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Now offering online courses! Are you interested in doing your own hand-casting, or are you interested in starting your own hand-casting business? Visit our ONLINE CLASSES page to learn more!

 

Family Hand-Casting

 Expressions of Love, Crafted with Care - Keepsakes that last forever

 

Located in beautiful Hot Springs, Arkansas!

 

Well-Crafted Studios presents Family Hand-Casting

"Hands are the heart's landscape."

At Well-Crafted Studios, we offer you not only an experience, but a handsome, sculptural expression of love and affection. Spend an hour with us, and come away with a visual memory of heirloom quality. Family Hand-Casting is a great way to capture a moment-- a newborn's tiny hands and feet, a wedding or anniversary, milestones of growing up, or a commemoration of life's experiences seen in every line and wrinkle.

Every piece is custom, because every hand is unique. Contact us to design your own special work of art!

 

Contact

karamgunter@gmail.com

(803) 603-3449

 

Location

Hot Springs, Arkansas

Spend over $100 with us, and we come to you, if you are located within a 20 mile radius of the Hot Springs, AR community.  If you live outside a 20 mile radius of Hot Springs, AR, travel costs of .54 a mile (to and from) apply..

 

availability

By appointment only. Contact us today! Call or text 803.603.3449 or email us karamgunter@gmail.com

HAND-CASTING RATES

$65 -- One Baby Hand and One Baby Foot (best if babies are asleep during the process so as to reduce movement)*

 

$130 -- Mommy and Me, and Daddy, too! (One Adult Hand With One Child's (age 16 and under) Hand or Foot)

 

$160 -- Two Adult Hands

 

$190 -- Three Hands (Adult or Child)

 

$220 -- Four Hands (adult or child)

DISPLAY OPTIONS

 $40 -- Leaning Display for Tabletop (Black, White, Some Custom Colors Available)*

$40 -- Leaning Display for Tabletop (Black, White, Some Custom Colors Available)*

 $40 -- Shadow Box for Baby Hand and Foot, Hangs on Wall (White or Black, Customer Can Supply Personalized Fabric)*

$40 -- Shadow Box for Baby Hand and Foot, Hangs on Wall (White or Black, Customer Can Supply Personalized Fabric)*

 $40-$50 -- Leaning Shadow Box, for Tabletop, for Two or Four Hands (White or Black)

$40-$50 -- Leaning Shadow Box, for Tabletop, for Two or Four Hands (White or Black)

 $60 -- Shadow Box for Two Hands, Hangs on Wall (White or Black)

$60 -- Shadow Box for Two Hands, Hangs on Wall (White or Black)

$75-- Leaning Shadow Box, for Tabletop, for Three Hands (White or Black)

 $100 -- Shadow Box for Four Hands, Hangs on Wall (White or Black)

$100 -- Shadow Box for Four Hands, Hangs on Wall (White or Black)

*Custom options available for an additional cost. Standard options include white or black frame or leaning display, with textured/ornate surface; neutral grey fabric insert.  $5 charge for custom paint color. Customer can provide personalized fabric at no extra charge.  For pieces which hang on the wall, these sculptures are permanently attached to the displays. The leaning displays are not permanent, and the sculpture can be easily detached from the display.

Gift a Timeless Keepsake

weddings-baby showers-birthdays-anniversaries-mother's and Father's day-holidays-just because

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Gift certificates make a thoughtful and convenient gift for any occasion! Don't worry-- we can design a card to meet your needs!

Host a Hand-Casting Party!

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Host a family hand-casting party and you could receive your family’s casting for free!  No matter what, everyone who attends will receive a discount, a unique experience and a touching family heirloom sculpture! If you live in the greater Columbia area (*see below if you live outside of our travel area), here’s how it works:

--You invite your guests, and we come to you!  We do all of the mold-making the day of the party, take the molds back to our studio near Columbia, SC, and complete the castings in about 2-4 weeks’ time, depending on the number of casts.  We can come to a private home, a church or other spiritual center, or a civic center.  Wherever you can throw a party, we can be there! We just need access to water.

Finished castings will all be delivered back to the host party location. Again, if you live outside of the Columbia area, please see below*.

--No matter how many people attend your party and commit to a casting, host and attendees automatically receive 20% off any family hand-casting at the time of the party.  Offer is not good after the party or at another time.

--If two families (besides the host family; three families in all including host family) commit to a casting, the host family receives 30% off one family hand-casting.   If three families (besides the host family; four families in all) commit to a casting, the host receives 40% off one family hand-casting.  This trend continues with 50% off for the host, if four families besides the host family commits.  If the host family can get five other families to commit to a casting, the host family’s casting is completely free!

--It doesn’t matter how many hands each family wants to cast (though beyond 5 hands, it begins to get logistically difficult from a mold-making perspective), all the discounted rates still apply!  Mommy (or Daddy) and Me casts; Anniversary casts between spouses; Family knot casts with parents and children, siblings, and multiple generations are just some of the possibilities.

Keep in mind, children will need to be old enough to sit relatively still for about 30 minutes in all-- having a tablet or something to otherwise occupy small children works well.  Babies can be tricky, but if they are sound sleepers, castings can be done while they snooze.  Calmer babies’ hands or feet can be dipped while Mom or Dad holds them.  These castings take a little less time.  We give it three tries, and if after the third shot, baby is too squirmy we suggest rescheduling when baby may be calmer.

*The greater Columbia area to us refers to any place within a 20 mile drive of Columbia, SC.  We are willing to travel to just about anywhere in the state of South Carolina, but a travel fee, to and from will apply. The standard rate is about 54 cents a mile.  For example, if you live 50 miles from us, the rate for traveling to you is $27, and back is $27, for a total of $54.  This fee can be split among all the families, or however you desire to handle it as host.  Attendees can get their finished castings in a number of ways—we can ship (prepaid only), a trip to meet us in Columbia, SC, or the families can split another travel fee for delivery of all finished castings back to the host party location.

“There’s a lot of things you need to get across this universe. Warp drive… wormhole refractors… You know the thing you need most of all? You need a hand to hold.”
— The Doctor, Season 6, Episode 6

Please use the form below to send us a detailed description of your sculpture (how many hands, positioning, display, etc), a couple of desired appointment times that work for you and your family, and any questions you may have. We look forward to corresponding with you!

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Please send us a detailed description of your sculpture (how many hands, positioning, display, etc), a couple of desired appointment times that work for you and your family, and any questions you may have. A non-refundable $20 fee is due to hold your appointment. This is not an extra fee, but will be subtracted from your initial 50% deposit. This simply helps us hold your time slot, and ensures no one's time is wasted. Thank you.

From Blue Fish Digest, Fall 2015 

Now offering online courses in hand-casting!

In a series of three classes, I will walk you through the process of making your own heirloom quality hand-casting. This series of classes is designed for the absolute beginner, however an adventurous spirit is a must! This thorough series of classes will walk you through making a mold, pouring the mold, and refining the casting. If you are interested in beginning your own hand casting business, you're an artist looking for an accessible introduction to body or life casting, or you want to take your own hand cast for your family or friends to the next level, this is a great place to start.

Classes are offered through Skillshare.com. For as low as $8.25 a month, you can take my classes and many others. If you'll already a member of Skillshare, please follow me! Find class descriptions and links below:

 

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Class One

Making the Mold: The First Step in Making Your Own Hand Cast

Skillshare Link: https://skl.sh/2J5IglC

This class (3 videos) is the first in a series of three classes, which will walk you through the process of making your own hand casting.

This series of classes is designed for the absolute beginner, however an adventurous spirit is a must! This thorough series of classes will walk you through making a mold, pouring the mold, and refining the casting. If you are interested in beginning your own hand casting business, you're an artist looking for an accessible introduction to body or life casting, or you want to take your own hand cast for your family or friends to the next level, this is a great place to start.

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Class Two

 

Filling the Void (of Your Mold): Pouring and Removing Your Hand Cast

Skillshare Link: https://skl.sh/2IGFSCr

This class is the second in a series of three classes, which will walk you through the process of pouring the mold you made in Making the Mold: The First Step in Making Your Own Hand Cast, and removing your casting from the mold. 

This series of classes is designed for the absolute beginner, however an adventurous spirit is a must! This thorough series of classes will walk you through making a mold, pouring the mold, and refining the casting. If you are interested in beginning your own hand casting business, you're an artist looking for an accessible introduction to body or life casting, or you want to take your own hand cast for your family or friends to the next level, this is a great place to start.

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Class Three

Refining Your Hand Cast: Tips to Improve the Craftsmanship of Your Casting

Skillshare Link: https://skl.sh/2GNkEwD 

This class is the third in a series of three classes, which will walk you through the process of refining the casting you made after watching Making the Mold and Filling the Void

This series of classes is designed for the absolute beginner, however an adventurous spirit is a must! This thorough series of classes will walk you through making a mold, pouring the mold, and refining the casting. If you are interested in beginning your own hand casting business, you're an artist looking for an accessible introduction to body or life casting, or you want to take your own hand cast for your family or friends to the next level, this is a great place to start.