How It Works
Place Your Order
Design your bead/pendant exactly how you want it and place your order. Within 2-3 business days, a collection kit will be mailed to you. If you are selecting a Design Your Own bead, you will select your color(s) when you receive your collection kit.
Receive Collection Kit
You will receive your collection kit with instructions on how to collect and prepare cremains, hair and other items. It will also include very specific shipping instructions for returning your completed kit and a small flat rate box/label for shipping cremains, hair, etc., back to our studio.
Return Collection Kit
Once the items are returned to our studio, allow 2-8 weeks for the design and completion of your bead and/or pendant. Starting late September, please allow up to 10 weeks during a busy Holiday season. Of course, we will do our best to make sure you have your items in a timely fashion.
Receive Tracking Number
Once complete, we will ship your bead/pendant out via USPS Priority (?) and email you a tracking number.
Memory Bead Design & Creation Process
The glass work we do to create your memory bead is called lampwork, flamework or torchwork. Wikipedia definition: using a torch to melt the glass. Once in a molten state, the bead is formed by blowing and shaping with tools and hand movement. When finished each piece is properly annealed which significantly hardens and strengthens the glass.
We take sentimental items and infuse them into the glass bead or pendant. Each piece is a handcrafted one of a kind piece of art you can cherish and pass down. During the process of creating and shaping your piece, items of your choosing are added to and encased in the glass. Each item adds its own unique detail to the glass.
For example; adding ashes/cremains to the glass gives a visible gray characteristic that sometimes resembles sand. You can also choose to add items such as hair (i.e. hair from a loved one, mane or tail from your horse, hair from your pet dog), fabric, sand, flowers, etc. Please feel free to ask about an item you would like to add.