In order to take the prints and create the perfect charms I use a product called Precious Metal Clay (PMC). PMC was developed in Japan in the early 1990s by Mitsubishi. The development of the product over the years led to a particular type of PMC that is ideal to work with to take fingerprints.
I usually take fingerprints directly into the PMC. I work with the clay, rolling and shaping it, before gently pressing your, or your child's, finger into it (just like playing with play dough!). The charm that is created in front of you is the charm you receive back. Separate prints need to be taken for each fingerprint charm required.
Should you require a handprint, footprint or animal print charm we could either meet or I could send you a kit in the post for you to take the handprint, footprint or animal print with inkless wipes. (A deposit of £15.00 is required for up to two kits, additional kits at £5 each. This deposit is payable prior to me sending out the kits and will be deducted from the total once the order is placed). Once the print is returned to me I can recreate the image as a beautiful silver charm.
With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic I introduced kits for you to be able to take fingerprints remotely. Again I take a deposit of £15.00 for up to two kits, additional kits at £5 each.
I carry out the next processes on my own, drying the clay, sanding, engraving and then placing each charm in my kiln. Once the product is hardened in the kiln I polish, tumble and finish the product to my own exacting standards to ensure that you have the perfect gift to treasure.
Once the charm has been finished it is ready to be created into cufflinks, key chains or added to any of our beautiful pieces of jewellery or picture frames.
How it is done
I am based in Cheadle, Cheshire and usually book appointments at my home. When Covid restrictions end these can be daytime, after school or weekend.
I am delighted to be able to receive your orders for handprint, footprint and animal print charms via email or through the post. I can also send out putty kits to take fingerprints (I introduced these in March 2020 in response to the Covid Pandemic). I can post kits directly, or they can be collected from my home. I take £15.00 deposit for up to two kits (£5.00 for each additional kit).
Again, in normal times, why not arrange with some friends to get together and I can join the party to take the prints whilst having a display of the products on offer? The party host will then receive a discount towards any items she buys, dependant on the sales at the party.
I can work with local schools, nurseries, play centres and shops to promote and provide an opportunity to take orders and prints. Please look out for the promotion of my products in your area via www.facebook.com/daisyimprints
I also liaise with funeral directors, hospitals and hospices to take prints of loved ones recently deceased. Please contact me in confidence if you would like to discuss this with me. I feel truly honoured to be able to work with families at such a sad time. I take a deposit of £25.00 prior to each visit (£10.00 additional for each print taken in PMC). This will be deducted from the total once the order is placed.
Bank transfer: within three days of order
Paypal: within three days of order
Cash: at time of placing order / returning prints
Cheque: at time of placing order / returning prints
Once finished your item is packaged in my personalised gift bags then returned to you via Royal Mail Special Delivery, at a cost of £6.50 which is taken at the time of placing your order.
Single charms and rings will be sent at a cost of £2.50 for Royal Mail 1st Class Recorded Delivery.
Cost of delivery for outside UK will be confirmed at time of order.
Delivery will be between 2-4 weeks from taking the initial order.
Items can be collected by arrangement.
In line with GDPR (25th May 2018) I confirm that all information collected for each individual order is kept on paper file for the purposes of me completing each order. This includes: name, phone number, email address and address. I keep copies of all paper order forms.
For hand, foot and animal prints I keep the prints on paper with the order forms and electronically filed under name and date to enable me to complete repeat orders.
No data is collated or shared with any other parties other than the name relating to each order as I pass my completed charms over for soldering.
Your questions answered
Do I have to have a Fingerprint, Handprint, Footprint or Animal Print?
No, I can create charms with tiny heart cut outs and add dates, names or occasions depending on your requirements.
This still creates a beautiful and unique personalised gift.
Do you cover the whole of the UK?
I am based and work around the North West of England.
Whilst I need to be present to take fingerprints directly in the silver clay (my original and preferred method) I am able to send putty kits for you to capture fingerprints remotely and inkless wipe kits in order for you to take your own handprints, footprints or animal prints. Once the prints are returned to me I can then reproduce them on beautiful solid silver charms.
I can also provide beautiful, bespoke charms and pieces of jewellery by creating charms with drawing, writing and cut-outs, or just engraving.
No matter where you are - please contact me with your requirements.
What is included in the price?
The price of the charm includes the putty or inkless wipe kit and/or my time in taking the print, engraving of eg ‘Name x’ on the front and eg ‘DOB’ or ‘age’ on the back.
All charms come on a soldered jump ring unless otherwise agreed.
Can there be a print of both sides of the charm?
No, a print can only appear on one side of the charm as either the finger or stamper (with hand, foot, animal, drawing or writing print) is pressed into the soft clay in order to create the charm.
However, engraving can appear on both sides of the charm.
Can you recreate additional charms from the original print?
Fingerprints taken at face to face appointments
When I take the fingerprint in the silver clay itself the print I take is the charm that you receive back. I do not keep moulds or impressions of these fingerprints.
Fingerprints taken with my putty kits
When I send you the kit to take the prints yourself I can reuse the same print to create a few different charms. I will keep these impressions but at this time I am unsure whether they would perish over time so I cannot guarantee that I can use the same impression to create the same print years down the line.
Handprints, Footprints and Animal Prints
I take the hand, foot or animal print with inkless wipes on paper. I then reduce these prints and create stampers which I then keep and can use again to recreate additional charms. The cost of these duplicate charms will be the original cost of the charm less £5.00
What age can prints be taken?
Prints can be taken from any age.
I have taken the prints of seven day old babies up to Grandparents!
The lines on fingerprints develop over the first 12 months. However there is no guarantee that an eighteen month old would have lines in their print, equally a six month old may have a lot of lines - it all depends on the child! Whilst no lines may appear on a baby's prints they do provide for gorgeous tiny prints!