Those that had been long time readers know I like a bit of art and craft. I was taken by the idea of a breastmilk keepsake after I had finished feeding Rosa and no longer had any milk supply. She was supposed to be my last bio baby and I was sad I would never get to create one of these.
Of course I am now feeding again and whoop get to make one!
I being the personality that I am decided I wanted to make them myself because:
A) It would be fun
B) I’d KNOW that they contain MY breastmilk (not that I am saying the more commercially ones wouldn’t do)
I ordered all the things I would need and spent like twice as much money as just ordering one from the websites lol. I bought a resin casting mould, some resin and some silver jewellery pieces to set my finished piece in.
I knew what I wanted to do, I wanted to plasticise the milk (a simple process of adding acid to milk will turn it into a plastic). It seems my milk doesn’t contain enough casein for this to work. I wasted a whole bottle of precious breast milk trying to get it to turn. I used citric acid in place of vinegar as I didn’t want any smell or odour on the finished piece. I tried all sorts of things to get it to work, but alas it just wouldn’t.
So then I thought I had better just mix the milk with a clear resin to preserve it.
My first attempt was a little dodgy. Half the batch didn’t cure at all, and the other half cured only after I stirred them again after a couple of days. They set a bit lumpy and after about a week they all started to turn yellow.
My second batch came out a lot better. I was a bit more methodical and measured out my quantities carefully using syringes. Having also worked out that agitating the mixture helped, I did this at hourly intervals for the first 4 hours. I also added 10 seconds of heat in the microwave before pouring into the moulds. This worked brilliantly and after 12 hours they were set hard and perfectly and I was really pleased with them!
Of course there is still a possibility these will yellow like the first batch, only time will tell me that.
I’m not sure what to do with them now. Stacy suggested putting a jump ring on the large heart and making a pendant. I thought I might set some of the smaller shapes into the larger versions of themselves (inside a clear resin casing) and just put them into memory boxes as keepsakes.
I’ve got loads of friends asking me to make them for them too. I am happy to do it for them, I just hope they preserve properly and don’t go mouldy or something like that!
And to top all of this off, I ordered a pendant from a website as well 😉 Poor Stacy does put up with a lot from me 🙂 ❤