Copy of Fingerprint Impression Tips
First up, make sure that your hands are clean and that you have a clean, hard surface to work on. If your skin is dry, you might want to apply a small amount of moisturiser. Then, remove the contents of the wax impression kit and place everything on your surface.
Heat the balls of wax one at a time by rotating them slowly in front of a hairdryer (on a low heat), or by dropping the wax into a bowl of hot (not boiling) water for 15-20 seconds. Take care not to melt the wax, it only needs to be soft enough to be malleable.
Roll the wax with your palms to ensure that the wax is as spherical as possible. This will help create a nice round shaped pendant.
Place the wax proof paper on top of the size guide. You may want to secure the two together with tape to prevent the wax proof paper from sliding over the size guide. Evenly press your finger onto the wax until it has filled the size template. The harder your press, the larger and flatter your pendant will be. Gently peel your finger up and off the wax.
Be sure to inspect your wax impression carefully (see tips below for what to look out for). If you’re not completely happy with your impression, follow the steps to melt your wax back into a ball and try again. You can do this as many times as you need to.
Once you’re completely satisfied with all three of your wax impressions, place them back into their tins. Take care not to leave any unwanted impressions in the wax. Using the stickers, choose your preference by numbering them 1-3. Send your impressions back to us using the pre-paid postage provided.
- To take a good impression, make sure your wax is warm enough. If the wax has not been warmed thoroughly, cracks and bubbles can appear. This will alter the quality of your pendant during the casting process. If you can see cracks or bubbles, reheat the wax and try again.
- It can sometimes be difficult to see whether you have taken a clear impression. As a general rule, if you can see the print with the naked eye, your impression is a good one. If you can’t see the impression with the naked eye, try taking a photograph of the print with flash. If you’re still unsure, send the image to firstname.lastname@example.org for us to take a look.
- If taking an impression from an infant under 12 months old, you may find that taking the impression from the crease of the finger yields a better result.
- To create a double sided impression, sandwich the wax between two fingers, pressing as evenly as possible.