Taking smaller pieces of clay, start warming by kneading and working in your hands. Add additional pieces of clay while continuing kneading until the desired amount of clay is soft and pliable. Do not add water or microwave the clay polymer.
Once you have softened the clay, roll into a ball. You can now flatten and smooth the top of clay. You can use a rolling pin or a smooth glass jar to press and smooth clay into a patty.
How big your patty is determined by the size of paw print you will be taking. Make sure your patty is large enough to get all the pet's pads AND toenails. The best impressions are approximately 1/2" thick. Thicker impressions may not bake properly. Thinner impressions risk breaking during the casting process.
Place the prepared impression patty on a flat sturdy surface (i.e. plate, clipboard). Place the pet's paw in the center of the prepared impression patty. Take the impression by pressing down on the paw - making sure to press down on each of the pads AND each toenail.
It is important that you identify each impression with the pet's name either on the front or the back.
The depth of the clay impression does matter. Each pad and toenail should be clearly seen. Castings will not turn out well if the paw print impression is too shallow.
Left impression above shows the
preferred depth of impression.
Preheat oven to 275°F. Place clay impression on a metal baking sheet. Generally bake clay 15 minutes for every 1/2" thickness of clay. Check after 15 mins. Bake an additional 3-5 minutes if necessary. Impression is done when you cannot press your fingernail into the clay. Remove from oven and cool completely.
Do not use non-stick spray.
It is very important to properly identify each paw print impression. Marking each impression with pet's name and your facility name.
Log in and order the custom 3D Paw Print Plaque ~ selecting the custom options desired.
Hint: Place order only after the impression has been taken. This helps ensure an order is not placed without taking and submitting the impression for casting.
Once you have placed your order on-line, print your order confirmation and place a copy with your paw print impression. Make sure to package each impression so as to reduce the risk of breakage during shipping. When possible, you may ship multiple impressions at a time.
Note: Consider shipping impressions via a carrier that can be tracked like USPS Priority Mail.
Once paw print impressions are received in our production facility, you will receive a confirmation email verifying custom options ordered as well as the estimated completion and shipping date. Approximately 3 weeks from receipt in our facility.
Once our artisans have completed each custom 3D Paw Print Plaque, it is put through a 10-point quality check. We photograph each completed plaque and carefully package for shipping. Original impressions are returned with each plaque.
All completed plaques/paw print impressions are shipped via USPS Priority Mail (2-3 day delivery). Once shipped, an email will be sent with the tracking information.