Many people choose to hold on to their loved one's cremated remains by placing the ashes in containers such as urns and vases kept around the house. This way, they can see the object and remember the person whose remains fill it. Fusing the cremated remains in glass provides another way for you to remember your loved ones. You can use your own glassmaking skills and materials to fuse the remains of your loved one in glass objects such as orbs and pendants.
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Things you need
- Cremated remains
- Metal table
- Molten glass
- Coloured glass
Lay out your design. You need to choose your design beforehand to facilitate the glassmaking process. Consider how you want your glass object to look in the end and lay out a small portion of the cremated remains on the table. The amount you use depends on what size of object you are making. For example, you can use more of the ashes with an orb than you can with a glass pendant you want to wear around your neck. Also lay out coloured glass in powder form if you want to incorporate colour into your design. The texture of the powdered coloured class and the ashes are similar and work well together.
Dip the punty into the molten glass in the furnace. Once the molten glass is on the punty, you can begin working with it.
Roll the molten glass over the remains and coloured glass powder. The rolling motion picks up the ashes and coloured glass and absorbs them into the glass ball. Use just enough molten glass to add the other materials.
Melt the glass powder. Dip the punty into the molten glass again to fuse the coloured glass with the clear glass.
Shape the glass. With all the materials now on the punty, you can shape the piece into its final design. Add another layer of molten glass and apply the desired shape to the piece until you are satisfied.
Dip the piece into the molten glass a final time. Add enough molten glass to completely fuse the remains and the design inside the glass.
Remove the punty. Use a slightly wet knife to separate the point of removal. Apply slight force to the punty to jar the piece off of the end.
Place piece in the kiln. The kiln cools the piece slowly to ensure its integrity.
Tips and warnings
- Rotate the punty at all times during the process to maintain the shape of your glass.
- It is dangerous to work with molten glass without the right materials, a certain level of experience or at least under the supervision of an expert glassmaker.
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