Mothers Day: Gift Guide

Mothers Day: Gift Guide

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 11th March 2018 shouldn’t be either.

There is something for everyone.  Well, everyone that’s Impressive enough!

1. Gifts Under £25

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 2nd of March 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 25th February 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 25th February to guarantee your item is ready to be posted/collected in time for Mother’s Day.

3. Gift Vouchers

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.

4. 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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5. Miniaturised Charms of YOUR child

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! They are valid for one year, but if baby isn’t due for a while, I will add longer onto the voucher.

I've left it too late - HELP?

It’s never too late!! Why not order an item and have the print kit ready to take the impressions on Mother’s Day, 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 HERE 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 - 11th March 2018

If 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 11th 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

8 Creative and Meaningful Ways to Remember Your Loved Ones

8 Creative and Meaningful Ways to Remember Your Loved Ones

8 Creative and Meaningful Ways to Remember Your Loved Ones

A memory is never more precious than when we face losing a loved one.

Bereavement, whether it’s been an expected or untimely departure, is a difficult process. One of our biggest fears might be that we forget them. What if I forget what they looked like? The sound of their voice? The smell of their clothes? Their laugh?

We have to accept that they’ve gone, but that doesn’t mean they will ever be forgotten.

Creating personalised memorabilia can help bring comfort and remember the legacy of the person they commemorate.

How Can I help?

  • Would you like to know how I can help you capture and hold on to final memories?
  • Do you want to know what can be captured?
  • Have you lost someone in the past and thought it was now too late?

If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of those questions – keep reading.

8 Creative Memorial Ideas

  1. Lifecasting
  2. Miniaturised Casts
  3. Fingerprint Jewellery
  4. Hand & Footprint Jewellery
  5. Locks of Hair Memorabilia
  6. Cremation Ash Memorabilia
  7. Signature & Handwriting Jewellery
  8. Tattoos
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Lifecasting

You probably knew I did lifecasting, but you maybe didn’t know I regularly help families who have suffered a loss.

3D lifecasting is the art of moulding an exact replica of ourselves – usually our hands.  I capture and create a stunning piece of unique artwork, and let you cherish and hold onto a loved one’s hand after they have left us.

The name may suggest that life is needed but this art can still be done under certain circumstances after people pass away. Timing is vital for this to happen – early arrangements must be made to enable this option to be viable.

If circumstances allow you may be able to hold hands with your loved one or have them cast individually.

  • Can this be done prior to a person passing away? Yes.
  • How much will it cost? Approx £200+
  • Are there time limitations for this to be feasible? Yes, please speak to me before the person passes away, or within hours of them passing.
  • Are there location limitations – Yes. This requires me to meet with the deceased in person.  
  • Can this be offered for pets? Yes.
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Miniaturised Casts
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Miniaturised Casts

Once you’ve had a 3D cast created you then have the option to miniaturise this into a sterling silver piece of unique jewellery. Handmade by me. (Can also be done for pets that pass away)

  • Can this be done prior to a person passing away? Yes.
  • How much will it cost? From £300+
  • Are there time limitations for this to be feasible? No, not if the casts are already taken. Yes, if the casts still need to be taken.
  • Are there location limitations? If you need me to take the casts, yes. If you have casts made already by another lifecaster, No.
  • Can this be offered for pets? Yes.
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Fingerprint Jewellery

When we lose a loved one, we long to keep a hold of them forever.  By creating a fingerprint charm you can keep a cherished imprint from them and wear them with you forever.

I wrote a blog recently on my own experience with capturing fingerprints after we lose a loved one, you can read it here.

Fingerprint jewellery is a subtle and unique way to remember a person that we’ve lost. It can be done after a person dies, it is a non-invasive, gentle and quick process. The prints can be used now and repeatedly in the future with my methods of capturing them.

There is more information here if you’d like to create fingerprint jewellery. (Can also be done for pets that pass away – a paw pad or nose impression can be done)

  • Can this be done prior to a person passing away? Yes.
  • How much will it cost? From £45+
  • Are there time limitations for this to be feasible? Possibly. Each case is unique but most people (and pets) are able to have impressions taken prior to the funeral.
  • Are there location limitations? No. A kit can be posted with all you need to capture the fingerprint impression.
  • Can this be offered for pets? An impression of the nose can be taken.
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Hand & Footprint Jewellery (Paws too)

This style of jewellery lets you take a print from the hand or foot and shrink it down in size and imprint it onto jewellery. It can be done using a simple ink pad and paper but this is messy and leaves the hands and feet stained. There are much better options available that give a high definition print of the person you’re remembering which are clean and easy to do.

Having these images lets you create a range of jewellery ideas, imprinting into the silver or engraving metals.(Can also be done for pets that pass away)

  • Can this be done prior to a person passing away? Yes.
  • How much will it cost? From £55+
  • Are there time limitations for this to be feasible? Possibly. Each case is unique but most people (and pets) are able to have prints taken prior to the funeral.
  • Are there location limitations? No. A kit can be posted with all you need to capture the hand/foot/paw print.
  • Can this be offered for pets? Yes.
Capture a lock of precious hair, first curl or memorial piece and hold onto it for a lifetime of memories.
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Locks of Hair Memorabilia

Hair collecting is not a new idea, it began with the Victorians. Hair was a symbol of femininity and seen as a precious memento. It was popular before photography was widely available and more intimate than a memento of handwriting, a lock of hair was the ultimate connection with its owner.

Keeping a lock of hair in a locket or charm is a subtle way to hold onto a memory. I will be updating my website very soon with many new ideas – watch this space!

  • Can this be done prior to a person passing away? Yes.
  • 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.
  • Are there location limitations? No.
  • Can this be offered for pets? Yes.
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Cremation Ash Memorabilia

Incorporating cremation ashes into charms is becoming a popular jewellery option. It can create a beautiful lasting tribute after we’ve lost a loved one. The ashes can be encapsulated within glass or resin to create a unique piece of jewellery.

As with hair I offer a varied range of items and will also be adding these to my website shop too.

  • Can this be done prior to a person passing away? No.
  • How much will it cost? From £45+
  • Are there time limitations for this to be feasible? No, so long as you have the ashes.
  • Are there location limitations? No.
  • Can this be offered for pets? Yes.

Did you know YOU could become a Diamond?

Hair and cremation ash can also be used to create a manmade diamond…this isn’t something I can do, but it is possible…this video shows you how. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6aQPIK4sE58

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Signature and Handwriting Jewellery (Drawings too)

Sometimes circumstances just don’t allow for any of the previous options to be created. Did you know I can take a persons signature or handwriting and create you a charm with their writing?

It’s like wearing a message from the person, for a lifetime. A handwritten letter, birthday card or note. This can also be done with drawings or doodles. The original won’t be damaged in any way. Such a lovely way to add a personal touch to a charm.

  • Can this be done prior to a person passing away? Yes.
  • How much will it cost? From £55+
  • Are there time limitations for this to be feasible? No.
  • Are there location limitations? No.
  • Can this be offered for pets? If your dog can sign his name…Yes!
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Tattoos

No, before you ask, I am not a tattooist! But I can help you create the image you need to take to a tattooist if this is something you’d like to do. The process is the same as I use for creating the hand/foot/paw prints for jewellery, and I’m happy to help you capture these. (Please note these images are not mine. To find the image source/artist/photographer please click the image)

  • Can this be done prior to a person passing away? Yes.
  • How much will it cost? The kit costs £10
  • Are there time limitations for this to be feasible? Possibly. Each case is unique but most people (and pets) are able to have prints taken prior to the funeral.
  • Are there location limitations? No.
  • Can this be offered for pets? Yes.

Conclusion

Memories don’t have to fade and they don’t need to live in dusty boxes of old photographs stuffed in a cupboard. Losing a loved one certainly doesn’t mean we forget about them…on the contrary.

These 8 ideas are to inspire you to hold on to what is so Impressive about those that mean the most to us. To remember them, keep them near to us in our thoughts and touch & hold on to our memories today, and every day.

If you’d like to get in touch I’m happy to chat through any questions or queries you might have. My contact details are at the bottom of my website.

Related Links:

  • Losing My Mum  –  HERE
  • Making Memorial Fingerprint Jewellery – HERE
  • Thinking About Having Jewellery Made?  HERE

What should you consider when buying miniaturised cast jewellery?

What should you consider when buying miniaturised cast jewellery?

Miniaturised Life Cast Jewellery

Imagine being able to wear YOUR child’s casts, miniaturised into a luxurious piece of jewellery? These gorgeous little treasures might be small in size, but their impact is anything but. These will be certain to leave a lasting impression!

How Are These Even Possible?

Well, they are not as readily available as many other keepsake charms. They are a more elite product and they are a bigger financial investment too. You will firstly need a lifecaster and also a jeweller who knows how to create these.

How do you choose a maker?

I started to make ‘Tiny Treasures’ almost two years ago. They are the single most expensive item I am yet to create, and with good reason. These need lifecasting skills, technological investment and training and jewellery making skills.

The first examples I saw of these little miracles had me fascinated…as always, my mission at Impressive Memories is to create a beautiful product with a price that reflects that.

The first examples of this style of jewellery were (understandably) extremely expensive. The new mums heading home from Londons Portland Hospital were wearing them…why shouldn’t every new mum be able to?

Why am I more affordable than the small number of other makers of miniaturised charm jewellery?

My pricing is based not on what others charge, but on how much these miniaturised charms cost me to create. I know my method is different to the other makers because I developed it myself.

Before investing in these beautiful future heirlooms I would expect you to research other makers and compare them. I have chosen 2 companies, and myself, and answered 10 points that I think are important decision factors to choose the right maker for you. These are my personal views and all information is provided in good faith to be accurate. Before making any purchase I would advise speaking directly to each company.

Artu

Artu creates individual, contemporary and artistic portrait sculptures and bespoke heirloom jewellery.

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Photo credit: Artu

Impressive Memories

3D lifecasting, Bespoke Jewellery & Ceramics

miniaturised hand and foot charm

Wrightson & Platt

Capture precious moments with the world’s finest life-cast sculptors of babies’ hands and feet

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Photo credit: Wrightson & Platt

  1. How much do they Cost?
  2. What Payment Options are Offered?
  3. Choice of precious metals?
  4. Is the life casting Included?
  5. Making Duplicates
  6. Hallmarking
  7. How Long to Create?
  8. Are casts returned completed?
  9. Presentation & Aftercare
  10. How established is the company?

ARTU

How much do they Cost?

Single charm in Sterling Silver £370, Pair £654.

What Payment Options are Offered?

Website does not state

Choice of precious metals?

Silver, Gold & Bronze

Is the life casting Included?

Website doesn’t say

Making DuplicatesYes.

£185

Hallmarking Included?

Yes

How Long to Create?

Website doesn’t say

Are casts returned completed?

Website doesn’t say

Presentation & Aftercare?

Website doesn’t say

How established is the company?

Established 2012

IMPRESSIVE MEMORIES

 How much do they Cost?

Single charm in Sterling Silver £297, Pair £539.

What Payment Options are Offered?

Up to four split monthly payments to spread the cost and let you capture the moment. 

Impressive Memories online shop is protected by a secure https address and online purchases are made through Paypal, offering you their full protection. If you visit in person you can choose to pay by cash or I also accept most major credit & debit cards.

Choice of precious metals?

Sterling Silver

Is the life casting Included?

Yes, and an option to make further savings to frame the casts

Making Duplicates

Yes £243

Hallmarking Included?

The charms do not need to be hallmarked but can be.

How Long to Create?

Approx 4-6 weeks from casts being taken

Are casts returned completed?

Discount offered to complete and frame the casts

Presentation & Aftercare?

Personalised Luxury Packaging & Lifetime of cleaning

How established is the company?

Business Established in 2011, casting since 2003.

WRIGHTSON & PLATT 

How much do they Cost?

Pair of charms in Sterling Silver £1950.

What Payment Options are Offered?

Website does not state.

Choice of precious metals?

Sterling Silver, Rose/White/Yellow Gold

Is the life casting Included?

Website doesn’t say

Making Duplicates

Website doesn’t say

Hallmarking Included?

Yes

How Long to Create?

3-5 Months

Are casts returned completed?

Website doesn’t say

Presentation & Aftercare?

Website doesn’t say

How established is the company?

Business Established in 1999

Working in partnership

At Impressive Memories I invite reputable, experienced life casters to work in partnership, on a recommendation basis. If you are interested in joining my partnership please get in touch. Drop me a message and we can have a chat.

I do not make wholesale items or sell through a third party. I can cover most locations in the UK should you want to have casts taken by a recommended partner, then have your charm made by me.

 

If, in the unlikely event, you developed an issue with your miniaturised charm…I know every stage the charm went through to create, and it is my skills that bring the product to my customer. I do not rely on a third party. If an issue arose with an item ‘bought’ through a wholesale option, who would rectify any queries or issues? It would be worth checking any terms and conditions regarding this before you invest.

Further Information

I do not make Impressive Memories charms for anybody else to sell. If I make miniaturised charms by collaborating with a life caster elsewhere, you are still purchasing your miniaturised charm from Impressive Memories.

My work is handmade, by me. My method to make the charms is a method developed by me. I use some very high tech procedures, but I make my charms by hand. This means I cannot offer the same level of discount on duplicates because there is very little difference in making a duplicate to making an original.

If the more standard method of lost wax casting is used, then duplicating a charm is a much easier process – I do wonder then why the reduction in production costs isn’t significantly reduced for the customers?

I accept this may make my jewellery more expensive if buying multiples but my feelings are that each piece I make is never identical to another. I do not duplicate. My charms are all different, each and every one – just as your child is – 100% unique, so is your Impressive miniaturised charm.

I also offer miniaturised dog paw charms. If you’d like to replicate YOUR dogs paw into a charm, I can do this for you.

I accept these charms are more expensive than most that I make (fingerprint & miniprint charms), and babies are not cheap commodities! This is why I offer the split payments option. This means you capture the moment and then split the cost of your charm, safe in the knowledge the memory is impressively captured. I am not aware of other companies offering this, but cannot be certain.

Would you like to know more?

YES!! Tell me more about Tiny Treasures from Impressive Memories

I’ve lots more to tell you about ‘Tiny Treasures’! If you want to have a chat about them just get in touch. I’m happy to answer any questions you might have…If you know that you NEED these in your life RIGHT NOW…then go for it!!  Be Impressively bold and show the world how Impressed you are with YOUR

If you know that you NEED these in your life RIGHT NOW…then go for it!!  Be Impressively bold and show the world how Impressed you are with YOUR child’s beautiful miniaturised hand & foot charms.

If you want to have a chat about them just get in touch. I’m happy to answer any questions you might have…