How it's Made
We create our cremation jewelry using an art form called lampworking. Long rods of glass are melted in an oxygen rich flame using a specialized torch. When the glass becomes molten it is wrapped around a stainless steel rod called a mandrel, which the bead is formed around. When the glass is in a liquid form it becomes sticky like a thick honey and it is when it is in this form that the ashes are added. A clear glass is then used to encase the ashes in the bead.
Once the cremation jewelry is complete it is then placed into a kiln and annealed to ensure maximum strength and durability. Annealing is the process of cooling the glass down to room temperature very slowly over an eight hour period.
After annealing is complete the glass is removed from the kiln and the jewelry hardware is added. We then package the finished piece and ship them, along with any remaining ashes back to you.
We only ever work on one order at a time in our studio and focus 100% of our attention and energy on your cremation jewelry. Myself and Adam are the only people who will handle your loved ones ashes and take this responsibility and privilege very seriously.
Collecting the Ashes:
what to expect
The process of opening an urn or box to retrieve your loved ones ashes can be an incredibly difficult task. We hope the following information will help you bolster your courage to collect your ashes.
If you know you are not ready to go through this process (as many people are not) we encourage you to ask a friend, neighbor or co-worker. You would be surprised at how many people understand the importance of what you are asking and will be willing to help. Even bringing your urn or box to your local funeral home and asking for their assistance with this project is a great idea. You are surrounded by people waiting to help, you just need to ask.
Ashes range in color from pure white to cream to various shades of grey. They consist of fine soft ash and various textures and sizes of larger pieces. Occasionally you can see flecks of bright teal and coral colors.
Regardless of color, all ashes turn pure white within the molten glass.
When collecting your ashes don't worry about the texture of what you collect as we will sift them through a fine mesh before incorporating them into the glass to ensure an even design.
How to Order
****At checkout please use the 'Notes' section to let us know if you will be sending more than one ash source. We will send you the appropriate number of bags.
* Select and purchase your Cremation Keepsakes from the online store. If you are paying with PayPal or credit card your payment can be processed on our web site. If you are paying with e-transfer please choose 'Offline Payment' at checkout. An invoice will be emailed to you.
* For orders WITHIN CANADA I will mail you a package that contains a detailed order form which is used to accompany the ashes while being shipped back to me and a pre-labeled bag to place the ashes in. Written on this bag will be the amount of ashes needed to complete your specific order.
* For orders OUTSIDE OF CANADA please mail us approximately one tablespoon of ashes in a container of your choice or double bagged in a ziplock-syle bag. Please make sure your container or bag is labeled with your order number, your name and the name of your loved one. Please also send a paper copy of your order. EVERY COUNTRY HAS DIFFERENT REGULATIONS REGARDING THE SHIPPING OF ASHES. MAKE SURE TO FIND OUT YOUR COUNTRIES REGULATIONS PRIOR TO ORDERING.
* As soon as I receive the ash collection envelope from you I will email you to confirm that your package arrived safely and start creating your piece. Delivery time will be 4-6 weeks from the date I receive both the ashes and payment.