Hello all & welcome to Made in Sheffield. This special series will showcase local Sheffield businesses who work hard to provide families with unique products, services, experiences and handmade gifts. It’s so important to support independent and local businesses so it was a no brainer for me to start this series. And to keep it on topic for my readers, I will interview each business and ask them about their favourite days out! 🙂
First up for Made in Sheffield is Michelle Racey from Babyprints Sheffield. Babyprints make the most special gifts, keepsakes, frames and casts for families in Sheffield with examples of her work being displayed in Jessops Hospital Maternity Ward. The castings are incredible, the details second to none and Michelle’s passion is admirable. She is incredibly passionate about baby prints and the dedication in her work is why hundreds of families in Sheffield continue to love her creations. Michelle has told us all about her favourite products, frames and castings for you to see with a huge range of variety from statues, photo frames, pet castings and family frames.
Let’s find out more about Michelle and why Babyprints Sheffield is the perfect keepsake for any family. I’m particularly a fan of the foot casts; they’re adorable!! I also love the statues.
Michelle has kindly offered all our readers 15% off with the special order code TWT1. Don’t forget to use that when ordering to get 15% off framed product. 🙂
Made in Sheffield: Babyprints Sheffield specialist
Michelle Racey is a Babyprints Sheffield specialist based in Fulwood. Babyprints specialise in providing a handprint and footprint casting service for babies, children and even adults. These casts are very special with guaranteed quality results every time. From framed baby hand prints and foot prints to stand-alone hand and foot metal cast statues – there is something to suit every occasion and budget.
Each babyprint is unique – and you get a vast array of framing colour combinations to choose from. Babyprints make a perfect gift for proud new parents and grandparents alike.
Michelle Racey is based in Fulwood, Sheffield. Babyprints are displayed in various locations across Sheffield including:
- Jessops Maternity hospital
- Truffles gift and card shop, Fulwood Sheffield
- Redmires nursery-Sheffield
- Supported by Haus Estate Agents
How does it work?
The casting is a simple process, and involves gently immersing each hand or foot for about 10 seconds in a lukewarm syrupy material the consistency of thick custard, which sets in 10 – 15 seconds to a rubbery mould from which the hand or foot is easily removed.
We use high quality hypoallergenic moulding powder that gives a fine cast and excellent result. The impressions are taken by pressing the hand or foot into soft clay, from which a plaster tile is created and then framed.
The casting appointment will take 20 – 30 minutes; this includes time to take the casts and to choose your frame and finish.
The frames are handmade to order for each child; the finished framed piece is ready to collect in 4 weeks.
What products do Babyprints offer?
There are so many different types of frames, casts and prints available to suit everyone. Here are some examples.
Stand alone pieces called statues
How do I book?
by appointment only: –
Tel: 07468 457542
and here’s a special interview with Michelle Racey from Babyprints Sheffield!
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Hi, my name is Michelle. I was a specialist nurse for children with disabilities who has experienced my own loss. My passion therefore is to create the opportunity for everyone to create a memory capture of their own loved ones of all ages.
What was your inspiration to start Babyprints Sheffield?
I wanted to reignite my natural creative streak which had gotten lost in my passion for my nursing profession. I forgot ‘me’ in the journey. I’m not saying it was a bad journey at all , just one that disabled my ability to be selfish now and then.
If you could choose 2 favourite products what would they be and why?
I love my hand clasps of parent and child (all ages) and my ‘Initial’ frame
What is your favourite thing to do with your family in Sheffield?
I love to explore the countryside with them. I’ve just moved to Loxley so really excited to learn new walks, meet new people and find new things to go for my daughter who’s just starting school.
How long have you been a Babyprints Sheffield specialist and what is your advice to anyone who is interested in starting their own business in casting and prints?
I bought my franchise in May 2017. To be successful you really need to have the specialist training to obtain a quality impression the first time,the financial backing to enable the provision of high quality products and also to have the skills which enable an open and honest relationship of mutual respect that helps create a very bespoke product just for that family who are commissioning your work.
Don’t forget, Michelle has kindly offered all trips with a tot readers TWT1 for 15% off framed products. And for a chance of entering a giveaway to win a free hand and foot casting with frame with double mounting enter on our Facebook page here.
Thank you Michelle for taking part in this series!
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post.