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Cast their hands alone or cast your hand with theirs.
1/2 an hour to 1 hour session.
We will cast hands from babies to the elderly.
Choose silver, gold, or bronze for your cast.
Choose from one of the Bases below OR hang your cast on the wall OR in a shadow box (not provided).
Here at EverLove Studios, family is very important to us. Not only do we want to be there for you in the good times but also through sorrow. Loss is a part of life but it is never easy to face. If you have a loved one who is passing away we want to be there for you and give you an opportunity to keep them with you always with a precious Memorial Hand Cast.
We want to bless those with:
We know how important it is to keep you and your family safe and we keep that into full consideration. We have done much research to get you materials that are non-allergenic and non-toxic and are safe for babies, children, and adults.
It is a FUN and EASY way to get a three dimensional copy of one or more hands showing each line and detail.
We use a material called Alginate. What is Alginate? It is a safe non-toxic and non-hypoallergenic material that is squishy and usually turns pink when it sets. Alginate is made from seaweed stems as well as other ingredients found in England’s white cliffs in Dover.
It’s simple! After we mix the Alginate with the right amount and temperature of water we place their hands in a bucket with the Alginate. Because Alginate sets fast we have to move quickly with every step. Once their hands are in the Alginate, it begins to set. During this time, the squishy white material begins to turn into a soft rubber like substance forming all around their hand picking up every detail, line, wrinkle and vein. After about seven to ten minutes they are able to gently pull their hand out. This takes about a half an hour to an hour.
I then pour Liquistone into the mold. This is like plaster but a little stronger. Once that is set, I remove all the Alginate off and end up with a three dimensional copy of their hands. You have the option of casting just their hand(s) or you can cast one of their hands with theirs. We allot for two hands. Contact us about casting more than two.
I fix up their cast. I fill holes and voids and make it look nice. I then let it set for 4 weeks or so to let it dry. It has to be completely dry for the paint to stick to the Liquistone. Try to order a Hand Cast as soon as you can. If you need it sooner than 6 weeks then we will work with you on that.
After their cast is completely dry, I will paint it with one base color of your choice. You can choose between Bronze, Silver, and Gold. I then paint it with a darker acrylic color just to make all the details stand out. You can choose to display their hands on a base or hang them on the wall or in a Shadow Box (not provided). I will either provide and display their cast on the base of your choice or prepare their hand casts for hanging them.
You may be wondering, why should I get a Hand Cast? I am a very sentimental person so to have had a hand cast of some of the people in my life who have passed away would have been very special to me. Some of my grandparents have passed away and I never got a chance to cast their hands. However, I have two left who are either ninety or close to it. So, of course we are trying to get their hand casts done. But that is not the only reason why Memorial Hand Casts are so special to me.
My grandfather died of Leukemia when my dad was only one month old. Ever since I learned about that my heart has hurt for those who have lost someone from cancer. Especially children who have cancer.
I went to elementary school with this kid, Brian. I had a huge crush on him and one day at school I begged him to give me his Santa Hat he brought with him that day. I'm glad I did because years later, when he was probably about 14 years old, he committed suicide. I have pictures and things of my grandparents who have passed away and that old Santa Hat of Brian's along with the memories. But I want to give those who are losing a best friend, a child, a parent, a sibling or a spouse a chance to keep a part of that person with them in a special and beautiful way. These casts are wonderful keepsakes for yourself or as a gift.
If you want to get a Hand Cast for someone you know who is losing a loved one but are not able to get it done right now then a Gift Certificate is the perfect solution. Contact us about a Memorial Hand Cast and we will work out the details with you. Once you receive the certificate you can give it to that person as a gift and we will set an appointment for them at their most convenient time to get that cast done. I will travel to the places I am permitted to ONLY with Memorial Hand Casts in the Grand Junction area.
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For up to two hands. Talk to us about casting more than two hands.
You will receive your cast in about 6 weeks
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291 East Parkview Drive, Grand Junction, Colorado 81503, United States
My name is Jessica Vail. I am a wife, a daughter, and an artist. I have had a passion for art when I was very young and I have been able to learn and develop my skills in art, specifically in sculpture.
I went to college at Colorado Mesa University for five years. There I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History and Studio Arts - Sculpture. I learned so much about metal casting and had the privilege of making so many of my own sculptures out of bronze, steel, aluminum, iron, copper, etc… There I learned all about alginate. This is the same material I use for all my hand castings. I made a few sculptures of my own hands out of plaster and iron.
After I graduated, I learned even more skills in casting when I worked for a company that casted dinosaur bones. I learned so much about dinosaurs and casting, as well as painting on resin, that I was able to take those techniques and apply them to hand casting.
One day, I went to my mom, Amy, who has always wanted to have her own music studio, and I said, “hey, we should go into business together.” She thought and prayed about it and here we are. I have had the privilege of casting other people hands for about a year now and the best part is seeing their faces light up when they receive their own cast. Bringing joy to others and being able to paint and sculpt brings joy to me.