Essex Keepsake – Cast A Memory
Cast A Memory is run by me, Sharon Dixey, mother of three (Harrison aged 12 and twin girls Holli & Daisy aged 9).
‘I set up Cast A Memory after the birth of my daughters because I wanted a job that I could be passionate about and that would also fit around being a full-time mum. My inspiration came after the birth of my daughters when I was looking for ways to preserve special moments forever such as the feel of their tiny hands in the palm of mine.’
A photograph is a very good way to record physical features but has its limitations. A three dimensional reproduction provides the possibility to view from all angles and to be held and felt for both form and contours, therefore providing an altogether better record and a more powerful and pleasing experience.
I went on to research materials and methods followed by extensive testing before launching my business.
‘It’s amazing how quickly you forget what your child was once like. I look at casts of my children from eighteen months ago and those I have made recently and I find it fascinating how much they have changed.’ It’s not just for babies, anyone can have a hand cast, I recently did a casting for a couple celebrating their ruby anniversary and a family of five wishing to treasure that moment in time.
I already had an interest in clay and expanded my business to include hand and foot prints in the medium. ‘Clay prints are obviously slimmer and more like a framed picture when on the wall and cater for wider tastes. I can also provide animal prints which have proved very popular.’
Gift vouchers make great Christmas presents, Baptism, baby shower, New baby,especially for first time parents. Cast A Memory products also make a perfect gift for family members who are unable to see your child as often as they would like (elderly relatives, those overseas etc.) or alternatively a unique reminder of your child for a desk at work. Products will last a lifetime, providing joy for many years and are thus great value for money.
‘Your cast will be produced in the comfort of my home studio where I can show you the many different casting styles, colours, finishes, frames and engraving options. After the consultation the casting process takes about thirty minutes for a hand or foot and will usually be ready in two to four weeks. Not all children enjoy experiencing the different materials used for casting but I’ve learned a few tricks to keep them distracted!’