Casting

Gifts Ideas 3D Casting and Keepsake Jewellery

gift ideas

Added: 12th March 2019

Capture something unique

When it’s for a special person or that ‘once in a lifetime’ occasion, you want a gift that is unique. You want something which is bespoke and personal, and something you are proud to give.

Perhaps it is a loved one’s milestone birthday or a special couple’s anniversary. Is it your child’s prom or graduation – an occasion that should be marked with the perfect gift? Maybe you want something a little bit different as a Christmas present this year (instead of another pair of socks?!).

Here at the English Charm Company, we not only offer a huge range of present options, but also a variety of ways to make a gift completely individual to your requirements.

What will you discover

Take a look around our website and you will the find an array of beautiful items on offer.

We don’t want you to have to pick something off the high street. We want you to have the opportunity to purchase something different, something exceptional and something bespoke.

We can help you create wonderful pieces of jewellery, including silver keepsakes and charms, featuring fingerprints, handprints, doodles, artworks and handwriting. 

We also offer a range of casting options, including 2D stone outprints and 3D casting, which can feature hands or feet of your baby or a whole family cast. Our newborn casts are a particular favourite.

Don’t forget your precious pet either. We can create silver jewellery items using paw prints, as well as take casts of the paw or even the nose of your furry friend! These make gorgeous keepsakes.

Come and enjoy the experience

A great thing about purchasing a gift from the English Charm Company is the experience. We offer a one-to-one service with individual appointments, arranged at your convenience. These appointments allow time for us to discuss your requests and ideas. It is time devoted to you, in order to find out exactly what you want.  We like working ‘with’ you. And it is all included in the price.

In terms of the gift itself, we take care to capture every detail. Whether it is a fingerprint or a cast, we make every effort to record every crease, every line, every aspect.

Your gift will be handcrafted, finished and perfected by an individual who truly cares about the significance of your gift. We want you to be proud of the piece we create.

Furthermore, all of our items are carefully presented and wrapped. We take pride in the presentation of our products. Our charms, for example, are packaged in a high-quality box, thread on a beautiful silk ribbon, with a certificate of authenticity, a polish cloth and care instructions included.

What makes us different

We don’t stick to any specifications! The joy of being an experienced craftswoman and silversmith is the chance to experiment and try new things, and, at the English Charm Company, we have the freedom to do just that.

Take a look at some of the products available – if you like what you see, then fantastic. Contact us to find out more.

If you can’t quite see what you are looking for, but have some innovative ideas, then get in touch. We would love to help you create something from your very own imagination. 

Family Wreath of Hands

3D casting - capturing the ‘moment’

Added: 5th June 2017

Have you considered a 3D cast? These are a wonderful way to create a very special and personal ornament or box-framed picture.

What range of products are available?

We can produce casts of hands and feet of babies, children, teenagers, adults and even pets!

A popular cast is that of the tiny hands and feet of a newborn baby. Sometimes mums book this in before they have even given birth, so they capture those tiny fingers or toes at only 1 week old! Just let us know and we can arrange an advanced appointment.

Casting can take place at any age. A family cast captures a moment in time demonstrating the love between a whole family. A family wreath of hands makes a unique keepsake. Parents’ and/or siblings’ hands entwined create a wonderful birthday present, Mother’s, Father’s or Grandparents’ Day gift.

We can also produce 3D casts of a pet’s foot (paw!) too. A 3D cast can be frame mounted with photos or we can create a cast of your pet’s paw entwined with your hand. These are incredibly sought after.

What’s involved?

You can book in a casting to be done at our studio at Worting House in Basingstoke, Hampshire, or we can arrange a home visit.

A cast is taken to create a mould. It usually takes about an hour.

We recommend you wear old clothes. It is relatively mess free and if any plaster does get on your clothes it will peel off, but we like to recommend this just to be cautious.

Is it safe?

We understand that, especially with castings involving newborns, young children or those with sensitive skin, there may be a concern about the safety of the process involved. Please be reassured that the materials we use are a derivative of seaweed and contain only natural materials, nothing toxic. It is the same stuff that dentists use to make dentures! Furthermore, for pets, we use a special conditioner to ensure it doesn’t stick to their fur.

How soon is the casting ready?

This depends on the size of the casting. A 3D casting of a baby’s hand or foot may be ready within 4 weeks, but a larger family one can take up to 12 weeks to fully dry. I can give you an estimate at your appointment.

Can I order ‘copies’?

Unfortunately, you cannot have copies made as a mould can only be used once. If more than one casting is required for multiple orders, we would need to take duplicate moulds.

Take a sneak peak into how we make our 3D baby hand and foot casting

Finally…

3D castings are so beautiful and unique and there are so many options available.

Please enquire for more information or to ask any further questions. Email hello@theenglishcharmco.co.uk or call 07792 503411.

We very much look forward to hearing from you and to creating an item you can treasure for a lifetime.

northhantsmum

northantsmum reviews the english charm company and new premises!!

Added: 6th June 2016

We had a lovely review this month from Northantsmum. The review covers the initial consultation at the studio, through to taking the casts and receiving the finished framed gift. You can see the full review here

New Basingstoke Studio !

The studio has been up and running for nearly 2 months now. We have had lots of courses running across keepsake silver jewellery, 2D and 3D life casting which is fabulous news. The studio is ideally suited to training 3 – 4 people at a time and is located in in the beautiful parkland at Worting House in Basingstoke. Covering the South East, we are easily accessible via road and rail links and accommodation is just five mins away, if you choose to try more than one course over consecutive days.

Do you have a new baby in the family?

We also have a lovely range of products on permanently on display covering silver keepsake jewellery, 2D stone outprints and 3D life casting, so you can come in and have a look and decide on your perfect gift for your friends and family. We can take the prints and casts on the day making the process so easy. Leave the rest to us. We can also visit you at home.

Call us on 07792 503411 or email hello@theenglishcharmco.co.uk

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