Belly Bump Castings Training with Christina from Cyprus
It is always an honour when someone chooses my company to learn a craft. Even more so when they travel thousands of miles. This time I had the pleasure of Christina and her son who travelled all the way from Cyprus to learn the art of mod-roc belly bump castings and belly bump bowls.
Having researched Cyprus, Christina found that there was a huge demand but no supply for this and was very keen to take advantage. Alongside the fact that after along time as an Accountant, she wanted to leave the profession and do something more creative.
As with all training sessions I run, they are one on one which is very important. Whilst one person may be particularly creative another may not and the last thing i want anyone to do is feel unsure and loose confidence in themselves.
We were very lucky to have the fabulous Jennifer as our model who was due her second child. Christina picked up the skills very quickly and within an hour and half we had created one belly bump and one belly bump with boobs.
Creating two mean that Christina could take the smaller one away with her and Jennifer the larger one. Jennifer was incredibly excited as she had played around with mod-roc bandage years ago when she was a student and was looking forward to taking her masterpiece away to personalise it.
Meanwhile, whilst we left Christina’s bump dry in the glorious UK sunshine I went through the various stages of applying plaster, sanding and adding various artistic creative features to the bumps that Christina creates when she returns to Cyprus.
The day went so quickly and Christina’s son was a brilliant baby sitter for my cockapoo Pickle who had recently been recovering from an operation.
The review she left me was fabulous and I am very grateful to her for taking the time to write it.
Christina wrote “It was a pleasure meeting you too and for the warm welcome. It was a great day full of exciting new things to learn instead of playing around with numbers. You are a professional and care about your work! I will definitely be back for more. Give my regards to Jen, she was awesome.”
As with all my training, once they leave that is not the end of it. The aftercare is just as important if not more important to me. So, since Christina has been back in Cyprus we have spoken several times and one of the key elements she has struggled with is the plaster drying out so quickly in the heat. After lots of samples and different techniques guided by me we finally mastered it and I am delighted to say Christina has seen a client and created her first belly bump.
I am very excited to see the journey Christina takes especially as she is keen to return to the UK at some point to attend more training with me predominantly the 3D Castings and 3D Family Keepsakes.