Thank you so much for your interest in my beads. I am thrilled that you like my work. I'm so very sorry that your loved one or pet passed away. I would be very honored to make beads for you.
It is my sincere hope that this shop will assist in your grieving process. I also hope it will assist you in healing by feeling closer to those you have lost.
***(@)***(@)***(@)***PLEASE take a moment to read ALL the information in this listing before ordering.
The Price listed is for ONE charm style bead & a tasteful Collection Kit. However I usually make at least two or three to insure one turns out just right.
These beads will fit any European Charm Bracelet (PANDORA, Trinket, Troll, Camilla, etc.) You will also need to think about whether you want the ashes to be visible, under transparent glass, or hidden from view inside the bead under opaque glass. What type of shape, pattern, color scheme, and style you would like.
I am also a metal smith, so I can offer you many options such as: Stamped bead caps for your charm beads. Pieces using intricate wire work. They could have a plaque made with the name of the pet you've lost. I can use the same Cremains or Lampwork beads to create memorial bracelets, rings, and necklaces, Etc.
*****IMPORTANT information about changes in the USPS shipping laws. As of January 2014 all packages containing Cremated Remains MUST be properly labeled with a USPS cremated remains sticker and shipped via Priority Express Mail with Signature Confirmation (your kit will include an addressed Priority Express padded flat rate envelope with the stickers already attached.
Because of these changes my Shipping fee has been increased. As will your cost to ship your kit back to me. If in the United States, your cost for shipping the kit to me will be approx. $22 above the $25 shipping charged when you make a purchase from my shop. I truly wish there was a less expensive way, but I must follow the law, and out of respect I feel it is important to follow proper shipping protocol. INTERNATIONAL shipping rates vary, I have no way of knowing what each countries laws are or their prices for shipping, but my fee is $75.
As soon as we come to an agreement about exactly what you want made, and make a purchase, I will send you a kit with everything you will need to safely & legally ship a very small amount (about 1/2 tsp.) of your pet's ashes to me. In the kit you will receive: instructions, as well as an addressed padded USPS Priority Express Mail envelope, with USPS cremated remains stickers, a small labeled plastic jar, in a zip-lock type baggie, and a small scoop spoon for the cremains
Once I receive the cremains I will make the beads individually, by melting glass with a torch, and winding it onto a mandrel. During the melting and forming of the bead I incorporate the cremains into the hot glass. The cremains become part of the glass. Unlike most Cremation Jewelry, there are no loose cremains that could spill if the stopper were to come loose. If you've never seen Lampworking in person, you might want to look at one of the many YouTube videos available. Like this one: www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMOravnFCEg
The process will take me anywhere form 6-9 weeks. Usually somewhere in between. But if you have a specific date I can try to accommodate you, although I can't always promise.
Any remaining cremains & extra beads (if any) will be returned to you along with your finished piece.
I hope that this information answers your questions satisfactorily.
I hope this shop will assist in your grieving process by helping you feel closer to the love one you have lost.