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Interview: The beautiful and passionate process of plaster bellies.

Estefânia Rodrigues (Fanny) has a degree in Basic Education Teachers with a Visual and Technological Education variant. 

 

He started making plaster bellies in 2011 at the time when the EVT discipline underwent changes and vacancies became scarce. Being unemployed, it was necessary to find an alternative to keep busy and earn some money, while continuing to look for a job. He researched a lot and found an American website where he found several decorated plaster bellies, something he had never seen around here. After some research, he discovered that it was already being done in Portugal, but only in Lisbon and Porto.

 

He made his first mold in May 2011. The guinea pig was the sister-in-law. He personalized it and made some flyers that he left in several places, namely pharmacies and clinics.

 

The first customers were friends. The idea started to please and she partnered with a pharmacy in Fafe, which helped her launch. Jobs were appearing, but the bellies continued to be done part-time. The passion for art made her continue to innovate and experiment with other types of decorations. Now he works full time in this area.

 

 

 

It will be able to clarify some doubts about this beautiful process that eternalizes a unique period of the woman's life.

The process begins with the elaboration of the mold, which is made with orthopedic plaster bandages. After the mold is made, it is cut and hardened. Supports are placed (for wall or lamp), the belly takes several layers of dough (after drying, each layer is sanded) and then the belly begins to take shape. After the entire smoothing process, the belly takes a treatment, which will give it durability. It is painted and decorated to the client's taste. Various materials can be used such as: pearls, rhinestones, mirrors, shale ... 

 

What is the ideal pregnancy height to make the cast of the plaster belly?

The mold is to be done preferably between 30 and 37 weeks, advising to do it around 34-35 weeks, although it may vary depending on each case (the size of the belly, if it is a risky pregnancy, among other factors).

 

How long does the mold making process take?

The mold takes about 30 min to be made.

 

Are used products safe for me or my baby? Is the material used toxic?

The materials are very safe and non-toxic. 

Can I make my mold by myself?

The mold can be made at home, by the couple or by someone else who can make the mold for the pregnant woman. 

 

What are the possible positions to make the mold?

The mold is made upright, so as not to lose the original shape of the belly.

 

 

Is it possible for the artist to go home to make the molds?

Yes, I also do households.

  

Can I include hands, arms and / or thighs on my cast belly?

Yes, it can include hands (of the pregnant woman, husband, siblings ...) as well as shoulder, arm, thigh ... 

 

How to support the breasts during application?

For a beautiful chest, a bra with rims is recommended, which will be lined with cling film. 

 

What is the price of a plaster belly? 

Prices vary depending on the chosen decoration and the elements that can be added to the belly (such as, for example, frame or lamp, cutouts on the belly ...)

 

What is the contact route (s) to order a plaster belly?

You can contact through the number 934193788 or through the page https://www.facebook.com/barrigasbyfannysart .

 

Where can I consult previous works made by the artist?

All works are displayed on the facebook page https: // www.facebook.com/barrigasbyfannysart .

 

What can I do with my plaster mold?

The mold can have several functions. The main one is decorative and of course eternalize the moment of pregnancy. It can also be turned into a lamp, an artistic sculpture, a bowl to place the newborn (for example, for a photo shoot) can be placed in a painting, etc. The options are immense and so are the materials.

 

Below are some examples of the work done by the artist Fanny`s Arte.