How to Use Your Loved Ones’ Ashes to Create Stunning CufflinksKenny Scott | May 20, 2016 | Ashes into 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.
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:
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).
The coloured glass is heated up to around 1500 – 1400 degrees, until it becomes sort of a honey texture.
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!
The final product sits in a kiln for 24 hours, until it has cooled back down to room temperature.
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.
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.
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’.
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.