Experimenting with Paw Print Impressions

I have seen ceramic impressions done for pets. My own mother-in-law has a few for her dogs, but they were always taken by a vet after the dog had passed away, and they were boring looking. They kind of looked like just cement with no color. I have also heard of other ceramic handprint impression artists capturing paw prints of living animals, and I thought, “I should be offering this, too.” After all, my maid of honor in my wedding got her dog’s paw print tattooed on the back of her neck, and her dog lived for several more years.

However, working with pets has been a bit more challenging than working with babies and children. My own cat hates being caught, but luckily forgives me quickly after doing her paw prints. My mother’s dog is worse to work with. They struggle to clip her nails, and I think this translates to near impossible to take her paw prints. So, I have unfortunately had to make the recommendation that if you pet does not like their nails trimmed, then having their paw print captured is probably not something that should be done. I don’t want to stress out or hurt the animal trying to do a ceramic paw print, nor do I want to be bitten by an animal who is desperate to have me stop messing with their feet.

That said, I have actually experimented a bit with the ceramic paw prints. I was posting one day to a Facebook group about my business, and somebody said to me, “You should make cat bowls.” What a wonderful idea! I am still playing around with methods to capture the paw print and then turn it into a bowl without destroying the print, but I feel I have a good start.

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