Thursday, 17 March 2011

Fingerprint



It's not often that I post pictures of my fingerprint commissions but I liked the idea of the simple discs and interchangeable gem clusters requested by my most recent customer.

The silver clay I use to make make my jewellery, including these little silver pendants, is astonishing stuff - a ceramic that has particles of silver rather than particles of stone within it. Once the finger is pushed into the clay, dried and fired the impression is there forever. It's as though the clay has taken a snapshot of the unque detail and the smallness of the fingerprint. It's quite humbling really - I make the rest of the pendant pretty and etch in names and ages but the fingerprint itself is the star.

This was a special commission for the customer's friend - it was the friend's little ones whose fingerprints I cast. The recipient is unwell and the necklace was made to cheer her. It felt good to make something that might lift someone else's spirits.

P.S. There's free shipping to anywhere in my etsy shop at the moment.

17 comments:

Helen said...

What a lovely idea. Very simple and ver beautiful. x

Planet Penny said...

It's a lovely idea, I would khave loved to have had my childrens finger prints when they were babies! x

Cottage Garden said...

Your pendants make a unique and beautifully personal gift Emma. Your Etsy shop is lovely, a couple of items are on my wishlist!!

Jeanne
x

The Coffee Lady said...

The photo, my dear, is STUNNING

periwinkle said...

lovely idea and I'm sure it will indeed lift her spirits

crafts@home said...

Beautiful, and forever :)

The Cloth Shed said...

What a wonderful idea and so special too...
Julie x

greenrabbitdesigns said...

So pretty and so unique!
I love the idea of being able to change gems. :)
Vivienne x

Tara said...

Lovely sentiment behind those pendants, these ones in particular.

Thimbleanna said...

Oh Emma -- I so wish my boys were still little. I just LOVE this necklace -- so pretty!!!

by Teresa said...

Oh my goodness.. I sooooo want to get going with the silver clay thing but I'm afraid of the cost of kilns and things... should I be afraid to even think I could do it?

I'm doing a giveaway on my blog.. I hope you can hop over and see...

Hugs from Oregon, USA -- Teresa :-)

mandy said...

Love the fingerprint idea.... I'm following your tweets now!

Scented Sweetpeas said...

I certainly love my childrens fingerprints necklace. Love the idea of being able to change the gems on it.

Catherine said...

What a brilliant idea, how lovely

Rachel said...

A delightful idea!

urban craft said...

the fingerprint cast is really a special idea. I love how personal it is. Not something you can do on etsy, though. Bummer, cause it would be super popular.

personalised cufflinks said...

This is just so lovely.