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Laser Engraving Print Capture Instructions

Highly detailed, accurate prints for your engraving is something I take great pleasure to provide for you.

If you want a large amount of prints made or copies let me know ahead of time. If you want to retail the engravings if you work at a zoo shop or other outfit ask me about wholesale pricing.

If you have pets that passed and do not have highly detailed prints, I may be able to make something for you pulling from allotted prints on hand. 


I recommend at least obtaining prints before your pet passes, you will have a lot more fun and have better prints.  I can store the print data until your ready to have something made, especially if you want a series showing youth to adult of how the print changes.

If your local I have all the materials needed to capture prints of any pet or aminal you work with.

To capture high quality prints of any animal, the materials you will need are: non dry clay (this is earth based, color does not matter), stamp ink, paper, and lastly a photograph for reference.

The clay for animals with footprints 4 inches are less need 2 lbs of clay, 4 to 8 inches inches need at least 5 lbs of clay.
the clay can be found here on Amazon. Please check the colors as the price rotates from color to color on a "sale" price
If you live in a hot climate in summer of 80 plus degrees, clay that hardens may be required to survive mail travel without liquidating.
 Hardening clay kit, average dog or smaller pets need 1 kit per paw, large dogs need 2 kits, average horses need 3 kits and large horses need 4 kits.

Stamp ink pad can be picked up at your local store along with printer paper.

Paw prints will be put on file for your future engravings months or years down the road.

The clay I use gets softer with heat, for dogs or other padded animals it is best to get the clay very soft. heavier animals or ones with hooves don't need as soft of clay.
To get the clay warm i personally put in a thick plastic bag and put it by the heater or in my car come summer. For quick warmth i will put it in the microwave turning it over every 2 minutes until desired softness.  If the surface becomes liquid like, just wait a few minutes and it will be to a nice soft clay.


Be sure to clean the animals foot well.  If you have a zoo animal and are not able to clean the foot, leaving the clay in a light plastic bad and putting the clay in a narrow path with food incentive works well.

Next the pet or animal needs to stand on the clay, preferably on its own. To help get the print deeper if need be lifting up the other leg of the animal will help.
this will capture the proper displacement and natural footprint you see in nature.  If you make a mistake you can reuse the clay until satisfied.

This is what you are looking to achieve.   Reindeer print which was uncooperative at first.


Each foot is different of the same animal especially front to rear prints, so be sure to select the one you want or capture prints. Below is a sample of front to rear prints.


Next you will need the prints on paper, this is usually the hardest to obtain with some pets or animals.  The process is the same only its best to get multiple prints of each foot you want engraved as each print will have slightly different details.   for horses or other hoof type animals, its best to put a soft spongy foam or similar substance under the paper to capture the details fully.  Paper prints are greatly displaced as you can see comparing the paper print to the clay print above.

Once you captured the prints, Contact Me and I'll provide my mailing address so you can send them and I will begin the computer work and engraving. Before mailing clay prints, please send me a photo of the clay print and a overall print width of the clay print in mm in case there is any shipping damage (shouldn't occur if properly packed and padded)
For mailing, flat rate boxes work best. It i also best to place a layer of cardboard on top of the clay print and heavily pad the box with bubble wrap or soft foam.

Mailing address is:
Glenn Zisa (Alaskan Lapidary)
P.O. Box 2801
Palmer, AK 99645

A proof template will be made and sent for approval before any engraving is commenced.


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