how to take fingerprints

You will be sent step by step instructions and enough of the imprint kit to take a couple of prints if you are unhappy with the first set.

The fingerprints are taken in a product called siligum, its much like play doh;

  1. You will be sent some blue and white siligum that you knead together, until the entire colour is blue and roll into a ball. 
  2. Hold the finger flat and push it gently into the ball making a deep impression. 
  3. Remove the finger and let the print dry. After a few minutes it will go rubbery and at this point the fingerprint has been captured.

The fingerprint mould is used to make a clay fingerprint which will be used to imprint into the silver clay. Although your actual print is used it will reduce in size slightly during the silver firing process.  

When taking prints, please use the index finger and not the thumb. Prints can be taken for adults and children.

Please read if your baby is under 12months old  - We do not recommend fingerprint jewellery for a child under the age of 12 months old, this is because the whorls and lines of their fingerprints are not yet fully defined.  Please consider handprint/footprint jewellery instead or contact us to discuss.

How to take handprints, footprints & paw prints

  1. Remove the inkless wipe from its package and wipe over every area of the hand, foot or paw.
  2. Press the hand/foot/paw onto the paper provided and hold for a second.
  3. Remove from the paper and watch as the print magically appears.
  • Dont worry about smudges or fingerprints as these can be edited out and take as many prints as you can so we can choose the best one.  
  • Once the smudges have been edited out, we reduce the size of the print so it is a good fit for the jewellery, this means handprints & footprints are perfect for any age group, including adults.
  • There is no mess - the inkless wipes are non-toxic and totally safe to use, they were originally developed in the US to take the prints of newborn babies.