Love is not the only motivator behind her business, Pixie Printz. She was also frustrated.
Carrie Stanley was on the lookout for a fingerprint jewelry company that could help her turn her daughters fingerprints into treasured jewelry. Her 4 year old daughter, Leiryn, has cancer, and she wanted to create something truly unique that would last a lifetime. Unfortunately, all the companies she found listed outrageous prices. She eventually found a company with reasonable costs, but she knew that there had to be a better way, reports Observer & Eccentric.
The charms are made of precious metal clay (PMC) that is individually shaped, imprinted, sanded, fired, coated with a chemical to highlight the imprint, and then polished. The entire process takes over an hour of hands-on work, and overnight to allow for firing and cooling. Elements allowing the silver to be pliable are burned away during the firing process, leaving a pure silver charm.
The exuberant Pixie Printz owner and founder is now on a mission. She doesn’t want any family facing the loss of a loved one to be unable to obtain this one-of-a-kind keepsake because of the cost.
â€To have that unique portion of a family member captured in precious metal to me, is priceless,â€ said Stanley. And literally, priceless is what she’s determined to make it.
In addition to, and in conjunction with Pixie Printz, Stanley has formed Imprints of the Heart, a separate business intended to be nonprofit, that offers to make up to two fingerprinted charms for families with a terminally ill loved one, free of charge.
To fund Imprints of the Heart Stanley dedicates 10 percent of Pixie Printz profits and accepts donations.
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