Start Your Own Plaster Baby Photo Frame Business For Additional Income

August 26, 2009 by  
Filed under Baby Photo Frames

How nice would it be to have another significant income making something you love? Most people could do with a little extra income and if you don’t – lucky you, but you might also want to put some of these artistic skills to use and start you own little business.

Many people who begin their own business start out small and with some effort can make it there primary income allowing them to give up the day job and continue something that they are passionate about. Starting a business in plaster baby photo frames need not be out of your range, with a bit of know-how you could be on your way to eliminating these money worries.

Probably the best way to start is producing the photo frames yourself. If you enjoy dabbling in this kind of craft work then you are already one step ahead of the game. Continue to use the materials you are happy with to build up a stock.

In order to multiply your stock faster, rather than making each frame individually, create a cast of the frame with sculpting clay. This way you can use the cast to make many photo frames simply by pouring the plaster into the cast. The frames will then be left to dry and voila!

If you don’t feel too comfortable making the photo cast yourself, you can outsource the job to a professional sculptor who will be given the exact details of what you require. Once you have your cast, then you are in business.

You may want a rubber cast to work with. This is simply a matter of pouring liquid rubber onto the clay sculpture and letting it set. Once it has fully formed, remove the rubber cast from the sculpture and the cast is complete and fit to use.

Don’t worry about how you will gain access to the materials you will need. A craft shop near you should be able to provide you with the clay for the sculpture and any regular hardware store should have the materials for making the plaster baby photo frames.

For all the materials you require to get started on your photo frames should only cost you around $40, not bad for allowing you to get started immediately.

After you have your cast made, check that it is completely level to prevent the plaster from spilling over. Again, this is a pretty simple process. Using a large pot and fill with kitty litter (clean obviously). Firmly place your cast face down on top of the litter making sure that all areas are touching and it is level.

This is fine for smaller casts. If you are thinking about making larger casts then sand might be a better material.

Next, you can begin mixing the plaster using the instructions on the pack. Remember to follow the instructions perfectly, the mixture should be reasonably thin for pouring.

The mixture mustn’t be left in the cast until it is completely dry or you may have a job getting it out. Just leave it to set a bit and until there is no stickiness, then remove for air drying. Leave to air dry for a good 24 hours just to be on the safe side.

After the 24 hour period, you will be ready to paint and decorate your frames. It is best to use white paint for a base to give your main coat of paint an smoother and more even surface. Remember to keep your materials away from animals and children, it is also best to use non-toxic paint.

Using acrylic paint for your frames follow with a spray coat of clear paint to finish. Once you have a system in place, you will be able to go through this process with more frames at a quicker pace and before you know it you will be ready to set up shop. You should be able to make a profit quickly as each frame will cost next to nothing to make. Pretty simple huh?