How to order hand made lock of hair jewellery

How to order hand made lock of hair jewellery

How do I order lock of hair jewellery?

Have you decided you’d like jewellery created with a lock of hair but you’re not sure how it all happens?

At Impressive Memories, the process for making lock of hair jewellery is simple. I am always respectful of your precious lock of hair & will create unique and beautiful jewellery holding your most impressive memories.

Keep reading to find out what to do when you order lock of hair jewellery.

#1 Choose your jewellery

When you’ve chosen your Impressive Memories lock of hair jewellery via the website, it will ask you all the questions needed to create your keepsake.

Each piece can have several variations depending on how you’d like to create your jewellery. After you answer all the questions, then click ‘Add to Cart’.

To be able to make your jewellery I will need a small lock of hair sent to me. Find out what to do next...

#2 Postage Choices

To complete your order you can choose either 1st class postage or 2nd class postage at the checkout.

This will determine how your element kit is posted out to you, either via 1st or 2nd class via Royal Mail.

#3 Complete Your Order

Follow the payment instructions to complete your Impressive Memories order.

#4What happens next?

An element kit will be posted out to you to safely package a small amount of hair. If you are ordering more than one item using more than one set of hair, please let me know (by email) and I will send all you need.

Follow the instructions in your element kit and then return it to me in your prepaid return envelope provided.

If you wish to upgrade your postage please take your package to the Post Office and ask their advice.

(If your jewellery also includes another element you may receive more than one kit).

#5 How much hair do I send?

If possible send a lock that has a length of approx 3cm and a depth of 0.5cm. It the hair is light or white please send a little bit more. Don't risk sending all the hair you have, only send what you can. Any unused hair will be returned to you. Nothing is wasted.

If you have less hair don't worry - I can work with a single strand if that's what you have.

#6 Element Received

When your elements are returned to me you will receive an email confirming their safe arrival.

#7 Completed Jewellery

Once your jewellery is made it will be posted to you via Royal Mail Special Delivery. All unused hair will be returned to you. Absolutely no hair is wasted in the making process. 

When your jewellery is posted to you, you will receive an email with tracking information for your order.

If you still have questions, please get in touch and I'll be happy to help. Email me at [email protected] or call/text 07837800353.

Have an Impressive Day!!

Jen x

How to order handmade cremation ash jewellery

How to order handmade cremation ash jewellery

How do I order cremation ash jewellery?

Have you decided you’d like cremation ash jewellery created but you’re not sure how it all happens? 

At Impressive Memories, the process for making cremation ash jewellery is simple. I am always respectful of your precious cremation ashes & will create unique and beautiful jewellery holding your most impressive memories. Keep reading to find out what to do when you order cremation ash jewellery.

#1 Choose your jewellery

When you’ve chosen your Impressive Memories cremation ash jewellery via the website, it will ask you all the questions needed to create your keepsake.

Each piece can have several variations depending on how you’d like to create your jewellery. After you answer all the questions, then click ‘Add to Cart’.

To be able to make your jewellery I will need a small amount of cremation ashes sent to me. Find out what to do next...

#2 Postage Choices

To complete your order you can choose either 1st class postage or 2nd class postage at the checkout.

This will determine how your element kit is posted out to you, either via 1st or 2nd class via Royal Mail. 

#3 Complete Your Order

Follow the payment instructions to complete your Impressive Memories order.

#4What happens next?

An element kit will be posted out to you to safely package a small scoop of cremation ashes. If you are ordering more than one item using more than one set of ashes, please let me know (by email) and I will send all you need. 

Follow the instructions in your element kit and then return it to me in your prepaid return envelope provided.

If you wish to upgrade your postage please take your package to the Post Office and ask their advice.

(If your jewellery also includes another element you may receive more than one kit).

#5 Element Received

When your elements are returned to me you will receive an email confirming their safe arrival.

#6 Completed Jewellery

Once your jewellery is made it will be posted to you via Royal Mail Special Delivery. All unused cremation ashes will be returned to you. Absolutely no ashes are wasted in the making process. 

When your jewellery is posted to you, you will receive an email with tracking information for your order.

If you still have questions, please get in touch and I'll be happy to help. Email me at [email protected] or call/text 07837800353.

Have an Impressive Day!!

Jen x

Covid -19 and Impressive Memories

Covid -19 and Impressive Memories

Covid -19 and Impressive Memories

Unless you’ve been living under a stone recently you will be well aware that Covid-19 is making its unwelcome presence increasingly well known amongst us.

Until such times as we know more, or have further guidelines, I would like to take this opportunity to keep customers informed as to how I am dealing with the impact of the Coronavirus here at Impressive Memories.

Due to the nature of my work which often involves contact with new & young babies/children, people with serious & terminal illness, elderly customers and pets, I already follow procedures to ensure a clean and safe environment for anyone visiting. 

Making a Booking

You are still very welcome to make a booking. If you then feel unwell and wish to amend your booking you are welcome to do this via the link in your confirmation booking up to 48 hours before. If you should develop symptoms within the 48 hours before your booking please contact me on 07837800353 and we will discuss the safest options for us all. 

Visiting the Studio

If you have a prearranged booking please arrive and enter the studio by the main studio doors (not my personal front door/doorbell). If you arrive early and other customers are still here, please wait in your car in the driveway until others leave and I have had time to wipe down surfaces and floors with appropriate cleaning materials. 

As much as I want you to enjoy your visit and for it to be a thoroughly enjoyable and memorable experience, could I please ask (in the short term) that only essential people come to the appointment. You are more than welcome to take photographs or videos to share with friends and family while you are here. Let’s also keep bags etc to a minimum. 

I have antibacterial hand wipes which we will all use on arrival. Or you can bring your own if you prefer. 

Jewellery and display items (which are cleaned regularly anyway) will still be here but (in the short term) these should not be handled.

Again, in the short term, no toilet facilities will be offered during your visit. (Please don’t pee on my daffodils either - thanks)

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If you do not have a prearranged booking please do not arrive unannounced. 

Home Visits

For the foreseeable future, home-visits will not be offered. 

Memorial/Bereavement Call Outs

These are unaffected yet. I will be following the guidance of those within the medical/funeral industry. As ever, each case is decided on an individual basis and will continue that way until further guidance is offered. 

Collecting Completed Orders from Impressive Memories

We will have prearranged the date and time for you to collect your completed orders. Please be punctual and follow the same advice as above - if you arrive and others are here, please wait outside until they have left, before entering via the main studio doors.

Waving and smiling are still allowed.  

Online Orders

Element/Fingerprint kits

If you are posting fingerprints/elements back to me I trust that you have done all you can to maintain a safe and clean environment whilst capturing the prints/elements. Please consider your safety and mine, as I do the same before sending items to you.

Delivery of Completed Orders

At this stage 15.03.2020, Royal Mail has not made any changes to their Special Delivery service, but they have changed the process used to sign for your packages. As far as I am aware your postie will not ask you to digitally sign but they will do this on your behalf. This signature will still be the indicator that your parcel has been delivered successfully.

If you have any concerns about this and wish to postpone the delivery of your order please contact me asap. 

You will still receive an email the day your item is posted, with your tracking code, and it will arrive by 1pm the following day.

CONCLUSION

I’m approaching this with as much common sense as I can. It is a strange situation we find ourselves in and we can only do our best to keep the impact of the virus to a minimum. 

If you have any concerns or questions you are welcome to contact me by email [email protected]

It goes without saying that I will continue to do everything I can to help you capture your Impressive Memories. I would ask that you are honest and open with me during the coming weeks (months?) and that we work together, under the guidance of medical/professionals to ensure your safety and mine. 

Stay safe, I’m sure normality will return soon! 

Jen x



Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2020

Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2020

What do you buy your mum on Mother’s Day?

Flowers? Always a favourite, but they are expensive and last only a few days…Chocolates? They are always welcome, but somehow just don’t feel ‘enough’. Wine is also welcomed, but it lasts even less time than the chocolates, let alone the flowers!!

Would you like a gift that is totally unique, handmade for mum, inspired by the very person (or persons) who made her a mum in the first place?

Maybe you are a mum yourself and you’d like to ‘help’ someone choose the right gift for you – share this with them and start hinting!

You’re in the right place!

Every mum is different and she deserves a present as unique as she is. Mums aren’t mass produced, and the gift that she’s given on the 22nd March 2020 shouldn’t be either.

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There is something for everyone.  Well, everyone that’s Impressive enough!
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1. Gifts From £15

Want to make an impression but not burst the bank?

Book an appointment to come along and get creative! Bring along some little hands and feet and create a gift for Mum, Gran, Aunty…YOURSELF.  No mess and stress of visiting a busy ceramic cafe. I’m here to help, guide, inspire you to create something that’s simply beautiful. I can give as much or as little to help as you wish.

Please book before Friday 6th of March for Clay Impressions, of Friday 14th of March for ceramic mugs/plates/clocks to guarantee your item is ready to collect in time for Mother’s Day.

2. Handmade Jewellery

Handmade jewellery can be made for Impressive Mums.  Distance is not a problem…all jewellery can be made by posting out a kit for you to take the prints for me. If you live nearby you can book an appointment and I can take them for you.

Please book an appointment before 10th March to guarantee your item is ready to collect in time for Mother’s Day.

Online/web orders must be placed prior to this, and all elements returned to me by the 10th March to guarantee your item is ready to be posted/collected in time for Mother’s Day.

Fingerprint Jewellery in Sterling Silver & Golden Moments...

Ink Print Jewellery in Sterling Silver & Golden Moments...

Rings & Earrings...

3. Golden Fingerprint Jewellery

If Mum prefers a golden charm to silver, this could be perfect!

  • Costs almost the same as silver.
  • Golden Moments are not a precious metal
  • Charms do not need Hallmarked.
  • They are a solid golden metal alloy NOT PLATED and will not wear off
  • All metals will tarnish – this will too – but a cleaning cloth and a gentle wipe will bring it back to its shining glory.
  • I’ll give you a free cleaning cloth!
  • It is a very robust and strong metal – it will not scratch or damage easily.
  • Golden Moments are better suited to more defined fingerprints – so toddlers through to adults, and pets too! Miniprints will suit better for babies.
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Would you like to see the Impressive Jewellery Catalogue?

Browse the full range of jewellery by downloading the catalogue – then start hinting heavily!!

Personalised & unique hand made jewellery catalogue

4. Gift Vouchers

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Choose a Gift Voucher and let mum be part of the creative fun!

If you’re quick you might still manage to grab an appointment as near to Mother’s Day as possible…capture a memory to treasure for a lifetime.

Vouchers can also be used for jewellery and ceramic orders. Online and at appointments too.

5. **NEW** Gift Experiences

Are you looking for more than just a gift? What about an Gift Experience? Treat someone to a day out they are sure to remember.

And don’t worry if you’re also in a bit of a hurry – These downloadable gift experiences are AVAILABLE INSTANTLY, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

With the click of a button, you can gift the recipients the opportunity to capture a lifecast to create a memorable, tangible, moment in time.

6. Miniaturised Charms of YOUR child

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Are you looking for a truly Impressive gift?

These solid Sterling Silver charms are miniaturised from your child’s hand and foot!! How awesome is that?

The price might look high, but if you investigate this style of jewellery you will find that only a handful of people in the UK can offer these, and nobody (that I am aware of) is doing them for as good a price!

These charms are made entirely by myself – I have developed my own technique that is different to the rest of the UK market.

This doesn’t mean they are only limited to my local clients because I am building a network of lifecasters who will be on hand to help create the initial lifecasts. (I need the lifecast as the first stage in creating these).

Find out more about these Impressive ‘Tiny Treasures’…with split payments, they are much more affordable than you may think, and such a talking point!

Got a question?

I’m sure you have lots of questions. Here are a few I’ve been asked recently…(click on the question to see the answer). If you’d like to know anything – just ask!

I live too far away - can I order anything?

Yes, all jewellery can be made by posting out a kit for you to take the initial prints.  You may even have hand/footprints already that I can use…best to get in touch and ask.  Call me on 07837800353 or email [email protected] 

My budget is under £25 can you help?

Yes, I have lots of ceramic options for you to create in this budget.  Take a look…

I am a mum of many...can jewellery combine more than one child?

Yes, I have lots of jewellery designs that can show off your impressive children no matter how many you have!

Do you have any gift ideas for 'mum-to-be'?

Gift Vouchers are a perfect idea! Let the new parents decide what they’d like to create once their little bundle arrives.

I've left it too late - HELP?

It’s never too late!! Have you seen my NEW GIFT EXPERIENCES? They are available 24/7 and fully downloadable gift option!

Or why not order an item and have the print/impression kit ready to take the impressions on Mother’s Day – with the Impressive Mum, then have your piece made. You waited 9 months for a baby, you can wait a fortnight for your jewellery 😉

I'm a mum to an angel, can I have anything made?

If you have ink prints or hand/footprints I can turn these into jewellery for you. The originals will come to no harm.  I also make memorial keepsakes from locks of hair and cremation ashes too.

Drop me an email if you’d like me to help [email protected]  or call for a chat on 07837800353.

My mum has passed away, could I remember her on Mother's Day?

Take a look at my Memorial & Bereavement Memories Page. Also HERE is another blog with suggestions too – and see if you’d like to remember your mum with any of these ideas. Drop me an email if you’d like me to help [email protected]  or call for a chat on 07837800353.

Mother's Day - 22nd March 2020

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2020 19If you’re a mum, a step-mum, a foster mum, an adopted mum…If you’ve been a mum, you’ll be a mum soon, or you had an awesome mum who’s now passed…

If you’re able to go and hug your mum and tell her how amazing she is on the 22nd of March – do it!!

And not just on this one day, because mums never stop being mums…

Be sure to make their day Impressive and filled with Memories.

Happy Mother’s Day from me,

Jen xxx

Lifecasts – When is the best age to create them?

Lifecasts – When is the best age to create them?

When is the best age for a life casting?

 

This is the question I am asked the most and it's a really good question to ask. The problem is the answer is not that simple.

It's too late to capture today, if it's already tomorrow.

"I wish I'd done this when my children were smaller"

"I'd give anything to hold those newborn feet again"

"You forget so quickly how small they once were, don't you?"

"I wish I'd known I could have done that - now it's too late"

But when is the best age to capture a lifecasting? Well, that depends - I'm not being noncommittal. It depends on WHAT you want to cast, and WHY.

Why do you want life casts?

What will you have lifecast?

Why now?

What memory are you capturing?

Why might waiting be better?

What would I regret if I didn't do this?

Why should you NOT wait

There are no age limitations on my life castings.

What I can’t do is pause time, or go back in time...that would be pretty clever...

Being prepared and being organised is the key to successfully holding onto YOUR Impressive Memories.

I noticed on a website that the caster wouldn't cast babies older than 6 months, "due to them being unsuitable" - Seriously? It's most definitely THAT life caster who is unsuitable, it is certainly NOT your baby.

There are NO AGE LIMITATIONS to lifecasting - young or old. 

Another company claims that babies who "don't cooperate" will have to pay extra if more casting material is needed, AND return another day!  - I would never expect my customers to pay extra because their baby had wriggled! Wriggling is NOT a problem - in fact, I encourage it!!

Do not worry about anything like this happening at Impressive Memories! In my 16 years, I've never been unable to cast anyone or anything that's been to me for lifecasting!!

Baby Lifecasting

As a new parent, you'll want to treasure every second of your precious little bundle. They grow so so quickly, don't they? You just want to pause time and enjoy the moment - but it's also great fun watching them grow, and change and become little people. Lifecasting lets you capture that moment in time. Photographs are great but lifecasts let you actually touch and hold those memories.

Why Is Now The Right Time?

There could be many reasons. I would always say there is never a wrong time to capture a moment with a lifecast. It's a great way to remember a special anniversary or milestone, but in reality, we should treasure every day we have. Not just special occasions.

Why might waiting be better?

If proud Grandparents are also keen to have baby lifecasts and keepsakes, it can be a good idea to do them at different ages to yours.  If you have newborn casts taken, they could wait until your baby is 6 months old...then you can compare and see how they've grown.

Why should you NOT wait?

Once the moment has passed it can never come back. Don't let memories fade - keep holding them!

Don't be left with regrets, wishing you'd done it.

Whenever I take a lifecast for you, we are creating a tangible snapshot of that moment in time.

Here are some of the benefits and possible disadvantages of casting different ages. For more [email protected] on baby lifecasting I have another blog here.

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Lifecasting is NOT just for Babies!

A common misconception is that only babies can create lifecasts

When it comes to lifecasting adults the emphasis isn't on those cute little baby wrinkles anymore.

Our hands are so unique and instantly recognisable as those they belong to.

What we're doing when we cast adult hands is recognising and honouring those in our lifecast.

We're telling the world that this person is important to us and that we want to capture the connections, love and respect we have for them.

With the level of detail captured you can create a unique family heirloom. Imagine passing your lifecast down through the generations.

As we live in a digital age of no longer printing and storing photographs - How are YOU going to show future generations where they originated? Imagine letting them touch, hold and feel the hands of generations that came before them?

 

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Memorial Lifecasting

Memories are never more precious than when we lose a loved one.

Lifecasting can still be done but it is vital that you contact me as soon as possible.

I cannot guarantee it will always be possible but I can guarantee that I have the skills, experience and industry requirements to do this for you.

I am more than happy to discuss this option with you if it is something you would like to know more about.

But when IS the best time to take lifecasts?

Hmmm There just isn't an answer to this is there?

Hopefully, I've helped you think about what YOU want to capture and why?

  • Newborn Babies
  • Chubby 6 month old hands and feet
  • Birthdays
  • Milestones
  • Introducing a New Sibling
  • Recognising a family connection
  • Wedding Hand Clasp
  • Anniversary
  • Elderly relative whose hand holds a lifetime of memories
  • Loved one who has passed
  • Don't forget PETS too!

I don't think there is such a thing as a 'Best Time'.  Whatever you cast, and whenever I cast it, we are taking a tangible snapshot of that moment.

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So What are you waiting for?

Make a booking today to capture YOUR Impressive Memories

Gold Fingerprint Jewellery

Gold Fingerprint Jewellery

Gold Fingerprint Jewellery

Fingerprint jewellery is such a unique way to wear bespoke jewellery. Made just for you, it can capture a moment, milestone or a memory, for you to treasure it for a lifetime.

What is your favourite jewellery to wear? Do you like warm golds or cool whites and silvers? What about rose gold? Do you mix your jewellery up or always keep to the same precious metals?

There are so many choices, aren't there?

You may have noticed there are a lot of people offering silver fingerprint jewellery, but not as many offering gold.

I get asked a lot for gold fingerprint jewellery, especially rose gold, but the issue has always been the price.

The problem is that gold is a very expensive precious metal.

What if there was an alternative solution?

  • Are you considering investing in gold fingerprint jewellery?
  • Do you love the idea of fingerprint jewellery but usually find it’s made in silver, which you don’t wear?
  • Have you looked online and found that gold fingerprint jewellery is possible, but the price tag is way over your budget?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of those questions – keep reading…

Golden Moments by Impressive Memories

medium golden ink print fingerprint charm

This charm is made from an INK FINGERPRINT.

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These stacked charms are created from PUTTY FINGERPRINT IMPRESSIONS.

How have I solved the problem and made gold fingerprint jewellery as affordable as silver?

At Impressive Memories, my aim is to create beautiful, high-quality products. I pride myself on using the best materials and creating work of a very high standard.

At the same time, I also appreciate that the budget is important.

A solid gold hallmarked, fingerprint charm will cost approximately £500 to make. There are many jewelers who can do this for you.

My solution gives you a golden charm with all the beauty of gold but will cost you much less, almost a tenth of the price – Golden Moments charms start at just over £60.

I've made gold fingerprint jewellery affordable: How?

  • Hallmarked gold is a precious metal made in 9ct, 18ct & 21ct depending on the amount of 'pure' gold mixed into an alloy of metals. My Golden Moments range is an alloyed metal but does not contain traditional gold. 
  • My Charms do not need Hallmarked. Traditional gold over 1g in weight is required by law to be assayed and hallmarked by an Assay Office. I am registered with the Edinburgh Assay Office. This allows me to have my work hallmarked if I need to.
  • My Golden Moments are a solid golden metal alloy, not plated, the ‘gold’ will not wear off. Gold plating another metal to give a 'coating' of gold is a temporary solution to wanting a gold finish.
  • All metals will tarnish – this will too – but a cleaning cloth and a gentle wipe will bring it back to its shining glory (I’ll give you a free cleaning cloth). 
  • Golden Moments are very robust and strong – they will not scratch or damage easily.
golden inkprint fingerprint triple charm

These stacked hearts are created from INK FINGERPRINTS

A handmade golden charm with an imprint of a childs hand or foot.

HAND & FOOT prints, PAW prints too, can be worn on your golden jewellery.

What do I need to create Golden Moment Fingerprint Jewellery?

  1. An INK PRINT of the fingerprint, hand, foot or paw print. I have the kit you need to do this cleanly and easily.
  2. A FINGERPRINT IMPRESSION in putty. I have the kit you need to do this cleanly and easily.

3 Reasons why Gold is different to Silver

  1. can make you a charm in genuine gold using a similar technique to silver, but it would cost more than £500 for me to make.
  2. Alternatively, fingerprint charms can be made in gold using a much older technique. The process of ‘lost wax’ is thousands of years old…a beautifully skilled method. Again, the cost for a gold charm is usually upwards of £500. If you have that budget then there are many excellent jewellers who can make you a gold, fingerprint charm.
  3. Hallmarking is another cost implication. Any gold jewellery over 1g in weight must legally be hallmarked (the legal weight for silver is higher at 7.78g).  The Edinburgh Assay website can answer all those questions.
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Are Golden Moments right for me?

Perfect for you if –

  • You’d rather spend £60 than £500
  • You wear gold jewelry not silver
  • You have a fingerprint in mind that you’d like to be wearing
  • I already have your fingerprints from a previous order
  • You need strong, hardwearing jewellery that goes where you go – in the shower, swimming, chewed by your todder…yup, they ALL do it!
  • You deserve a touch of luxury in your life, without bustin’ the bank balance

NOT Perfect for you if –

  • You’d rather spend £500 on a hallmarked solid gold charm.
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Are you ready to start creating YOUR golden jewellery today?

From the comfort of your home, you can order your Golden Moments charm today.

I will post out a kit for you to capture the prints that I need, so distance is not a problem.

Or you’re more than welcome to make a booking and come and visit me, and I can take the prints for you.

 

Cremation Ash Jewellery

Cremation Ash Jewellery

Cremation Ash Jewellery

Cremation ashes can make you a beautiful and unique piece of jewellery, with a look that is as subtle as you want it to be. Cremation ash jewellery can bring comfort if you are grieving the loss of a loved one. It lets you capture a moment and hold it close when you need it the most.

I appreciate this is a bit of a ‘Marmite’ topic, isn’t it? You might love the idea or hate it…

I get it, I do…but if it’s something you’re not sure about, or you haven’t seen the results of making cremation ashes into jewellery then please take a look…maybe you’ll like what you see. Please feel free to comment below on your thoughts and feelings (please be polite and respectful at all times). 

Cremation ashes all vary a great deal – colours & textures. If you think of cremation ashes as being similar to the sand on the beach…from coloured pebbles to super smooth pure white sand…ever changing and always unique.

I think they give the effect of a beautiful stone – what do you think?

Cremation Ashes hold a beautiful spectrum of natural colours and every example is as unique as the memory it is creating.
  • What do I need to be able to do this?
    You just need a spoonful of cremation ash, often less.
  • How much will it cost?
    From £49+
  • Are there time limitations for this to be feasible?
    No, so long as you have the ashes there is no time limit on being able to create jewellery.
  • Do I need to be able to visit your studio in person?
    No. This can all be done online and through postage (see below). Distance is no problem – keep reading to find out how you can order yours.
  • Can this also be offered for pets?
    Yes. Pet ashes can be used too. 

I have many other pieces of jewellery that can also hold cremation ashes, but as yet I don’t have photographs which are shareable. When I make these it is at the families discretion whether the images are shared. Due to the personal nature they often choose not to.

The following products can also make cremation ash jewellery…

Concerns or Worries…

How do I know that these are definitely the ashes that I send?
  • I only work exclusively on ONE order of cremation ashes at a time. Each item is handmade by me in my studio, undisturbed in a safe and purpose-built environment.
How safe are my ashes while you are working with them?
  • The safety of your cremation ashes is of utmost consideration when in my care.
  • Your ashes are stored with your order paperwork and again have their own designated area at all times.
  • Ashes are touched only by tweezers and individually placed and set within your jewellery. All equipment is cleaned thoroughly between orders.
  • It would be virtually impossible for my system to go wrong and I treat your cremation ashes with the utmost of respect. They never leave the container/sealed bag that you send me.
  • I don’t ever transfer the ashes into anything else. There is absolutely no waste. Everything that is not used is returned back to you along with your impressive jewellery.

If you have any questions or queries, no matter how small, please just ask…I’m human! I’m here and I’m happy to answer any questions you might have…go on…ask me!!

How do I order?

Ordering ONLINE

If you order online, follow the various options on the item you are ordering and add it to your basket.

For postage options choose EITHER –

a. All inclusive – I will send you out a prepaid, ready to return box for you to send me the cremation ashes. You may wish to upgrade the postage to return the ashes to me, for their own safety during transit. Proof of postage should always be requested but think about the consequences if anything were to happen to the ashes.

b. Arrange delivery of the ashes yourself and opt for the £7.95 Special Delivery option to return your finished jewellery back to you when completed.

Legally it is no problem to post up to 50g of cremation ashes via Royal Mail.

How do I order?

Ordering IN PERSON

If you’d like to order in person, make a booking to come to my studio HERE.

When you come to your appointment bring with you the cremation ashes. It’s best to keep it in a sealed plastic envelope.

If you have an idea or a request that isn’t shown, please just ask…it may be possible to create something unique, exactly what you are looking for.
If you’d like advice on any aspect of creating jewellery with locks of hair…please ask.
Best Wishes,
Jen x

TESTIMONIALS

“I wear mine every day without fail, and I can’t imagine not wearing it now.

It keeps me sane a lot of days and it helps more than I thought a little locket ever could ❤”

Louise

Learn More

If you’d like to know more about what happens at Impressive Memories…head on over to the ‘Learning Centre’ and take a look!

Family Hand Casting

Family Hand Casting

Family Hand Casting

When it comes to capturing memories, who better to do it with than your very own family?

Who would YOU create a family hand clasp with?

Whatever combination our families are made up of – whether it’s mums, dads, stepfamilies, brothers, sisters, grandchildren or even our pets…Who better to capture a memory with than those that stick by us through thick and thin?

A Memorable Family Casting…

Back in November 2017 I was awaiting the arrival of my last lifecasting appointment before Christmas. I was exhausted, up to my eyes in hands, feet and fingerprints, the phone never stopped ringing and I remember thinking “Just one more…just one more…you can do this…”

The car arrived…

Out gets one young man, followed by another…and another…the lady driving gets out, as does the gentleman in the passenger seat…

Where was the baby???

This wasn’t a baby casting…it was a very poignant family casting.

Mum had organised a hand casting for three sons and their Dad.

**usually once you make a booking I get in touch and we have a chat about what you’d like created…somehow in the festive madness, I hadn’t done this…I should have known it wasn’t a baby arriving!! I’ve now amended this on my website…

family hand cast 1
family hand cast 2
family hand cast 3

Here we are trying to organise the four of them. What a giggle they all had trying to arrange themselves.

Sadly, the reason this family were capturing a memory was due to David (Dad) having a terminal illness and a prognosis of only weeks to live.

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Locks of Hair made into jewellery

Locks of Hair made into jewellery

Locks of Hair Memorabilia

Have you kept that first lock of hair from your baby?

Or

Are you holding onto a treasured lock from a loved one that you’ve lost?

Keeping a lock of a person’s hair is not a new idea, it began back with the Victorians. Hair was seen as a precious memento, and it still is…

Why is this a problem?
Well, let’s be honest – how many of us just have it tucked away in a ‘safe’ place? hidden away and not seen and enjoyed…
Instead of leaving it to lie in a dusty old drawer, why not create something beautiful to last a lifetime?
  • What do I need to be able to do this?
    You just need a little lock of hair (or pet fur)
  • How much will it cost?
    From £45+
  • Are there time limitations for this to be feasible?
    No, so long as you have a lock of hair there is no time limit on being able to create jewellery.
  • Do I need to be able to visit your studio in person?
    No. This can all be done online and through postage. Distance is no problem – keep reading to find out how you can order yours.
  • Can this also be offered for pets?
    Yes. A lock of pet fur can be a lovely way to remember a treasured and loved pet.

Keeping a lock of hair in a locket or charm is a subtle way to hold onto a memory – take a look…

How do I order?

Ordering ONLINE

If you order online, follow the various option choices on the item you are ordering and add it to your basket.

Choose your postage option.

I will post out an element kit for you to wrap the hair and post back to me. I will email to confirm once it’s been returned, then email again when your jewellery is made to let you know it will arrive via Royal Mail Special Delivery the following day by 1pm.

How do I order?

Ordering IN PERSON

If you’d like to order in person, make a booking to come to my studio HERE.

When you come to your appointment bring with you the lock of hair. It’s best to wrap it in a piece of tissue and keep it in a sealed envelope.

If you have an idea or a request that isn’t shown, please just ask…it may be possible to create something unique, exactly what you are looking for.
If you’d like advice on any aspect of creating jewellery with locks of hair…please ask.
Best Wishes,
Jen x

TESTIMONIALS

“I wanted something personal of my mum I could wear and it holds a very precious memory. It brings me comfort knowing I have a little piece of mum with me always”

Pamela

“I wear mine every day without fail, and I can’t imagine not wearing it now. It keeps me sane a lot of days and it helps more than I thought a little locket ever could ❤”

Louise

Learn More

If you’d like to know more about what happens at Impressive Memories…head on over to the ‘Learning Centre’ and take a look!

Be your own boss

Be your own boss

Impressive Memories

What's it like to run your own business?

What was your dream job when you were growing up? Did you ever think about becoming an entrepreneur?

If you could change your job now – would you?

I received a letter recently asking me about being self-employed…

be your own boss

At Glenwood High School one of the S3 elective subjects is “Be your own boss”. The class have been learning about entrepreneurs and were asked to make contact with a local small business. One of the students decided to get in touch and ask a few more questions about Impressive Memories.

I’d have loved to be taught about being self-employed when I was at school.

Not only did I have no idea what job I wanted to do when I was 14, I don’t think being self-employed was even mentioned as being a possibility.

Could this mean more students will become entrepreneurs?

Here are the questions Mollie asked me…

Questionnaire

Name of business:

Impressive Memories – where I make your memories tangible. To touch, hold & treasure for a lifetime.

Reason for choosing the name:

Initially, I called my business Impressive Babies because I predominantly worked only with babies and I took their impressions…which were impressive. As my business progressed I didn’t only work with babies but children, adults and pets too, I was also creating jewellery and ceramics – the name no longer felt right…so in 2011 I changed it to Impressive Memories.

The name to me means I capture memories, through impressions – and I still always aim to be Impressive!

When did you start the business?

I started lifecasting when my daughter Erin was born in 2003. I created casts for friends and family for several years. In 2011 I registered my business with HMRC and officially became self-employed.

Why did you start the business?

I wanted to capture memories of my daughter as she grew up, then realised other people wanted to do this too.

I enjoyed helping people hold on to tangible memories of moments that were important to them. I wanted to prove to myself that I could make a living doing something I loved with no one telling me what to do!

How long did it take to start the business?

Initially, I started my business working only part-time on it, while still teaching part time too. Soon it became clear that both jobs needed more hours than I had, and I needed to decide how to go forward.

The dream of being 100% self-sufficient sat in the back of my mind until 2013 when I started working in the funeral industry capturing memories for families who’d lost a loved one. It made me realise that life is short, often shorter than we’d expect. You only get one life and I knew I’d regret it if I DIDN”T go for it. I kept asking myself “What are you waiting for?” It’s easier to make excuses and NOT do something

I knew I wanted to work on my business full time but it is a scary prospect to leave a secure career, with a salary, a pension and stability. As a solo parent, I had no backup plan and had to make a lot of changes if I was to make my business a success.

In 2014 I resigned from my teaching career and decided to focus 100% on Impressive Memories.

Do you enjoy being self-employed?

Yes, I love being self-employed. It’s hard work…constantly, the hours are long and it’s hard to switch off and stop working – especially because I work from home. It is a rollercoaster and no two days are ever the same…or predictable, which I really like. I have no intentions ever to work for anyone else again.

If you could go back would you change anything?

I wouldn’t change anything I’ve done. I have always made the best decision I can, at that time. You never know what’s ahead of you, and you can’t change what’s already happened so you should always trust your gut instinct and do your best…that’s all you can ever do.

Is it easier having your own business than working for someone else?

Neither option is easier or harder than the other, just different.

Being your own boss needs more than just the ability to create the product your service you plan to sell. You need self-discipline, a lot of hard work, tenacity, determination and bucket loads of courage.

Running a business successfully you have to become an expert in so many different things…not just making/doing the thing you think you’re good at!

Possibly the biggest misconception people have about being self-employed is that you can do what you want, when you want and never have to do things you don’t like to do…erm…WRONG! The only thing I outsource is my accounting & tax…everything else I do myself. From CEO to cleaner.

I can only spend about 20% of my time actually doing the hands-on making of products, 80% of my time is taken up running the business properly.

I have had to learn about finances, accounting, marketing, time management, advertising, IT, web design, budgets, investment, communication, customer care and not forgetting all the laws surrounding your industry too.

Would you recommend starting a business to other people?

Deciding what to do in life is a decision only you can make. What’s right for me might not be right for someone else.

My advice would be to ask yourself “What’s the worst that can happen?” if you can answer every single question and scenario, and be brutally honest, then you’ll know if you can do it, or not.

Small business survival rates are as high as 91 per cent after one year of trading, but after five years just four in ten small businesses will still be trading.

If you think you’ve got what it takes – go for it!
I did and I love it.

Have an Impressive week!

Best wishes

Jen x

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