I have exhibited with Artist/Sculptress Amy Wieck,  http://propsetc.com/amy_wieck.html  –  http://www.amywieck.com/   in the past we exhibited with others at the  Museum of Seminole County History. I first met the soft spoken artist and her solid figures at the museum. Her hummingbird and lizard still stand out for me, she does finely detailed pieces.
Amy works with One Stop Prop Shop Corp that also works with Disney on some of their prop needs.  We are now Facebook friends and I noticed a couple weeks ago she put out notice that she would like to cast a baby’s hand for a prosthetist, Davor Krchelich. Davor works with Project Medishare,  http://www.projectmedishare.org/    – an organization dedicated to helping out the medical needs of many including the victims of Haiti’s earthquake and those in need of limb replacements.

Davor reached out to Amy and asked her to find a baby hand to cast for making a prosthetic to use for his smallest patients. I sent Amy some photos and then knew that my grandchildren would be in town, so I volunteered Kira, but not before asking how safe the product was, (it’s the same medium they use for dental patients in the mouth to make impressions and the hand is doused in vaseline or any type lotion one prefers to coat it up.)

Amy came over last Saturday and tried a couple times to take impressions, my granddaughter Kira is only about 2 months old, and she didn’t seem to like the feel of the cool liquidy medium, though she didn’t cry, she just moved her arm and hand a lot. I was excited to think this could be a hand to help someone’s poor baby who was limbless. Amy is so very gentle and encouraging,  Her technique starts with a soft reassurance that this will go well, and we weren’t sure when we pulled out Kira’s balled hands if it would work.


Amy needed photos of the hands in case she had to sculpt them if the casts did not come out detailed enough so I spent time looking at Kira and Iyla’s baby hands and taking photos. Kira is just discovering hers, they will fly up above her head and wave all around. I became obsessed looking at the beauty in their innocence. You can tell a lot about a person’s hands. They are the bearer of someone’s burdens or the tale of someone well pampered.  Kira is a lucky child to be healthy and have all limbs in tact, in parts of the world there is a stigma attached to being limbless, almost like a Caste system where you are devalued as a person through no fault of your own.

Davor and others through Project Medishare are trying to remedy that for young and old, giving them a new feel for life again. The white casting you see pictured below is taken right from mold and has had nothing done to it. Amy normally takes time to clean them up, cast them in bronze or other requested medium, then finish and polish them. It was very generous of her to do this for Davor and Project Medishare.
I told Amy I actually loved the primitiveness of the freshly released mold,  it looked like a birthing process to me. Amy does wildlife, body castings, your pets paws, even Halloween looking limbs if you like. Contact her through her website above if you are interested in learning more.

http://projectmedishare.wordpress.com/2010/08/30/fitting-amputee-patients-with-a-combination-of-technology-and-heart/

Here are photos of Davor in Haiti getting hug from a victim getting a leg, Amy’s work and Kira being held by me as she was cast and the cast in white:

After Amy had cast the hands, she got a notice from Davor, his time has been cut and he had to use doll hands. So Kira’s hands won’t be used for now. But she is immortalized in her life casting by Amy, and you and yours can have that too.
So take the time to look at the finer details in life, notice hands all day or look at something you normally wouldn’t think about. Life is full of intricate details, appreciate them they are all around us in the bark of a tree, the details of a seashell,  the wrinkles on our hands, feet and faces.  Look at smiles all day, such a small act of muscles that brightens our lives!
Give life a good lookover, get away from that desk and take a few minutes out and observe, watch the kids, your pets, see how easily most use their limbs. In many parts of the world  people of all ages are unable to pick up a fork or walk without a crutch, some genetically deprived, some victims of war, accidents, natural disasters. Take the time to be thankful you have what you have, donate when you can to any organization of your choosing to help others who are not as lucky, including animals too, they will benefit from your generousity! Hugs

Tonka the turtle needing a little help,  http://www.oddee.com/item_96482.aspx

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