Summer wind down

If you’ve followed me from the start, you will know that the reason I started my business in the first place was so that I could earn an income with flexible hours around my husband and my children.

I’m now 3 years into my business and I have started to see a pattern of winding down over the summer months. Not many orders come in during August as everyone is off enjoying time with their families, and so I have decided that it is the perfect time for me to do exactly that!

I am taking 3 weeks off from making jewellery during the first three weeks of the school holidays (18th July – 5th August).  The business won’t close completely during this time, print kits for new orders will still go out and emails will get answered.  My phone will be going off and my hands will be taking a rest though!

Priority orders will be suspended during this time and any prints that come back during this time will be logged and acknowledged when I am ready to start making jewellery again.

I’ve got some exciting things planned with my husband and kids during my time off, I’ll tell you all about it when I come back.

Small Print, Baby fingerprint jewellery made from very fine prints

Small prints can be tricky to work with

Sometimes young babies only have very small print and the lines are not always very defined.  It can be difficult to get these very fine prints into jewellery without losing definition.
I have recently been experimenting with new methods of tranferring your prints from the mould into your chose piece of fingerprint jewellery and I am pleased to say that I have found a way that is giving me consistently great results even with the smallest of prints.

When you place your order for a piece of Silver Fingerprint Jewellery you will be sent a kit which contains a two part putty. The fingerprint is taken into the putty which sets hard when the two parts are mixed to form a solid mould of your baby’s print.  If you can see lines in the mould, they will be visible on the finished piece.

Buy keepsake jewellery suitable for a small print.

Fingerprint jewellery made with small print More information…
Small Baby Fingerprint Jewellery Charm

 

 

 

Owl Fingerprint Pendant

I was recently asked if I could produce a custom designed keepsake fingerprint charm.    The customer wanted something in the shape of an owl that could have her mum’s fingerprint as the owls tummy detail, and so the owl fingerprint pendant design process began.

The Owl fingerprint Charm Design Process

Before starting work on the charm, I asked the customer to send me some pictures of owls that she liked, here are a few of the ideas she sent me to work with.
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The Owl fingerprint Charm Making Process

I began work on the piece straight away and came up with a couple of prototype designs made out of silver clay.  The customer liked the designs an added her own suggestions for a few more details.

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My customer suggested the addition of feet and so more detail in the wings…

silver clay owl fingerprint charm so I got to work making tiny owl toes and carving feather detail into the wings.

This is the completed deign, it still doesn’t look like much yet, the magic doesn’t really happen until the clay is fired.  During this process the clay binder burns away leaving behind a pure silver piece of jewellery.

He spent about 2 hours in the kiln and came out solid silver. With a good polish and the addition of some patina to bring out the detail here is the finished piece.  A beautiful owl keepsake.

Owl Fingerprint NecklaceIf You have an idea for a custom piece of jewellery please get in touch, at gemma@lastingtouch.co.uk

It can feature your loved ones fingerprint or hand and footprints if you would like it to.

More custom fingerprint design ideas.