How to take fingerprints, Handprints & Footprints

fingerprints

Taking fingerprints is easy;  this is the method that most people shy away from, but don't worry you will be sent step by step instructions with your order 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 and roll into a ball. 
  2. Hold the finger 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.

I will use the mould to make a clay fingerprint and this will be used to push 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.

If your baby is under 12months old  - We do not recommend fingerprint jewellery for a child under the age of around 8 months old, this is because their fingerprint is not fully defined until they are at least 8-12 months old.  Please consider handprint/footprint jewellery instead.


handprints & footprints

The process is really simple; you will be sent an inkless wipe kit,

  1. Remove the inkless wipe from its package and wipe over every area of the hand or foot.
  2. Press the hand/foot 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.