Once we have received your order, we will send you out a simple to use kit to either take fingerprints, or hand/foot/paw prints. All kits are really simple to use (with no mess), with easy to follow instructions and we only provide safe, non-toxic materials for you to take your impressions. Kits also contains a prepaid envelope for you to send the finished impressions back to us. Take a look at our FAQs for more information on the different processes.
When your impressions arrive back with us at the studio, we will begin to transform these into your chosen jewellery design. We do this by using Precious Metal Clay (PMC). This clay is a truly amazing material, which whilst in its wet clay form can be moulded and sculpted and then when it dries can be sanded and refined. After this the piece is then fired in the kiln - this is where the amazing transformation actually happens!
Whilst the clay is firing the binding agents completely burn away, leaving behind 99.9% pure silver, the purest form of silver available. Once the jewellery comes out of the kiln we will then burnish the fired piece, antique the fingerprint for detail and hand polish to produce a high quality finished item.
If you have requested your item to be hallmarked (or if the item is a 3 print pendant which is automatically hallmarked due to legal requirements on weight) we will send this to the London Assay Office. The Assay Office then tests the item for purity and marks it as 999 (99.9% Pure Silver). Sterling Silver is marked as 925 (92.5% Pure Silver).
Once returned to us, we will give the piece a final polish and send it to you by Royal Mail Special Delivery, a traceable and insured postal service. Cufflinks and pendants will be gift boxed; charms will be presented in a jewellery gift bag.
Pure Silver is softer than Sterling Silver, and may mark if worn banging against other jewellery. We think this just adds to the natural beauty of the silver but with a little extra care your pure silver jewellery will stay looking like new for longer. We recommend cleaning Pure Silver with a soft cloth or silver cleaning cloth but never using abrasive cleaning fluids. In fact, Pure Silver needs much less cleaning than Sterling Silver and the more you wear it, the less it needs to be cleaned, in fact hardly ever!