If you want to master the art of creating fingerprint jewellery, then you are in the right place. Not only does it make an excellent present for newborns, but there is also a possibility of making some extra cash on the side with it. There is a huge demand for it, as the interest grows overtime. If you are ready to supply that demand, then you will find everything you need to get started right here, including information on the supplies needed to get started.
Stage 1 First of all, you need to find a flat surface and a plain piece of paper. Get your clay and roll it out using a plastic rolling pin. (A wooden one will leave prints from the wood) Once it is flat and ready to go, you need a fingerprint. Make sure their hand is not greasy, and get them to wash and dry it completely first. Then, gently place their hand or finger onto the clay and rock on it from side to side. Then remove the finger and check that the print is clear and filled out completely.
Stage 2 Your next job is to use a cutter and cut around the print to get the shape that you want. Take out the excess clay and save it for another day. You now have two choices. You can either leave the print to dry, or you can get a hairdryer to speed it along. Either way is fine, but make sure you leave it overnight if you choose to dry it naturally. When it is dry, use a nail board or something similar to make sure edges are smooth. It needs to be completely dry and smooth ready for the next stage.
Stage 3 Now it’s time for fire! Put the dry clay on a surface that is heat proof, and use a fire torch to heat it up. When it glows at a pinky/red colour, it is at the right temperature. Hold it at this temperature for a couple of minutes. When you think it is ready, drop it into a cup of water to cool off. Now, use a brass brush to scrub the white layer off it. If silver doesn’t appear, it means that you need to spend some more time heating it. When it is all finished, polish it using some polishing papers, and you are done.
Congratulations, you just made your first fingerprint jewellery. Pretty simply, right?
Daniel Blinman is writing on behalf of the keep sake co, who sell a range of fingerprint jewellery.