We love it when we can help our customers solve the problem of finding the perfect present. So when Tessa’s oldest son David got in touch with an idea for a present for his mum’s 50th birthday, we were delighted to be able to create something truly unique and everlasting. Tessa’s six children all wanted to make their mark – so this is what we came up with. A Sterling silver charm bracelet with each of their fingerprints hand-engraved on a charm with a little initial engraved on the back. All they had to do was send us in their fingerprints and choices of charms and we did the rest. We just sent them a link to our How To video to help them get good rubbings of their fingerprints and fill in our handy fingerprint form. Tessa was absolutely over the moon and the kids were thrilled that they’d absolutely aced it.
It is a line we hear from parents often “They grow so fast!”
We recently had the joy of seeing one of our clients. We hadn’t seen little Kit for a couple of years since we cast his baby feet. Wow he has grown. Kit is now walking, talking and getting cheekier by the day!
Baby Kit was just one week old when we first met him and cast his tiny toes. He is now a two years old and we can’t quite believe how much he has grown. Dad John had Kit’s little feet cast in bronze and he wanted to show us how his little boy was doing. With rosie cheeks and a big smile Kit is a bonnie boy who marvelled at how little his feet used to be.
Kit is obviously going to be a tall strapping lad just like his father. But John can forever treasure Kit at his tiniest, that moment when he could hold his son’s tiny feet in the palm of his hand. Kit’s little bronze cast feet will always be a treasured token of his early days.
For the love of those tiny feet, we have gathered 10 facts about baby feet (one for every toe, of course). There is a reason why we cherish our baby’s feet; they are only so soft and small for such a short time and before you know it they are walking around in their first pair of shoes!
Growing Fast: Babies’ feet grow extremely fast; by the time your child is one their feet will be nearly half their adult size.
How Fast Do They Grow? Every pair of feet is unique and can grow at different speeds, but on average in the first 12 months a baby can grow up to 4 shoe sizes! That’s at least 40mm in a year.
The Shape of Your Baby’s Feet: Do those tiny feet look similar to yours or your partner’s? Well that’s because your baby has inherited them from Mum and Dad. Rounded, tapered or square, your baby will have inherited one of these characteristics; just compare those tiny toes to your own.
Feet Looking Flat? Well that’s because they are going to be flat for the first few years. The arch of your child’s feet will start to develop when they are about two or three (do see your podiatrist for regular checks).
Baby Feet Size: On average a newborn baby’s feet are 7.6cm long but they can be bigger or tinier so wait until your little one arrives before you buy their little socks.
Bones: A baby will not have formed bones for at least 6 months. Babies are born with cartilage which is soft and flexible. Their bones will be fusing and growing for a while (until their late teens!).
Growth and Development: Between 9-18 months old it is important that your children’s feet are allowed to grow naturally as there are 25 bones forming (no tight socks or shoes for those tootsies).
The Value of Movement: Let your little one kick and wriggle those legs and feet; it all helps them develop the little muscles they’ll soon need for walking.
First Shoes: Did you know that babies don’t actually need to wear structured shoes even when they have started to try to walk. In fact for those first 18 months it is recommended that to encourage their feet to grow freely, they shouldn’t be restricted (of course you can keep them warm with some loose little socks).
Those First Steps: It will be in your child’s first 13-18 months that your child will take their first steps (on average, after all every child is unique).
Treasure your baby’s tiny feet while they fit in the palm of your hand.
Follow our team here as we make unique family sculptures and jewellery for families all over the world. We cast your family’s hands and feet in a beautiful array of coloured glass and precious metals to treasure always.
Every little pair of feet we cast is unique; they are made with the utmost care, incredible attention to detail and a little bit of magic. So we thought you might like to have a little look at how one of beautiful pieces is made. W&P’s Glass Baby Footprint Block: From start to finish, our team works hard to ensure that every detail of your baby’s feet is captured.Each stage of production involves our craftsmen and women using their specialist skills to capture your baby’s footprints in glass. Our glass takes months to produce because the glass is heated and cooled very, very slowly to ensure a perfect finish. Such a delicate material needs plenty of TLC.And finally the big reveal! Once the glass has cooled, our team clean, polish, frost and finish the glass with your chosen engraving added for that special finishing touch! Your unique crystal clear glass sculpture is complete so you can treasure those tiny feet always.
The nights are drawing in and we’ve got our blankets at the ready for snuggling under on those chilly nights. Autumn is a beautiful time to spend with your family whether you are inside keeping warm or enjoying the great outdoors.
From the warming colours of autumn, to beautiful botanical here’s a few unique ways to celebrate this season:
Expecting a little bundle of joy this autumn? Celebrate your baby’s arrival with this unique glass panel, capturing every little detail of your baby’s feet in the warmest colours.
Little acorns grow into mighty oaks. Beautifully cast in sterling silver, this acorn pendant has been made by our talented silversmith, forever a treasure.
Save your autumn treasures in this pumpkin trinket box, cast in bronze to treasure for a lifetime.
We recently had a mum call us; she had been spring cleaning and found her son Billy’s first pair of little leather boots. Billy is not so little anymore; he is 16 years old with size 10s, but Mum had held onto his first boots as a reminder of how tiny he once was.
She asked us if there was a way that we could turn one of the little boots into a treasured memento that would truly stand the test of time.
We explained that it could be silver or gold plated – if she wanted a bit of bling! – or cast in bronze to keep all the texture and detail of the original leather, and she plumped for the bronze. So our talented team got to work; creating the mould, then the wax model, and finally casting the boot in bronze capturing every little crease, scuff mark and even the worn-down sole.
Everyone at W&P fell a little bit in love with Billy’s bronze boot – it really is a little thing of beauty! And as for Mum, she’s absolutely thrilled with the result which can now be treasured and kept forever in the most beautiful way.
So if you’re having a clear out ahead of the new school year, and you happen upon those precious little shoes from way back when, just get in touch and we can talk to you about preserving them forever as precious little ornaments.
In the USA, most states celebrate Siblings Day on 10th April. While we don’t mark this day in the UK, we think it’s a great idea that should be celebrated all over the world. After all, we’ve known our siblings all our lives, and they know us better than anyone, so why not stop and appreciate these very special people in our lives.
We wanted to show you some of the beautiful sibling pieces that our families have asked us to make for them. These sculptures and pieces of jewellery capture the special bonds that exist between brothers and sisters from such a young age.
We have a team of casting artists all over the world who are specially trained to capture your beautiful family moments. Our casting artists have the pleasure of meeting families at the most precious of times, as they welcome you to the world of Wrightson and Platt. This month we introduce you to Karin, our New York Casting Artist.
Name: Karin Kimtis
Joined W&P: 2011
Location: New York City
How Karin became part of the team: We first met Karin when we took casts of her two children back in 2005 and 2007 when they were babies. When she received her sculptures and saw the quality of W&P’s work, Karin expressed an interest in becoming one of our casting artists. She has now been casting for us in the New York area since 2011 and has cast over 160 babies and children for us, with many customers returning as new members of the family arrive.
What does Karin do as a casting artist? Karin will come to your home in New York, and meet you and your family. She will bring a sample of the pieces we make so that you can take a look at the quality of the pieces we make, and choose the piece you would like from a wide selection of sculptures and jewellery in a range of materials including bronze, silver, gold and glass.
Karin will bring her casting kit to take casts of you and your family’s hands and feet using a harmless organic casting material called alginate. It is like a firm jelly so it is nice and gentle to use. The casting is very quick and once the casts are taken of your family, Karin will then ship them to W&P HQ in London. Once they arrive in London we will make your pieces in our studio and keep you posted about their progress before we package them up beautifully and ship the final pieces back to you to admire and enjoy with your family and friends.
If you are based in New York, you can book a casting appointment with Karin on 877-788-1615. You will be in very safe hands.