Shannon, Essex UK

Shannon, a young mum from Rayleigh Essex, was inspired by how my frames bring the baby and placenta back together outside the womb. For this reason she decided to use the first ever picture of Freddie-Lee taken just moments after he arrived. 

Shannon's placenta was super tiny measuring only 14cm, but then, her little one Freddie-Lee weighed less than 6lbs. I made her a 4’x6’ portrait frame with a black back and inscribed with Freddie-Lee’s name and date of birth in white.

From the pictures above I think it's safe to say Freddie-Lee was impressed with his Placenta Photo Frame although this wasn’t the only thing I made. I also created a small trinket box to keep Freddie-Lee’s, first lock of hair, baby teeth and even his umbilical cord which I preserved and shaped.

On top of this, Shannon was the first client to test my body casting skills. I created a cast of Freddie-Lee’s foot and hand.  To start with, little Freddie was not impressed, but he certainly came round to the idea and in the end wasn't phased at all. The material I used to cast with is rubber based and completely child safe, once I take the cast it is a simple case of washing the body part.

Freddie-Lee’s casts were mounted onto handmade plastic disks with his name and date of birth matching the Placenta Photo Frame perfectly.

Finally, Shannon wanted something to represent their family as a whole and commissioned me to create a family cast of Mum, Dad and Freddie-Lee in a hand clasp.  This is the first time I had attempted casting three hands at once but it went perfectly.

All of us couldn’t have been happier with the result, Shannon sent me the above picture to show off how she had gone about displaying it.

Sarah, Birmingham UK

Febuary 2016

Ever since Sarah had a little boy back in April 2011 she kept her placenta in the freezer. When I asked Sarah why she had held on to it for so long, she explained, “I decided to keep the placenta because I think it's function is amazing, my body created it so my baby could live. I couldn't do it a disservice by incinerating it with a load of hospitals waste. We thought about eating it but that felt too weird. I had planned to plant it with a tree but we'd have to leave when we moved. My friend sent me a link to an article about you and I thought it would be perfect to have it made in to photo frame.” 

Sarah lives in Birmingham, but has family in London so whilst she visited the south we met at Euston Station and I collected her placenta which was really rather small measuring a diameter of only 15cm.

Once I had completed Sarah’s frame 4'x6' portrait frame with a black reverse she had a trustworthy friend who collected it from my house and held on to it until Sarah’s next visit to London. 

Although Sarah was extremely happy with the frame, I feel it is only right to mention that once she opened the box the frame had incurred some minor defects. Unfortunately due to it being enclosed for some time the bubble wrap I used caused a reaction. To think a frame was not up to scratch was incredible disappointing for me; however I am pleased to say it was a lesson learnt. I now use a completely different quality wrap and include gels to capture the moisture. Sarah was extremely understanding of the situation and I managed to smooth out all the imperfections therefore in the end it was a success. 

Finally I met Sarah at Euston Station to hand back her Placenta Photo Frame and she was thrilled, Sarah’s tiny ruby red placenta had created beautiful tones.