold.