Making memorial ashes into keepsake jewellery

Memorial ashes can be fused inside glass which can then be made into a special piece of jewellery for you to wear close to you. It is becoming very popular for people to have some of the cremation ashes of a family member or a beloved pet made into a keepsake. I handle the ashes with great care and reverence and would be happy to discuss the details of what you would like made, when you are ready.

Some people have chosen to bring the ashes to a private glass fusing class and they have made their own momentos and jewellery pieces (with my assistance) which makes them even more personal.

It is a very special honour to help someone create a special keepsake, often at a difficult time.

Making your personal memorial jewellery

Many people prefer to have the cremation ashes mixed with other inclusions and there are various options to select from below. You might prefer to have the ashes more prominently visible and this can be done on any colour of glass background with clear glass on top and made into pendants, rings, earrings, charms, cufflinks. Please take a look in my shop to see the range of jewellery I create and we can discuss options.

I only use a tiny amount of ash. The fine ash would be placed inside 2 layers of glass and fully fused in my kiln at approximately 800C which creates a shiny, smooth surface with the ashes permanently sealed inside. Tiny bubbles can appear inside the glass when ash is used - this can add to the uniqueness of your individual pieces. The finished glass is very robust - it is a 6mm deep solid piece of glass.

Please allow up to approximately 3 weeks (might be sooner) for finishing the jewellery and I send the finished jewellery by Royal Mail signed for post or you can collect if local. This is a bespoke service and takes extra care and time - prices can vary from £15 (for a glass charm) to £75 depending on the size and complexity of the piece.

Bubbles glass

Ashes can be mixed with the chemical mixture that I use to create my most popular range of bubbles glass jewellery. The ash would only be visible when looking closely - the lovely effects of the bubbles would be the prominent visible feature.

This can be done in any colour glass and different shapes and as pendants, rings, earrings, charms, cufflinks etc. Example price: £50 for a pendant with chain similar to these in the photo.

Plain coloured glass or mica shimmer

Ashes can be sprinkled finely either as just ash (left) or with some shimmery mica powder added (right). I have mica powder in a gold, silver, copper or bronze shades and the piece would have clear glass on top.  

This can be done with any colour of background glass you'd like and different shpaes and sizes and made into a pendant, ring, earrings, cufflinks, charms. Example price: £45 for a pendant with chain similar to these in the photo.

Mica hearts

Ashes can be mixed with the shimmery mica powder which I have in a gold, silver, copper or bronze shades and made into heart shapes which are then fused inside 2 layers of glass, with clear on top. (I can also do paw prints shapes in the mica) The ash wouldn't be distinguishable from the shimmery mica powder and not visible.

This can be done with any colour of background glass you'd like and made into a pendant. Example price: £55 for a pendant with chain similar to these in the photo.

Coloured granules

Ashes can be mixed with the any colour of glass granules which are then fused inside 2 layers of glass. The ash would be visible amongst the colourful granules - I can make the ashes more or less visible to suit your preferences.

This can be done with any colour of background glass you'd like and any colour of granules and as pendants, rings or cufflinks. Example price: £45 for a pendant with chain similar to these in the photo.

Glass fusing class to make your own keepsake jewellery

I run glass fusing classes in Worcester and you might like to take the opportunity to create your own jewellery by using the memorial ashes.

I have run a few of these private classes, most recently where 2 sisters came to create some keepsake jewellery from their mother's ashes and they found it a cathartic therapy which helped them with their grieving. They made some lovely personal pieces of jewellery and also some hanging decorations.

Details about booking classes can be found here.

Please do get in touch to discuss what you would like to have made and any questions you might have about the process.