Making Cremation Beads
Every bead is individually handcrafted in my studio, from the finest Italian glass. Using a torch and rods of brilliantly colored glass, I melt the glass onto a stainless steel tool, shaping it into the bead of your choice . This process is called “lampworking.” I incorporate the ashes and then apply a layer of clear glass. Any requested additions like swirls, a heart, and/or a paw print are then added before the bead is placed into a kiln and fired to create a strong and durable piece.
Each cremation bead is an original, but I can make several similar beads by using the same glass rods and lampworking techniques. Similar beads are used in designs such as earrings, where more than one cremation bead is needed for a project. Additionally, similar beads are often requested when more than one person wants a memorial bead for the same loved one.
I recognize that a loved one’s cremation ash is not always available. That was the case with my own father. So instead of using his ashes, I made beads that incorporated strands of his hair. The end result is different, but the beads are just as special. As the hairs are encased under molten clear glass, gases are released, resulting in wonderful tiny bubbles throughout each bead. If you are interested in having beads made with hair or fur and want to discuss this further, please feel free to contact me. Otherwise, the ordering process is the same.
Please note that due to the handcrafted nature of each bead, dimensions are approximate. To finish all my pieces I use sterling silver and/or Swarovski crystals. You may place your order through my online shop, or contact me to schedule an in person consultation.,