One of the most common questions we receive is, “How do I fill jewelry urns?”

We’re here to help you with this process and make it as smooth and comforting as possible.

But first, you might be wondering, what exactly is cremation urn jewelry? Cremation urn jewelry is a beautiful and discreet way to keep a loved one close. It looks just like stylish, everyday jewelry, but with a special twist: inside, there is a hidden chamber designed to hold a tiny portion of cremation ashes.

Sometimes called mourning jewelry – urn earrings  , urn bracelets, urn rings and urn necklaces this elegant jewelry allows you to carry a part of your loved one (or pet) with you wherever you go. 

Whether you choose a necklace, bracelet, or ring, these pieces are crafted with care and love to ensure they are as meaningful as they are beautiful.

Many people keep the majority of ashes in a large cremation urn. However, they choose to fill mini keepsake urns or jewelry so each family member with their own personal ashes gift. This is a beautiful way to keep a newly departed loved one’s memory close.

One option to transfer ashes into smaller keepsake urns or urn jewelry is to ask the funeral director. However, you don’t need any special skills or expertise to do it yourself.

Learning how to fill jewelry urns with is simple. In fact, the process can bring much-needed healing and comfort.

5 Easy Steps

Step 1. Determine where to load ash into your jewelry urn
Step 2. Layout tools and supplies
Step 3. Prepare the cremation ash
Step 4. Filling urn jewelry with ash
Step 5. Sealing urn jewelry with glue

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Filling jewerly urns step-by-step

Human ashes (cremains) are safe to handle. While some people prefer to wear a mask, others don’t. The choice is yours. Just be sure you choose a work area protected from drafts or unexpected gusts of wind.

Step 1. Determine where to load ash into your jewelry urn

First, determine where to load the cremation ash. Most urn jewelry makers use one of three loading methods.

1. Top loaded jewelry urn with a twist off cap
2. Back-loaded jewelry urn with a screw cap
3. Bottom or side-loaded jewelry urn with a screw cap

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Step 2. Layout tools and supplies

Filling all three types of jewelry urns is a similar process. You’ll need some tools and supplies. Most of which you’ll already have.
(Many jewelry urn suppliers provide free ash filling kits, or you can buy online.)
• a small towel
• thin sheet of paper
• toothpick
• small funnel
• sieve (optional)
• small flat head screwdriver
• small plastic spoon
• clothes peg
• glue
• cremation ashes

Step 3. Prepare the cremation ash

Urn jewelry holds a token amount of ash (less than a quarter of a teaspoon.) Aim for selecting fine grains.

Spread a small portion of cremains on the paper.

With the spoon or sieve, remove any larger chunks of ash.

Open the ash chamber using the flat head screwdriver.

Step 4. Filling urn jewelry with ash

Keep both hands free by using the peg to hold the jewelry urn upright.

Scoop up a small amount of fine ash with the spoon.
Place the funnel in the urn opening.
Spoon ashes into the funnel.
Gently tap the ashes funnel.

Use a toothpick to push or clear the ash in the funnel.
Do NOT fill the ashes jewelry chamber to the top. Aim for 80% full. (This allows clearance for the screw cap.)

Using a toothpick, clear away any ashes lodged in the threads.
The cap should screw back in and sit flush.

Close the cap using a screwdriver to tighten it.

Step 5. Sealing urn jewelry with glue

After loading the ashes, many people prefer to seal urn jewelry with glue. Following these steps will ensure a good result.

When sealing with glue, only screw the cap down 80%.
Using a toothpick, spread a clear drying glue under the screw head.
Immediately tighten the screw cap. Ensure the screw sits flush.
Wipe clean with a cloth to remove any excess glue.
Wait 24 hours before wearing, giving the glue time to dry.

For twist off top pendants, glue the cap into the correct position, so the pendant lays flat against your skin when on the chain.

Urn jewelry aftercare

Every so often, check to make sure the screw cap is tight. Unless specified ‘waterproof’ avoid wearing cremation jewelry while showering or swimming.

Make filling urn jewelry a healing process

Many families make filling cremation jewelry a healing process. These are just some of the comments we’ve received.

“My sister did the filling while my brother and I told favourite stories about mum.”
“Dad was a big part of all our lives. Each having a pendant of his ashes means he stays close to all our hearts.”
“The thought of dealing with grandma’s ashes crept me, but mum talked me through it. The sense of comfort I felt was incredible. It was like grandma was in the room with us.”
“I gave my grandson an ashes bracelet after his ‘Poppy’ died. It helped him understand ‘Poppy’s’ love would always be with him.

Managing Ashes at Home

Today, transferring a loved one’s ashes at home has never been easier or more accessible. You no longer need to rely solely on funeral homes for cremation urns. With modern urn-making techniques and innovative jewelry manufacturing, the variety of stunning styles and designs available online is truly remarkable.

This shift offers a warm and personal way to keep your loved ones close, allowing you to choose pieces that reflect their unique spirit and your cherished memories together. Embrace the confidence that comes with managing this heartfelt process in the comfort of your own home, surrounded by the beauty and elegance of carefully crafted urn jewelry.


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