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Taking Fingerprints (Pencil Technique)

Taking fingerprints for our Fingerprint Jewellery is a different process to our Handprint Jewellery. We have developed an easy way to take very detailed fingerprints prints in your own home using a few simple household items. To watch our video on taking fingerprints using the 'pencil technique', please click here.

Have a look at the fingerprints, can you see any detail? You want to capture any swirls and twirls in the fingerprint which are usually lower down from the tip of the finger. Everyone is born with fingerprints, however, usually fingerprints don't become defined until a child is around 6 years old. This isn't always the case so for any child, we recommend taking the prints before ordering so you can judge the detail yourself.  

To follow our tips on taking fingerprints using the ‘Pencil Technique’ you will need;

- A pencil

- Plain white paper

- Sticky tape


  1. Check that all fingers are clean and dry

  1. Using the pencil, scribble a square patch on the white paper, going over the same patch again and again

  1. Rub the finger over the pencil mark, this will make a dark mark on the finger

  1. Stick the sticky side of the sticky tape on the fingerprint and gently pull the tape away

  1. Stick the tape onto a white piece of paper

  1. Repeat the process using a few different fingers, often a thumb will have a more detailed print, however, this really varies between people. You will be able to see the detail under the sticky tape, please check that you are happy with the prints

Once you are happy with the prints, simply return them to us by posting them to our studio address: Hand on Heart Jewellery, Hackthorpe Hall Business Centre, The North Range, Unit 1, Hackthorpe, Penrith, CA10 2HX

Remember to label the prints with a name and quote your order number. We will confirm by email that your prints have been received and immediately start work on your beautiful Fingerprint Jewellery or gift (during working hours). We keep a copy of all prints on file for 2 years to make re-ordering jewellery in the future easy.