One of the most frequently asked questions we get is, ‘How to fill jewelry urns’.
But perhaps you’re asking, What is cremation urn jewelry? To explain, cremation urn jewelry looks as stylish as regular jewelry but with one difference. Inside is a hidden chamber that holds a tiny portion of cremation ashes.
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.
Learning how to fill jewelry urns with is simple. In fact, the process can bring much-needed healing and comfort.
5 Easy Steps
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
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
• small funnel
• sieve (optional)
• small flat head screwdriver
• small plastic spoon
• clothes peg
• 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.
Cremation urn jewelry online
Gone are the days of funeral homes being the only outlet from which to purchase cremation urns, and cremation urn jewelry. Thanks to modern urn making techniques and urn jewelry manufacturing the choice of styles and designs online are stunning.
View stylish adult cremation urn jewelry.
View modern cremation urn bracelets.
View cremation urn keyrings with urban style
View dressy pet cremation urn jewelry.
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