This is my page with information about the memorial glass beads that I make.
Some years ago I was asked to make something for a friend whose Grandmother had passed away, and after some thought and discussion we decided that a memorial glass mini paperweight with ashes in would be something the friend would treasure; it is a comforting shape and the glass takes on the warmth of your hand when you hold it. One customer told me ‘Now I can hold her in my hand as well as my heart’. These words touched me deeply knowing that I had bought this person some comfort.
Since then for several years I made mini glass paperweights and marbles containing cremains. Sadly though I have developed carpal tunnel syndrome in my right hand which is exacerbated by making the paperweights. I stopped making these just over a year ago, however recently a school friend asked me to make a bead to remember a loved one and so I made a sample piece (containing wood ash from our woodburner just to show her an example). Having made this piece I have now decided to restart offering a memorial service but this time making beads and jewellery rather than paperweights. Below is a photograph of the sample bead that I made for my friend and in time I shall make some more sample pieces to add to this one. The white speckles in this bead are the ashes. I have made a base of a glass rich in silver which gives a lovely mother of pearl effect, I mostly have blue in this glass at the moment or pink. The silver rich glass has been covered (in this case) in a thin layer of transparent baby blue glass, then there is the layer of ash, then a covering layer of the baby blue transparent glass.
I can make beads, pendants, necklaces with leather, sterling silver or waxed cotton cord. Earrings may be possible but they might be a bit fiddly to do.
For prices and more information please get in touch. I want to assure you that I will take the utmost care of your precious cremains and return any unused to you with your item which will be packaged in a pretty blue box.