A: Like your personal information, your fingerprints go no further than my personal desktop computer and workshop. Unless requested to keep the fingerprints on file for future use, I will destroy all fingerprint files on completion. Your email details will not be passed on or sold and I don't send out newsletters, circulars, promotions etc.
Q: How do I know that the jewelry you sell is real silver?
A: I'm registered as a maker with Birmingham Assay Office in the UK. With the exception of the Secret Touch rolls, which would be damaged by being hallmarked, all other items are fully hallmarked guaranteeing you their purity. If you have any doubts about the purity of the Secret Touch Rolls and wish to have them professionally tested, I will give a full refund, pay for the cost of the test and pay for the return of them should they prove not to be silver.
Q: Can your collars be worn 24/7?
A: Yes! I wear my collar (the thin type) with 5 pebbles and five fingerprint rolls all day every day. For my day job I work in a very professional environment and apart from comments on how attractive it is, people don't tend to comment on it. For greater discretion, the included steel barbell pin can be used to lock it rather than a padlock. If it is well fitting, that is, not too loose and not too tight, the collars are perfectly comfortable to sleep in. Being silver, they can safely be worn whilst showering, bathing or swimming.
Q: Are your collars suitable for play?
A: The stiff nature of the collars means they afford a large degree of control either using the hand or an attached leash. However, for safety reasons I would not recommend it for very hard play. Although the silver collars are flexible to a degree, they are not very forgiving on the neck if pulled and if pulled really hard from behind could cause tissue damage to the windpipe. This risk is far less if there are a two or more pebbles on the collar or the collar is worn over some form of thick leather as the pressure is dispersed. Leashes should preferably be attached to one of the ring pebbles rather than the padlock hasp or collar closure. This will also reduce stress on the staple which may, if placed under repeated stress, break. If the collar is padlocked shut, please ensure that there is a key/screwdriver available at all times in case of emergencies. As they say, if you break your toys, you can't play with them.
Q: I already have a collar that I love, will your pebbles fit it?
A: It depends on how thick and how wide the collar is, but if it is larger than the ones I make, then the slots on the pebbles can be enlarged to fit the collar for an additional cost, assuming it isn't of monster proportions of course!
Q: I have a nickel allergy, can I wear your jewellery?
A: The metals I use are either 100% pure fine silver, Britannia Silver or Sterling Silver. The Britannia and Sterling are alloys which contain small amounts of copper to add hardness to the metal. My jewellery is uncoated/plated as well, which should further reduce any reactions people with sensitive skin may have to Rhodium etc.
Generally speaking, modern Sterling Silver does not use nickel alloys, so should be safe for people with such allergies, although some people do continue to react, even to the copper. If this is the case with you, I might be able to have the pebbles either cast in pure silver, a less reactive alloy or depletion gild them which deposits a very thin layer of pure silver on the surface. This surface may wear away so it may be better to either coat them with clear nail polish or consider having the backs enamelled.
Q: How do I make my fingerprints and send them to you?
A: I've made some video tutorials to show the two easiest ways, but generally the biggest mistakes are to overload the finger pad with the printing medium (either ink or graphite) and pressing too hard. As long as the print is reasonably clear though, I can work with it. You can then either mail it to me or (quicker and easier) scan it on a high resolution (higher the better!) and email me the .jpg file. Please be aware that I can only work with what you send me. If the prints are smudged and indistinct then that is what you will get on the jewellery. They can be cleaned up digitally, but that will incur a fee and also I think it detracts from the feel of it. It's better to do 20 prints of each finger and pick one good one out.
Q: These QR codes and bar codes, where do I get them from?
A: If you or your slave is registered with The Slave Register, they'll give you a bar code. Or, you can create your own codes HERE. I really like the Aztec QR codes. There are lots of other code generators out there as well.
Q: I have a full collection of print pebbles and the relationship has broken down. Can I get the prints removed and new ones put on or the face decoration changed?
A: Oh dear! They are designed to be a lifelong commitment, but of course things happen.
Due to the substantial thickness of the pebbles, it is possible to have them removed and have them replaced with new prints if wanted. Likewise, the top surface can be altered to a certain extent, depending on what is already there and what you would like instead. This isn't something that can be done too many times though!
The fingerprint rolls cannot be modified in any way and still preserve the integrity of the silver. If you no longer want the collar I offer a buy back service. Please contact me for details.
Q: Do you make screw-down collars?
A: Not yet. I'm trying to source suitable screws and when I do, they will be offered.