Below are the answers to some of the common questions that my customers ask. If I haven’t covered your query, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Are fingerprints easily visible on the jewellery?
The fingerprint/handprints your child makes are as individual as your child. When you make the impression mould, you will be able to see if your child has visible whorls (fingerprint lines) that will show up in your fingerprint jewellery piece. Some lines are visible in most cases. However detailed the print though, your finished jewellery will reflect the unique impression your child has made – capturing that moment forever.
How old does my child have to be to have fingerprint jewellery made?
There are no hard and fast rules and there is no optimum age for fingerprint jewellery. Generally speaking, the older the child, the more defined his/her fingerprint will be. However, every child is different and some 1 year olds will have a more detailed fingerprint than some 5 year olds. I usually advise against taking impressions from babies less than 6 months old — their fingers are very delicate and the print is unlikely to have much definition.Some people prefer to wait until their child has a defined print, while others love to capture the tiny impression that very young children create. Please note that there is no upper age limit for taking fingerprints, and in fact many customers choose to have their personalised jewellery made from adult fingerprints.
How safe is the moulding putty you use?
My impression kits use a completely non-toxic moulding putty. The putty is perfectly safe to use with children, although common sense and safety must prevail — for example, do not let children eat the putty!
What happens to the used moulds? Can I re-use them for future fingerprint jewellery orders?
As a fingerprint is a form of identification, Cheeky Little Prints do not keep the impression moulds once the jewellery has been made. All impression moulds are returned to you with your finished fingerprint jewellery. If you wish, you can keep the moulds in a safe place as they can be used again should you want to order further ite,s. For re-orders, simply contact us at the time of placing your new order to let us know you already have impression moulds. Once we receive the moulds we can get to work on creating your new fingerprint jewellery. Alternatively a new fingerprint can be taken using a fresh impression kit.
My dog/cat is very nervous — will it be difficult to get a paw print?
One of the reasons our range of paw print jewellery is popular is that it’s usually very straightforward to obtain the prints from your four-legged friend. The Inkless Pet Print Kits we send out are easy to use, and with no ink involved, they aren’t messy at all. You should be able to get a good paw print from even the shyest of pets. Simply pick a nice quiet time with your pet (perhaps when they are feeling sleepy), get them comfortable and then follow the instructions that are included in your kit.
I need my jewellery in a hurry — how long does the process take?
Your impression kit will be sent by first class post within 48 hours of receiving your order. Taking the impression is very simple and should only take a few minutes. Once I’ve received your impression, I confirm receipt and then begin crafting your piece. Your finished personalised jewellery will be sent to you by Royal Mail Special Delivery within 14 days of receiving your prints. If you have a specific date in mind — perhaps it’s a personalised gift such as handprint cufflinks for dad’s birthday — please make this clear when you place the order. I will let you know if it is possible to meet your deadline. I always do my best!
I’ve seen PMC mentioned on websites — what is it?
PMC stands for Precious Metal Clay. It’s the material we use to create our silver keepsake jewellery. PMC is a clay-like substance containing silver particles, an organic binder and water. During firing, the organic binder and water burn away leaving the metal particles to melt and fuse together. PMC is environmentally friendly as the silver comes from recycled sources such as photographic film and negatives.
How pure is the silver used to make the jewellery?
Your jewellery will be handcrafted from professional grade Art Clay Silver 950 (PMC). After firing, your jewellery will be 95% silver and 5% copper. This means that if it were to be hallmarked, it would meet the purity criteria for hallmarking as sterling silver in the UK. All jewellery findings and fittings (e.g. chains and cufflink fittings) are sterling silver unless otherwise stated.
Why is the jewellery not hallmarked?
Under current legislation, any silver items weighing less than 7.78 g do not need to be hallmarked. On average, the pendants, cufflinks and key rings etc used to create my jewellery weigh less than this and therefore don’t need hallmarking. You will find the sterling silver components of your jewellery e.g. chains and cufflink fittings are stamped with a 925 sterling silver quality mark.
How do I care for my silver personalised jewellery?
As with all jewellery it is advisable to remove it when using household cleaning products as these harsh chemicals can mark the sterling silver. The best way to clean your silver jewellery is to use an impregnated polishing cloth. Liquid silver cleaners should be avoided as these will remove the antiquing and change the silver’s appearance.
If you wear your jewellery on a daily basis or it comes into contact with other metals, such as keys, it is likely to scratch and show signs of wear, and fingerprint detail may fade. You are advised to regularly check all jewellery findings and fittings e.g. chain and bracelet clasps, jump rings and key rings to ensure they have not been subjected to wear and tear.