Val Cooley-Copeland first became interested in lifecasting when her foster sons were about to move back home with their biological parents.  She wanted to be able to remember their precious hands. She bought a hand casting kit at a local hobby store, and was extremely disappointed in the results.  The hands were.light, fragile, and chalky. 

While casting the hands of her children and family members, Val fell in love with the art, and was determined to find a product that gave the detail and strength she wanted. Val began doing research to find the best products.  She tested several types of alginate, along with several different types of casting material before deciding on the best quality for her art.   As a result, her castings are extremely detailed, and very strong. She soon opened her first studio location in Nixa, MO., and a year later moved to her current location in downtown Springfield, MO.