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Baby Pottery FAQ

Baby Pottery, Frequently asked questions about painting hands and footprints on Pottery

Can more the one child paint their handprint on one pottery item? 

This is not a problem.  On objects like mugs and christmas baubles you can put a hand on each side of the item.   On plates you can place them side by side.   We would recommend doing one child at a time.  It is not a problem to do them at completely separate times if that is more convenient. 

What is the youngest child you can paint hand and footprints with?

The youngest child Gillian, at Pots of Fun has painted was only 23 hours old.  With very young babies it is not always possible to paint hands because of their natural tendencies to clench their fists.  However it varies by child and footprints are always an option footprints.

What is the oldest child you can paint a handprint / footprint on pottery?

We have done handprints on mugs for adults so children of all ages will fit on some items.  The only restriction is fitting the hand or foot on the ceramic item.  Generally feet are only small enough to fit on mugs & baubles for children under 6 months and under 3 years on plates.

How messy is the painting process? 

Painting and footprints is not messy at all if you follow our instructions.  This is a two person job and we recommend you do one hand or foot at a time.  Clean up that hand or  foot and then do the next.   The paint is water based and drys very quickly.  

Can you do the painting of the wording on the pottery for us?

Yes, we make a small charge for this and you will need to order via our main website to get this service.

What happens if I mess up the painting?

Don't worry our instructions in the pottery painting kit tell you exactly what to do if you make a mistake small or large.

I don't want anything but the handprints on the ceramics, is this OK?

The name or some identifying mark needs to be painted somewhere on the item so we can make sure we return the correct items to each customer after firing. However it is not a problem if this is painted on the base of the item

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