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Why Have Your Loved Ones’ Ashes Made into Glass

Nowadays, there are so many options when it comes to the cremated remains of your loved ones, and it can be a difficult choice to have to make.

Many people come to me and ask me why I do what I do – after all, the process of getting your loved ones’ ashes fired into glass can often get a bit of a marmite reaction; you either love the idea or loathe it.

Initially, I was approached by a friend who is a funeral director, who asked me if I’d be willing to give the process of firing ashes within glass a try. The results turned out to be spectacular, and I found it was also nice to know that I was helping somebody.

Below are some of the reasons why you might want to get your loved ones’ ashes made into glass:

A beautiful tribute

The process of firing ashes within glass can yield wonderful results that leave you with a stunning piece of jewellery or artwork. As a glassmaker, I’ve had over 20 years of experience with glass, and as a result I know various interesting techniques.

A visually vibrant sculpture or canvas can be a wonderful tribute to your loved one, and reflect their personality, whereas a special piece of jewellery can be worn as a way of saying they are always in your heart.

A special keepsake

There’s something incredibly comforting about having a part of your loved one with you at all times. A beautiful pendent, ring or cufflinks can be a very personal keepsake that you can always wear and treasure.

Treasured gifts

Having ashes made into glass can also make wonderful gifts for family members or close friends of the deceased. Many of my customers opt to get two or three pieces made at a time, so that they can be given as gifts – a special something to remember their loved one by.

The personal touch

Most companies take the greatest care when handling your loved ones’ ashes, and many ash glass pieces are very carefully handmade.

I always ensure that all my pieces are lovingly handmade with 100% dedication and care, but that’s not all.

I also take the time to personally communicate with my clients so that they always know exactly what is happening at any stage in the process (which takes around two weeks).

Affordable

Having ashes fired into glass not only looks incredible, it’s also one of the more affordable options that will leave you with a lasting memento of your loved one.

The scale does vary depending on the company, but I’m of the mind that everyone should be able to afford something as wonderful as this.

Conclusion

If you’re looking for the perfect, lasting memento to remind you of your loved one, having their ashes made into glass can produce stunning results. You’re left with a beautiful, comforting tribute or personal keepsake that you can keep with you forever.

They can also make special gifts for family members or close friends, and the amount of careful dedication put into the process will mean that you’ll know they’re in safe hands.

Have you decided what to do with your love one’s ashes yet?

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What can I have made with my loved ones ashes?

 

When a loved one passes away, it often feels so final. Physically, they’re no longer there for you to see, to speak to, or to give a good big hug to. Emotionally, you feel a part of you is missing. You suddenly realise how often they were in your heart and mind while doing everyday things. The excitement you get when you see or hear of something that would interest them, and then the realisation that you can’t tell them can take your heart to deep sinking depths. They say time is a healer, but everything and everyone heals differently. Does it heal at all? Or do you just learn to live with the pain of not having that person in your life anymore?

Often it feels like there’s no-one in the world that can help with the pain and empty feeling of losing a loved one, ironically apart from that person. There’s no two people in the world who deal with grief the same, and quite often it takes a number of comforts to ease the discomfort and get to the stage of being able to feel contentment knowing that your loved one would only ever want you to be happy.

At Ash Glass Design we can’t give the same support that family and friends can, but we can ensure that your loved one is with you along the way. Below are some examples of what we can do at Ash Glass Design with some of the ashes of your loved one:

 

1) Wear them around your neck

Perhaps you could see it as a constant hug, or a good way to keep them close to your heart. Or if you want to think of it in a more fun way, a lifelong piggyback. Having ashes infused in to a glass necklace is a great way to ensure they are always with you. They see everything you’re experiencing. It may become a good luck symbol in a lovely elegant necklace that you can wear for special occasions or as an everyday piece of jewellery. With a number of colours to choose from (green, blue, ruby, purple, teal, gold, black and yellow) on a sterling silver 925 chain and setting, the pendants are elegant and eye-catching.

2) Keep them watching over the home

At Ash Glass Design we are versatile in what you’d like created with your ashes. Our designer can create bright and bold sculptures that you could place on your windowsill and have the sun shine through every day. Perhaps you could see it as your loved one saying ‘good morning!’ These sculptures come in a poppy design, wild flowers, or circles of life and are mounted on a handcrafted oak base. Of course, every item is hand created so there will never be two designs the same.

3) Hang them on the wall

Another option, and often good for a smaller home, is a memorial canvas. A beautiful glass square mounted on to a chunky deep edge canvas is a modern but meaningful way of having the ashes of your loved one within your home. The heart design is a great way to signify that this is where part of your heart lives within the home. Perhaps you could touch it every time you pass, or say hello when you arrive home to make you feel they are still there. These come in a range of colours (blues, greens, reds and purples).

4) Keep them travelling along with you

Male or female, cufflinks can be a great way of keeping someone with you along the way. Whether for a special occasion, or just every day at work, they are a distinguished reminder that however bad the grief may be, the reminder is there throughout the day about how lucky you are to have had someone so significant in your life. Ash Glass Design has some new designs in the pipeline, so please get in touch if you have something in mind and we’ll see what we can do to help you out.

We’re currently looking at creating rings – the perfect way to signify your love or marriage. All of what we create is something you can take with you whether that’s moving country or moving home, which we think is incredibly important.

 

 

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“The Most Special Pieces of Jewellery I Own”

When Awdri Doyle heard of what Ash Glass Design could do with the cremated ashes of loved ones, her zealous passion for jewellery made for an easy decision on what to do with the ashes of her parents…and she knew she just had to do it.

With the ashes of her mum and dad mixed together, Awdri has had a necklace and cufflinks created and will be one of the first customers to have commissioned a new Ash Glass Design ring. As well as these, she also has Pandora style bracelet charms on order for her daughters who were looking for a way to keep their grandparents with them in a modern way as part of their charm bracelets.

Describing her Ash Glass Design jewellery as “the most special pieces of jewellery I own”, Awdri feels she has her parents with her everywhere she goes. Whether she’s attending special family and friends’ events, or heading off on holiday, she feels her parents aren’t missing out on normal every day occurrences, as well as the more special of occasions.

“I think my mum and dad would have liked the idea of ash glass too, my mum especially. I wanted to keep a part of them with me for ever and I certainly feel like I’m doing that” said Awdri.

And although she never had to think twice about whether or not she would like something created by Ash Glass Design, she understands that other people could be apprehensive about having jewellery created with ashes. If she could give anyone advice on whether or not to get jewellery created by Ash Glass Design she would say, “Do it! Only a small amount of ashes are required and people will only know what you are wearing if you tell them, otherwise they wouldn’t know. Everyone who has looked at my jewellery absolutely loves it – even more so when I have explained the contents to them.”

Awdri compares having jewellery created by Ash Glass Design as a more contemporary take on what has been done since Victorian times to remember loved ones. At a time of no photography, people would get memorial jewellery created to have a touchstone to remember them every day

“I find glass very smooth and calming. With the different colours available they also glisten in the sunshine and having something that you’re able to touch just makes it feel that extra bit special. My jewellery is with me every day and I find that as part of the grieving process it is lovely to have something that you can still touch, particularly in an age where everything is digital, stored elsewhere, and generally quite disposable.”

“When working with Ash Glass Design to decide what I wanted I was given good sound advice and treated with dignity and respect during the whole process. Nothing was too much trouble and I would not hesitate in recommending Ash Glass Design to anyone thinking about a memorial of this kind. There is a wide variety of options available, even commissioned sculptured depicting local landmarks, as well as more abstract designs and of course the beautiful jewellery!”

 

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11 Things You Can Do With Loved Ones’ Ashes

Saying goodbye to a loved one is incredibly difficult, and what you do with their ashes once they are gone is a very personal choice.

Some like to keep hold of them for deeply sentimental reasons, whilst others try to do what they think their loved one would have wanted.

For instance, there’s the lovely story of widow Beverley Scott, whose husband Gordon had always loved to travel.

She carefully packaged Gordon’s remains into a glass bottle along with $2 and a note asking that whoever found them ‘call and tell her where he is’. Gordon is probably still travelling, today.

Nowadays, there are so many options when deciding what to do with a loved ones’ ashes; some weird and wacky, some incredibly sentimental.

I’ve put together a list of my top 11, below:

1. Scattered somewhere special

This is the most common choice, and what usually springs to mind when I think of ashes. It can be particularly poignant if there was a special place you shared with your loved one, and scattering their ashes there can make all the sense in the world.

It’s not entirely legal in some areas of the UK, however, so it’s best to check with your local authority first (or just don’t get spotted!).

2. Buried

Burial is another popular choice, and burial sites for cremated remains are significantly cheaper than traditional sites – because they take up far less room. Another option is to bury the ashes at home – it’s entirely legal and there’s no extra cost.

3. Planted with a tree

Now, this is a wonderful idea. You can often draw some comfort from watching the tiny sapling grow and become strong – one day, it may develop into a glorious great oak, cherry or willow tree.

I personally see this as the perfect tribute to nature lovers – sort of like giving something back to the planet.

4. Set off in fireworks

If they wanted to go out with a bit of a bang, fireworks are one of the more wackier ideas on this list. Firework shells can be modified to hold the remains of your loved one, and then used to put on a beautiful, show-stopping display for all to enjoy.

5. Memorial jewellery

If you want to hold on to your loved one’s ashes, memorial jewellery can be a beautiful way of doing this. The ashes can be fired into glass which produces the most beautiful results, which can then be held in a pendant, ring or cufflinks.

This method is surprisingly affordable, and it can be such a comfort for my customers to feel like their loved one is there with them, when they need it most.

6. A beautiful sculpture or artwork

In the same way as jewellery, memorial art has come on in leaps and bounds recently. If you or your loved one was an art lover, you can have their ashes made into a beautiful glass sculpture or memorial canvas which reflects their personality.

Every time you look at the vibrant colours, you can be reminded of wonderful memories you shared together.

7. A vinyl record

If your loved one was a music lover, perhaps they’d have liked their ashes pressed into a vinyl record – or even a whole set?

You can pick the artist and music, or even have a special recording of your own (if you have one) that can be played again and again on that special vintage vinyl sound.

8. Launched into space

If your loved one was a sci-fi fan, or had ever expressed a desire for space travel, this could be the perfect send-off!

Bear in mind, these packages are incredibly expensive – and can range from a quick trip to space and back down to Earth again, all the way to being launched into the deepest depths of space!

9. A coral reef

If your loved one was particularly fond of the sea, you can now have their remains inserted into cement mix to help rebuild coral reefs – a very important aspect of sea life.

The cement is poured and then placed into the sea, as a space for new coral to grow and evolve. I think it’s a lovely idea, and also helps to protect the marine environment.

10. Tattoo ink

It’s true that tattoos aren’t for everyone, but neither are half the other things on this list! Apparently there is a way to get a portion of your loved one’s ashes mixed in with tattoo ink before it is forever engraved on your body.

There aren’t any health concerns that I’m aware of, but you’d probably be better off checking with your chosen tattoo artist first!

11. Made into a diamond

Diamonds are forever, after all. You can now have your loved one’s ashes turned into an actual, sparkling, certified diamond.

Albeit also a bit pricey, there are a few companies that offer this now, and you can pick from different colours, cuts and carat sizes.

Conclusion

It’s never easy to say your goodbyes, but you may find some comfort in many of the weird and wonderful ways you can now pay tribute to your loved ones.

You can have their ashes planted into a tree, made into beautiful glass jewellery or sculptures, set off in fireworks, launched into space or tattooed onto your body. And that’s only a few of the 11 options above!

What will you do with your loved one’s ashes?

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How to Use Your Loved Ones’ Ashes to Create Stunning Cufflinks

 

Are you considering what to do with your loved ones’ ashes?

When a loved one passes away, it can be an incredibly difficult subject to think about. We all need time to grieve and reflect. However, if you’ve been left with ashes, the subject of what to do with them will eventually arise.

Having been working with memorial glass for a number of years now, I know that cufflinks are a particularly popular choice with many of my customers – and all you need is a small spoonful of your loved one’s ashes to create these beautiful items.

Below, I’m going to tell you why so many people choose cufflinks to remember their loved ones, and the process involved in making them.

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Why choose cufflinks?

Cufflinks are a particularly popular choice of cremation jewellery for men, who may otherwise not wear a lot of jewellery (rings, pendants etc.). It also means you can keep your loved one with you on special occasions, and shows they’ll always be in your thoughts at weddings, ceremonies or special evenings out.

Another good thing about cufflinks is that they are generally a long-lasting, quality sterling silver product – although the quality can vary depending on the company you buy from.

The creation process

Not every company’s process for making memorial or cremation cufflinks will be the same, but below I’m going to talk you through my own process, so you know exactly what’s involved:

Step 1:

You choose your desired colour and product (options can be found either online or in your order pack, but some companies – myself included – will do their best to accommodate a colour of your choosing).

Step 2:

The coloured glass is heated up to around 1500 – 1400 degrees, until it becomes sort of a honey texture.

Step 3:

Once it’s ready, I capture the ashes within the glass, using heat and a combination of coloured and clear glass to seal them in.

I wish I could take credit for the next part, but in truth, the ashes form their own unique pattern in the glass caused by a mix of gases and air. They create their own ‘personalities’, if you will – and there’s never two the same. Which keeps my work interesting!

Step 4:

The final product sits in a kiln for 24 hours, until it has cooled back down to room temperature.

Step 5:

Once the glass has reached room temperature, I then use diamond wheels to grind and polish the bottom. The product should now be ready to be set in hallmarked silver.

Step 6:

Once the finished cufflinks are ready, I email photos to you along with an invoice. Your special cufflinks are then sent out to you via Royal Mail Recorded/Signed For or Special Delivery.

How long will they take?

Usually, memorial jewellery such as cufflinks can take some bigger companies between 6-8 weeks to produce. Mainly because they process so many orders.

However, some of the smaller companies can produce them more quickly, and also give an added personal touch – I personally aim to process all orders within two weeks.

Cost

Cremation or memorial cufflinks can cost anywhere between £150 – £600. But I’d say it’s not just the cost that matters – research carefully before choosing an experienced company you’re happy with, who will communicate with you directly and ensure you will be happy with the final product.

To help you decide, I’ve put together the blog ‘8 Questions to Help you Choose the Best Cremation Jewellery Company’.

Conclusion

If you’re considering the difficult subject of what to do with your loved ones’ ashes, memorial cufflinks can be a great choice. All you need is a small spoonful of ashes, and it means you can have your loved one with you on special occasions.

The process involved requires experienced hands, and the cost can be anywhere between £150 – £600. But remember – always choose a cremation jewellery company wisely, and ensure you’re comfortable before sending ashes away.

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Discover Why a Cremation Pendant is the Best Cremation Jewellery Idea You’ve Heard

 

Are you unsure of what to do with your loved one’s ashes now they’re gone?

When you’ve just lost a loved one, the subject of what to do with their ashes probably won’t seem important. After all, we all need time to grieve and reflect on those special moments we spent together, before even considering how to go on without them.

However, if you’ve been left with ashes, you might start to wonder about the best way to honour your loved one’s memory.

Having worked in glass design for over 20 years now, I know that memorial glass is becoming an increasingly popular choice – and cremation pendants can be a particularly beautiful way to remember someone special

All you need is a small spoonful of your loved one’s ashes to create a gorgeous cremation pendant, so below, I’m going to talk you through the process involved.

Why choose a cremation pendant?

Cremation or memorial pendants can be particularly striking pieces of jewellery, that will easily stand out and be noticed. It’s also a lovely way of keeping your loved one close to your heart at all times.

Another good thing about pendants is that they are generally made to be quality, long-lasting sterling silver products that you’ll be able to wear for years to come – although the quality can vary depending on the company you buy from.

The creation process

I’m sure the process every company uses is going to be slightly different, but below I’m going to talk you through my own process, so you’ll know exactly what’s involved:

Step 1:

First, you choose the colour of pendant you want (options can be found either online or in your order pack, but some companies – myself included – will do their best to accommodate a colour of your choosing).

Step 2:

The coloured glass is then heated up to around 1500 – 1400 degrees, until it becomes sort of a honey texture.

Step 3:

Once it’s ready, I capture the ashes within the glass, using heat and a combination of coloured and clear glass to seal it in.

I wish I could take credit for the next part, but in truth, the ashes form their own unique pattern in the glass caused by a mixture of gases and air.

You could say, they each have their own personality and no one piece ever looks the same!

Step 4:

The final product sits in a kiln for around 24 hours, until it has cooled back down to room temperature, and is ready for the next step.

Step 5:

Once the glass has reached room temperature, I then use diamond wheels to grind and polish the bottom. The product is now ready to be set in hallmarked silver.

Step 6:

Once the finished pendant is ready, I will email photos to you along with an invoice. Your special pendant is then sent out to you via Royal Mail Recorded/Signed For or Special Delivery.

How long does it take?

Memorial pendants can usually take some of the bigger companies as long as 6-8 weeks to produce – mainly because they have so many orders to process.

Saying that, there are some smaller companies that can produce cremation glass quicker, as well as bringing an extra personal touch to the table.

Personally, I know how important it is to have peace of mind and get your loved one’s ashes back as quickly as possible, which is why I try to process every order within two weeks, and keep you updated at every stage of the process.

Cost

Cremation pendants can usually cost anywhere between £100 – £450 – perhaps more depending on the material you want to use (sterling silver, white gold, gold).

Although cost can’t be ignored, I would recommend shopping around carefully and finding an experienced company that not only suits your budget, but also makes you feel confident and reassured that your loved one’s ashes are in good hands.

To help you decide, I’ve put together the blog ‘8 Questions to Help you Choose the Best Cremation Jewellery Company’. 

Conclusion

If you’re stuck on the difficult subject of what to do with loved ones’ ashes, cremation pendants can be a wonderful, touching way of remembering a loved one. All you need is a small spoonful of ashes, and it means you can have your loved one close to your heart at all times.

The delicate process involved demands experienced hands, and the cost can be anywhere between £100 – £450. But remember – always choose a cremation jewellery company wisely, and ensure you’re confident your loved ones’ ashes will be in good hands.

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Art from Ashes: A Unique Way to Remember Your Loved Ones

Saying goodbye to someone close is never easy, but they’ll always remain in your heart.

Grief is a strange beast that can wash over you in waves, and it may be a while before you can even contemplate the subject of what to do with the ashes of someone special.

But have you ever thought about turning them into a creative work of art?

‘Art from ashes?’ I hear you say – it’s likely not the most conventional idea you’ve ever heard, but it is an inspired one that may be the most wonderful way to honour your love one’s memory.

Having worked in glass design for over 20 years now, memorial glass and art are two of my specialties – so it kind of made sense to combine the two into a gorgeous memorial canvas.

I don’t currently know any other companies that sell memorial art canvases quite like mine, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t out there. So below, I’m going to talk you through my own process and why many people are choosing memorial art glass to remember their loved ones.

Why choose a memorial canvas?

A memorial canvas can be particularly suitable if your loved one was an art lover, or you’re particularly fond of art yourself. It’s also a comforting idea to think of them sitting on the wall, watching over you – and you can of course give them pride of place in your home.

The creation process

Below, I’m going to talk you through my own unique creation process for making art into ashes, to give you the best idea of what to expect.

Step 1:

First, you choose the colour you want and the style of canvas you’d prefer (options can be found either online or in your order pack, but some companies – myself included – will do their best to accommodate a colour of your choosing).

Step 2:

Once the glass colours are selected, the ashes are fused together inside two layers of chunky glass.

Step 3:

The glass is heated to 860 degrees to give different textures to the surface, which can lead to a pebbly or grainy effect.

An interesting thing to mention here is that no matter what colour the glass, it all looks orange under the extreme heat. You can only really tell the true colours once it cools down to room temperature, but experience will tell you how to reach the desired effect.

Step 4:

The glass is left in the kiln to cool down over the next 24 hours, ready for the next step.

Step 5:

The glass is then mounted onto a high quality box canvas, to hang securely on your wall.

Step 6:

Once the finished memorial canvas is ready, I will email photos to you along with an invoice. Your special canvas is then sent out to you via Royal Mail Recorded/Signed For or Special Delivery.

How long does it take?

I usually always aim to process orders within two weeks, although other companies who may offer memorial art (in various shapes and sizes) could have longer turnaround times.

I know how important it is to have peace of mind and to get your loved one’s ashes back as quickly as possible, which is why I always keep my customers updated at every stage of the process and don’t delay more than necessary.

Cost

A well-made memorial canvas using deep edge cotton canvas should cost no less than around £100.

Although budget is important, I’d advise taking a look at the different types of art glass available and finding an experienced company that not only suits your price constraints, but also makes you feel confident and reassured that your loved one’s ashes are in good hands.

Conclusion

A memorial canvas can be an original and heartfelt way to honour your loved one’s memory. You don’t need a large amount of ashes, and it will allow you to have your loved one in the forefront of your mind, looking over you from their pride of place in your home.

The delicate process involved in making art from ashes needs experienced hands, and the cost can be around £100 or perhaps more – depending on the type of art you opt for. But remember – always take your time choosing a cremation art company, and make sure you’re comfortable before sending ashes off in the post.

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Ashes to Art: Fantastic Glass Sculptures

Are you looking for a beautiful way to remember a deceased loved one for years to come?

Losing someone special can be so incredibly difficult, but their memory will live on in your heart. Knowing what to do with their ashes, however, is a totally different ballgame.

The good news is that there are so many ways to celebrate their life, including the possibility of transforming ashes to art, in the form of inspired glass sculptures.

Having worked in glass design for over 20 years now, memorial glass and art are two of my specialties – so it kind of made sense to combine the two into a beautiful glass sculpture that’s made to last.

Memorial art glass can come in many different forms, and varies widely depending on the artist/company you buy from. Below, I’m going to talk you through my own process, and why ashes to art is such a wonderful idea.

Why choose a glass sculpture?

A glass sculpture can be a dramatic, wonderful way to honour the memory of a loved one. The thing I love most about this memorial glass option is that you can put them front and centre in the window, and watch them sparkle in the light.

The creation process

Below, I’m going to talk you through my own unique creation process for turning ashes to art, so you can know exactly what to expect.

Step 1:

First, you choose the colours, style and texture of the sculpture you’d like (options can be found either online or in your order pack, but some companies – myself included – will do their best to accommodate a colour of your choosing).

Step 2:

Next, I cut the glass to size, and melt it gently so the pattern, colours and ashes can be laid out to form the design element of your sculpture.

Step 3:

The glass is then heated to 860 degrees to get the desired textures just right. You may prefer a smooth texture to a grainy or pebbly one, but it just comes down to personal choice.

Step 4:

The next step involved putting the glass in a kiln for 24 hours and very slowly cooling it down using my trademark digitally controlled process.

Step 5:

I make a hardwood base for the sculpture using locally sustainable wood – usually oak, which is milled down, cut to size, sanded, coated and preserved before adding chrome brackets to securely hold the glass in place.

Step 6:

Once the finished glass sculpture is ready, I will email photos to you along with an invoice. Your art is then sent out to you via Royal Mail Recorded/Signed For or Special Delivery.

How long does it take?

A big worry for many of my clients is how long they are going to be parted from their loved ones’ ashes, so it’s important to know this before sending them away.

Some companies can take around 6 – 8 weeks to process art or memorial glass orders, but I aim to process all my orders within two weeks, as I know how important it is that you are reunited with them as soon as possible.

Cost

A well-made memorial glass sculpture could cost anywhere between £175 – £300 or maybe more depending on the size of the sculpture.

Although it’s important to keep your costs in mind when ordering cremation art glass, I’d really recommend searching for the different types of memorial glass available before settling on something you really like, from an experienced company that makes you feel at ease and confident that your loved ones’ ashes are in safe hands.

Conclusion

A stunning glass sculpture can be a dramatic and beautifully sentimental way to honour your loved one’s memory – and they sparkle perfectly in the light.

The careful process involved in making ashes to art demands a lot of attention and experience, and the cost can be around £175 – £300 or perhaps more – depending on the size of sculpture you want.

Just remember to always take your time choosing a cremation glass company, and make sure you’re comfortable before sending ashes off in the post.

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Could Cremation Jewellery Charms be the Perfect Keepsake?

 

Are you looking for the best way to honour your loved one’s memory and keep them close to you?

Having worked in glass design for over 20 years now, this is one of the main reasons many of my customers approach me, having recently (or not so recently) lost someone they love.

They’re essentially looking for a way to eternalise their loved one’s memory, which is why cremation jewellery – essentially encapsulating ashes within glass – is becoming so popular.

Cremation jewellery charms are just one of the options available, and all you need is a tiny spoonful of your loved one’s ashes to make them.

Below I’m going to tell you why they’re a particularly practical choice, as well as my own unique process for making them.

Why choose cremation jewellery charms?

Jewellery charms and charm bracelets are particularly popular at the moment (think Pandora), with many choosing to wear them on a day-to-day basis. So, a cremation jewellery charm is a practical, easy way to keep your loved one with you by adding them to your existing bracelet.

Cremation jewellery charms are also incredibly versatile (you can even add them to a necklace), and because you only need a very small amount of ashes, it’s easy to get a few charms made at once to distribute amongst family members.

The creation process

The process for making cremation jewellery charms will vary from company to company, but below, I’m going to talk you through my own creation process, so you can have an idea of what’s involved.

Step 1:

First, you choose the colour of charm you want (options can be found either online or in your order pack, but some companies – myself included – will do their best to accommodate a colour of your choosing).

Step 2:

For cremation charms, I like to use a punty iron, which is heated up to 1300 degrees. I then gradually build up the layers of coloured glass.

Step 3:

Next, I add the ashes, and seal with clear glass to give added depth and ensure the charm is perfectly rounded off. The charm should really begin to take form now.

I wish I could take credit for the next part, but in truth, the ashes form their own unique pattern in the glass. This is caused by a mixture of gases and air.

Step 4:

The charm then sits in a kiln and sits overnight at 560 degrees, before being cooled right down to room temperature, ready for the next step.

Step 5:

When the charm is ready, I detach it from the metal, and then do the silverwork. I attach the charm to silver hallmark gromets which can be added to any regular charm bracelet.

Step 6:

Once the finished charm is ready, I will email photos to you along with an invoice. Your special cremation jewellery charm is then sent out to you via Royal Mail Recorded/Signed For or Special Delivery.

How long does it take?

Memorial charms can usually take some of the bigger companies as long as 6-8 weeks to produce – mainly because they have so many orders to process.

Saying that, there are some smaller companies that can produce cremation charms quicker, as well as bringing an extra personal touch to the table.

Personally speaking, I know how important it is to have peace of mind and get your loved one’s ashes back as soon as possible, which is why I try to process every order within two weeks. I also keep you updated at every stage of the process.

Cost

Cremation charms can usually cost anywhere between £50 – £80 and should be made with sterling silver.

Although cost may be a major factor in your decision, I would personally recommend shopping around carefully and finding an experienced company that not only suits your budget, but also makes you feel confident and reassured that your loved one’s ashes are in good hands – not forgetting the final quality product.

To help you decide, I’ve put together the blog ‘8 Questions to Help you Choose the Best Cremation Jewellery Company‘. 

Conclusion

Cremation jewellery charms can be a versatile, practical way to remember a loved one and keep them close to you on a daily basis – all you need is a small spoonful of ashes.

The delicate process involved requires experienced hands, and the cost can be anywhere between £50 – £80 when made with sterling silver.

My main advice here is: don’t be afraid to shop around, and make sure you’re comfortable and confident in the company and final product before sending ashes away in the post.

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Why Glass Rings are the Most Popular Cremation Jewellery for Ashes

Are you looking for a way to keep someone you lost close to you?

After years of working with glass and cremation jewellery, this is now one of the main reasons many of my customers first hear about me.

They are usually coping with the loss of someone special, and are essentially looking for a way to eternalise their loved one’s memory – which is why cremation jewellery for ashes (essentially encapsulating ashes within glass) is becoming so popular.

Cremation glass rings are just one of the options available, and all you need is a tiny spoonful of your loved one’s ashes to produce a beautiful, high quality ring you can wear for years to come.

Below I’m going to tell you why so many people choose cremation glass rings, as well as my own unique process for making them.

Why choose a cremation glass ring?

Glass rings tend to be dramatic pieces that can shine beautifully in the light. Every time you look down at your hand, you can think of your loved one.

One of my customers also said that it’s almost like having them holding your hand wherever you go, which in my opinion is a particularly lovely thought.

The Creation Process

The process for making cremation glass rings will most likely differ quite widely depending on which company you choose. Below, I’m going to talk you through my own creation process, so you can get a better idea of what’s involved.

Step 1:

You choose your desired colour and ring style (options can be found either online or in your order pack, but some companies – myself included – will do their best to accommodate a colour of your choosing).

Step 2:

The coloured glass is heated up to around 1500 – 1400 degrees, until it becomes sort of a honey texture.

Step 3:

Once it’s ready, I capture the ashes within the glass, using heat and a combination of coloured and clear glass to seal it in – this is when the ring truly takes form.

I wish I could take credit for this next bit, but it’s really all down to the ashes themselves, which form their own, unique pattern in the glass – helped along by a mixture of gases and air. No two rings are ever alike!

Step 4:

The final product sits in a kiln for 24 hours, until it has cooled back down to room temperature.

Step 5:

Once the glass has reached room temperature, I then use diamond wheels to grind and polish the bottom until it’s ready to be set into a beautiful silver ring, made by my silversmith.

Step 6:

Once the finished ring is ready, I email photos to you along with an invoice. Your special glass ring is then sent out to you via Royal Mail Recorded/Signed For or Special Delivery.

How long does it take?

Memorial glass rings can usually take some of the bigger companies as long as 6-8 weeks to produce – mainly because they have so many orders to process.

Saying that, there are some smaller companies that can produce glass rings faster. Personally speaking, I know that most of my customers want their loved ones’ ashes back as soon as possible, which is why I try to process all orders within two weeks.

I also keep them updated at every stage of the process, which is incredibly important.

Cost

Cremation rings can usually cost anywhere between £220 – £495 or maybe more, depending on which type of precious metal you use (sterling silver, white gold or gold).

Although cost may be one of the biggest factors to influence your decision, I would personally recommend shopping around carefully and finding an experienced company that not only suits your budget, but also makes you feel confident and reassured that your loved one’s ashes are in good hands.

And remember, just because something is pricier, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better quality. Look for a balance between cost, quality and professionalism – and you’ll be onto a winner.

To help you decide, I’ve put together the blog ‘8 Questions to Help you Choose the Best Cremation Jewellery Company’.

Conclusion

Rings have fast become one of the most popular types of cremation jewellery for ashes, and it’s easy to see why. All you need is a small spoonful of your loved one’s ashes, and you’ll be left with a beautiful ring you can wear for many years to come – almost like having them hold your hand wherever you go.

The careful process involved does need experienced hands, and the cost can be anywhere between £220 – £495 or more depending on the metal used.

Take my advice: don’t be scared to do a bit of online window shopping, and make sure you’re comfortable and confident in the company and final product before sending ashes away in the post.