Face Casts: How do you Breathe?

Face Cast from Side

Of all the ways you can make a lifecast of the human body, the one that seems to capture people’s imaginations the most is the face cast.

There is something strangely interesting about face casts- perhaps it’s the association with the macabre death mask that intrigues people. You can see some here in Edinburgh: there’s a selection of death masks down at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery with Dolly the Sheep amongst the ranks of notable faces.

At the Edinburgh Casting Studio, we are more into making body casts from happy living people. The great thing about face casts is that they are useful beyond just looking awesome on your wall. They make a great base for custom made prosthetics. From your unique face casting you can build all sorts of troll noses, zombie wounds and even complete prosthetic disguises that fit you perfectly.

When it comes to actually making the face cast, without a doubt, the first question we are asked is ‘How do you breathe?’. The process takes about 30 minutes, so we’re not expecting you to hold your breath. To put your fears to rest, we’ve asked one of our casting subjects Grace a few questions about the time she got her face cast with us. We’ve also got some lovely pictures too.


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The Interview


-Was it a comfortable experience?Face Cast Beneath

Yeah, it was! I wasn’t worried about my hair getting messed up or anything to be honest, but really I was expecting it to be worse. Also with not knowing what to expect, I think I found it really quite comfortable. From the point of view of someone who feels claustrophobic a lot of the time, in small places I start feeling really uncomfortable. I was quite surprised how relaxed I felt especially with it being my face as well.

-Did Poppy and Luis look after you?

Yes, I felt very well looked after and I felt they explained everything as they were doing it. I think that helped relax me and helped keep me relaxed through the whole thing.

-What were you expecting?

I was expecting to really have to struggle to keep calm and to remain breathing. I thought it would be harder to breathe, and I thought that would then send me into a panic, so I suppose I was kind of preparing for the worst really.

-Have you ever had a casting done before?


-Did it feel like it took a long time?

No, because you explained how long the casting would have to stay on for. You know what it’s like when you have to wait a certain amount of time- you’re sitting there waiting and it seems to take forever. I think I was expecting it to be longer. Because I couldn’t see a clock or anything, I was just sitting there- but because I was being talked through the process, it didn’t feel like long. I don’t actually know how long I was sitting there with [the casting] on to be honest.

-What could you compare the experience to?

I would say it was very close to what it feels like having a face mask on- because I’ve done beauty therapy before and there’s loads of face masks and beauty masks you can have on and gauzes and stuff. In my experience, there were a lot of them that I think I probably felt more claustrophobic with. It was very much like a beauty treatment.

-If you had a life casting again, what would you have done?

Hmm. I do like the idea of how my Mum and Dad had two hands together. I don’t think I’d have anything just as me, but I think having two hands together- that signifies a bond that’s quite special really. I think it’s quite fun being able to have all sorts of casts of yourself, but the one of the hands together that means a lot- I’d say that’s quite a nice thing.

-Anything else you’d like to add?

I quite liked watching the whole process of it. Obviously I couldn’t see having my face done, but my Mum took a lot of pictures. Watching Mum have her hands done- it doesn’t sound all that exciting at first, but it really is quite fun to watch. It’s the excitement of seeing what it’s going to turn out like. You know what their hands look like, but you don’t know how the cast is going to come out.

-Thank you for letting us do a cast of your face, and for answering our questions

No problem- it was great fun!


Oh and by the way, if you’re still wondering how you breathe when you have a face casting- we work swiftly with a steady hand, making sure the nostrils stay clear at all times. No uncomfortable straws needed!

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