Tiny Toes and Sticky Fingers Jewellery
Dear Mummy, you’re not a massive jewellery wearer so it surprised me when you stumbled upon a local company at a table-top fair whose designs you liked. See, you’re drawn to quirky things and when it comes to the jewellery you wear, it is very minimalistic and funky. Your not a big fan of floral and delicate. It might have something to do with the fact that you’re a bit ‘grungy’ and wear black a lot! 😉
Tiny Toes and Sticky Fingers are a local company based in Basingstoke, Hampshire, they are one of the numerous imprint jewellery makers in the area, but what makes them stand out from their competitors is the unusual range jewellery products they ‘stamp’ on. Sheri, the owner, is a mother of two children and knows how important it is to capture your children growing up. Time goes too fast, so recording their little fingerprints/footprints in silver is a beautiful way to capturing that moment forever. A great heirloom for future generations too. She produces beautiful and individual pieces and is very passionate about her job. Everything is handmade, fired and locally produced and Sheri is a member of the Guild of Keepsake Artisans. She’s not part of a franchise either.
Each piece you see on her website is cast, engraved and polished to a very high standard. As its handmade it is also is very tactile and organic looking which adds to the appeal. Any irregularities are part of its charm.
We had a nice little chat with Sheri at Ainee’s Bazzar and we were impressed with one design in particular. It’s was a very simple rectangle column pendant called a Ingot Fingerprint Pendant which costs £95.00. My mummy was drawn to it instantly as it was so unusual. She liked the fact that my name could be added to the reverse too. The pendant and chain is made out of 92.5 sterling silver and has a good weight to it. The process to get it ordered was really simple. Tiny Toes and Sticky Fingers sent us out a print-taking kit.
We were sent the moulding kit to do ourselves in the comfort of our own home a couple of days later. It arrived in a little envelope with 3 clear pots and one side of A4 instructions.We had enough impression putty to take 3 impressions of each fingerprint and the full instructions were very helpful. We had to mixed the blue putty with the white putty between our fingers until it was soft and pliable. Then quickly I had to fingerprint it. I kept squirming and treated it like play dough…so once I had fingerprinted it, I wanted to squash it! DOH! Two attempts later we had a print. Thankfully we didn’t run out of moulding putty! Phew! We couldn’t really see how good it was, but sent it back in the envelope to Tiny Toes and Sticky Fingers once it had hardened (took about 10 minutes). We had to sign a form to say we were happy to proceed. Sheri used that little mould to create my mummy’s unique piece of jewellery. Depending how quick you are with getting the moulds back the whole process can take between 14 – 28 days.
We eagerly waited the finished article. It came through the letterbox a couple of weeks later and was presented in a beautiful gift bag and box. My mummy opened the box and was thrilled with it, however daddy said the imprint could have been clearer, but that’s as much to do with my fighting fingers and my mummy rolling and mixing the putty numerous times and not Tiny Toes and Sticky Fingers fault. It was enough to show my little finger print in the silver and that was enough for my mummy.
Daddy thought it looked like a dirty smudge on the pendant but my mummy was happy and as she has to wear it, that’s all that mattered. Even with few lines or undefined ones you still get a lovely finger shaped dimple imprint and I was fascinated with it and kept wanting to place my thumb in the imprint to compare. Tiny Toes and Sticky Fingers does say on their website that in most cases the fingerprint is very clear but it does depend on age and the depth of lines on the finger. Tiny babies will have less defined prints as the lines will not have developed.
It’s lovely that my mummy can wear a momentum of me around her neck and that it is abstract enough that you can’t instantly recognise what it is….a real selling feature for her. My mummy is now thinking of ordering more when I grow-up for Grandma and Grandpa.
If you’re looking for something standard and flawless then we would recommend going to HS Samuel, but it you are looking for something handcrafted, quirky and unusual then this is the place for you! The price is not cheap, but the memories attached to the experience of making the moulds and the end jewellery creation makes up for it. Everytime my mummy looks down at it she will remember the day we help make this piece of unique jewellery…and that’s priceless.
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Love Bella and her mummy x
Disclosure: We received the product in order to write an honest review.