How Much of Your Pet’s Ashes Do You Need to Make Cremation Jewellery?

How Much of Your Pet’s Ashes Do You Need to Make Cremation Jewellery?

Kenny Scott | May 20, 2016 | Pet Cremation Jewellery

Have you recently lost a beloved pet and want something special to remember them by?

Cremation jewellery can be a wonderful way to keep your pet near you after they’ve gone, although it does involve being parted with their ashes for a short time – something that understandably can be of great concern to many of my customers.

The good news is that you don’t actually need much of your pet’s ashes to make a fantastic jewellery piece, or a dramatic glass sculpture.

Below, I’m going to explain exactly how much ashes you need, and why you only need to use a tiny amount.

How much do you need?

Some people may find this surprising, but in reality, just one teaspoonful of your pet’s ashes is usually more than enough to create most cremation glass products.

Of course, the exact amount used will vary depending on the style of cremation glass you choose, but as a typical rule – and always using less than one teaspoonful – I can create:

To be safe, I always recommend sending one teaspoonful per item. So, if you were having more than one jewellery piece or product made, it would of course be more.

Why just one teaspoonful?

The creation process when making cremation jewellery is quite particular, as it’s all about spreading the ashes carefully and very finely. Usually the best way to work with ashes is to only use a very small amount – this is so the jewellery or art pieces can sparkle and shine in the light.

If we spread the ashes too thick, or too densely, your glass won’t come out as well and will generally be duller and not quite as spectacular to look at. Most people find their jewellery most appealing when the light shines through and illuminates the intricate detailing inside the glass.

I recently explained this to one of my customers who had requested one of my Wild Flower glass sculptures to remember her family dog, who she was incredibly sad about losing.

I provided everything she needed in her order pack – including the measuring spoon – and talked her through the process involved. Now, the sculpture sits on her windowsill and every day when she opened the curtains the lights shines through beautifully and brightens her day.

The process for making cremation jewellery varies slightly depending on the end product and the company making it, but to get a general idea, read about my own process for creating memorial glass rings on my blog.

What happens to the leftover ashes?

In most cases, there will be a small amount of your pet’s ashes left over after your jewellery or art has been made. Most companies should be more than happy to send this back to you securely, along with the finished product.

However, I’d always recommend asking a company if they’ll do this before making your final decision. Usually being able to send a few emails back and forth – or even better, actually speaking on the phone – can alleviate most clients’ fears about what to expect when choosing memorial glass.

Remember, always be sure you’re 100% confident in a cremation jewellery company and the finished product you’re going to receive, before sending away your pet’s ashes in the post. Here are some examples of Questions you may want to ask.


By now, you should have a good idea of how much of your pet’s ashes you need to make any number of amazing cremation glass products – however, I’d recommend always check with the company before sending your beloved pet’s ashes away in the post.

Remember, it’s important you feel 100% confident in not only the quality of the product, but also the company you’re going to use. Don’t be afraid to ask questions so you can be sure you’re making the right choice – and hopefully, you’ll end up with a beautiful piece of jewellery or art that will truly honour your pet’s memory.