Paw Prints • Keepsake • Puppy prints • Memorial
How to Make the Paw Prints • The following presentation demonstrates how the paw prints are created. This process takes approximately 18 days from start to finish.
Step 1 – Rolling the clay Rolling out the clay to the desired thickness. The most important aspect is keeping the clay moist and workable.
Step 2 – Cutting Cutting the clay into the heart shape template. We also have a round template available.
Step 3 – Obtaining the paw print Obtaining the paw prints is one of the most difficult steps. First we shave the hair off the bottom of the paw, then trim the nails so we can obtain a nice clean impression.
Step 4 – Sanding After the print has dried under a weighted board for at least 7 days, the dreaded sanding begins. The sanding removes theimperfections around the print and creates a smooth surface for the painting
Step 5 – First Firing The molds are placed in a kiln to be fired. It takes approximately 8 hours to complete the firing cycle at 1600 degrees.
Step 6 – Rubberizing A rubber substance is placed in the actual paw print and then needs to dry for at least 3 days. Rubberizing protects the paw print during the painting process.
Step 7 – Painting Process The paw print is then painted using colors chosen by the client. Then has to dry for at least 2 days.
Step 8 – De-rubberizing After the paw print is painted and dried, the rubber we inserted in step 6 is carefully removed.
Step 9 – Smoothing paw print A special tool is used to remove all imperfections from the paw print before its final firing. This helps to prevent the paint from bleeding into the actual paw print
Step 10 – Second Firing Paw prints are once again place in the kiln for the second and final firing. This takes another 8 hours. We need to ensure that we have a full kiln to be energy efficient.
Step 11 – Personalizing the Paw Print This step is where we personalize the paw print to the owners desire and then a protective glaze is added to the name and paw print.