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My Cherished Paws 3D Paw Prints capture the unique and intricate details of each pet's paw print that a basic clay impression cannot.

Easy

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Using a basic paw print impression taken at your facility, we create a casting that transform the basic impression into a detailed 3D paw print.    Our finished 3D paw print  is an heirloom quality memorial product your clients will be glad you offer in addition to your standard paw print offerings.  

Your Material or Ours

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If you currently offer clients clay paw prints, you can use your existing material to take the impression necessary for a 3D Paw Print Plaque and SAVE $5.00.  

Handcrafted

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Every paw print is handcrafted by our artisans.  Extreme care is taken to ensure each casting captures the unique details of each paw print.

Custom Options

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Customize each plaque with multiple options.  Choose your plaque color and paw print finish option.  Complete the customization with personalized engraved plate.  Each plaque comes complete with 4"x6" photo holder.

Paw Print Impression Kits

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If you do not currently use clay impression material, we offer a complete Paw Print Impression Kit to take the basic impressions needed to order your My Cherished Paws 3D Paw Print Plaques.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get the original paw print impression back?

YES.  All original paw print impressions are returned with each completed plaque.

If you have a client with a paw print from a previous pet, we can use that impression for a 3D Paw Print Plaque.

Contact Customer Service for detailed instructions customerservice@mycherishedpaws.com

Can I use my own clay for My Cherished Paws impressions?

YES! If you currently use a baked clay material to take your impressions, you can use that material to take impressions for the 3D Paw Print Plaques.  Important - No air-dry materials are accepted.  If you have questions, please email customerservice@mycherishedpaws.com

How long does it take to get my 3D Paw Print Plaque?

Once your paw print impression is received in our facility, you can expect your custom plaque in approximately 3 weeks.  Due to the required casting time, we are unable to accept rush orders.

Can the photo holder be horizontal vs vertical?

The photo holder only comes in the vertical orientation.

Can two paw prints be mounted on the same plaque?

The amount of space available to mount each 3D Paw Print is limited.  IF the paw print is extra small and space allows, we can do a custom upgrade for an additional fee.  Please email a photo of the impression to customerservice@mycherishedpaws.com

and request PRE-APPROVAL before placing the custom order.

Can two plaques be made with one Impression Kit?

Each Impression Kit makes ONE 3D Paw Print Plaque.  It is important to use all the material provided to ensure the impression is thick enough to withstand the pressure/casting process.

Can there be more than two lines of engraving?

YES!  Each 3D Paw Print Plaque includes two lines of engraving included in the price.  When placing your custom order, you can add an additional line of engraving for an extra fee.

Can multiple plaques be made from the same impression?

YES!  When ordering your custom plaque, you can select additional plaques be made.  If the custom options are not identical, you can place a second order and when submitting the impression for casting, just make a note on the order to use the same impression.  IMPORTANT ~ If using Impression Kits, you must contact customer service for instructions on how to place the order.

customerservice@mycherishedpaws.com

Are pet photos submitted to My Cherished Paws?

NO!  Please do not send photos of your pet.  Photos are to be inserted in the photo frame by the customer.  

Can Paw Print Impression Kits be sold as a retail product?

YES!  You can sell the Impression Kit as a do-it-yourself take home kit.  Since we do not accept retail orders directly, the custom order needs to be submitted by you as the wholesale vendor.

Can broken or missing toenails be added before casting?

YES!  Our artisans can repair or add toenails to the impression prior to casting.  You must select  "Add" or "Repair" Toenails as an option when placing the custom order. 

 This is not done automatically.

Are the 3D castings pure bronze or pewter?

Each 3D casting is made of a lightweight polymer material and finished with a special metal-infused finish.  A pure bronze or pewter casting would be weight and cost prohibited.

Will the Paw Print Impression Kits dry out?

NO!  The non-toxic, clay impression material will not dry out.  Baking the impression is the only way to "set" the impression and must be done prior to sending to My Cherished Paws.

Paw Print Impression Kit material seems hard. Is this normal?

YES!  The material included in the Impression Kits are "shelf stable" and may feel hard when first opened.  We recommend breaking the impression into smaller, pieces and kneading them in your hand to soften.  Gradually add more clay until all clay is soft and pliable.  

Do not add water and/or microwave impression material. 

Does Paw Print Impression Kit material start to set while taking impression?

NO!  You can take impressions as many times as necessary to get it perfect.  The impression material will not harden or set until baked.

Do you have additional questions not answered here?

If you have additional questions about My Cherished Paws 3D Paw Print Plaques, please contact us at customerservice@mycherishedpaws.com

or  CHAT LIVE  

Paw Print Impressions ~ How To's

Step 1 - Soften Clay

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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.

Step 2 - Flatten Into Patty

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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.

Size and Shape

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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. 

Step 3 - Take The Impression

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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.

Compare Impression Depth

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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.

Step 4 - Baking Impression

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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.

Place Order/Ship Paw Print Impression

Clearly Identify Impression

It is very important to properly identify each paw print impression.  Marking each impression with pet's name and your facility name.  

Place Order

Log in and order the custom 3D Paw Print Plaque ~ selecting the custom options desired.  

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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.

Package and Mail Impression

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.

Receiving Impressions

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.

Returning Completed Plaques

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.  

Tracking Information

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.

Where To Send Paw Print Impression Orders

Depending on where your facility is located, you will send your impression/orders to a designated regional location.  This information is provided to you in your Welcome & Training Guide.

If you need additional information, contact our Customer Service  Dept.

customerservice@mycherishedpaws.com  or  CHAT LIVE