JavaScript is required for this feature.

Bing Tracking Pixel

Sorry, Spirit Pieces website does not work well on Internet Explorer. Please try another browser for the optimum experience.

The Making of Our Glass Flowers with Infused Cremation Ash

The Making of Our Glass Flowers with Infused Cremation Ash

The Making of Our Glass Flowers with Infused Cremation Ash

The Making of Our Glass Flowers with Infused Cremation Ash

September 23, 2016

Our handmade glass flowers with infused cremation ash have been a big hit with several people buying memorial bouquets to remember loved ones by. We decided to show you how these lovely creations are made!

Laying out the color and ash

The first step in making our glass flowers is to layout the bloom. We add cremation ash into the channels between the petals - in this case made up of Light Powder Pink Frit. Our flowers use around a tablespoon of ash each.

We gather green glass around the molten clear core to create the stem.

Now that we have our petal prepped, it's time to start working with 1800 degree molten glass! Taken from a crucible, a gather of molten glass is rolled in green frit to make the stem. Several layers of frit are added as we build up our flower stem.

The Molten form is then turned to widen the edge. Both gravity and tools work to make the end of the molten blob flat with a lip. At this point, the glass is still 1600F+ and is viscous. Special care is needed not to either touch anything flammable or non-graphite as molten glass is super sticky.

Applying the blossom colors and cremains to the flower base

Of course, being super sticky has it's advantages when you're trying to pick up the petal design we laid down earlier. The gather is inverted and applied to the pattern with light pressure. Both the colored frit and cremains (well defined in the photo above) are picked up. the frit slowly melts into the glass base; the cremains don't melt but become infused in the glass matrix.

Forming the petal ripples

Using additional tools, a light ripple pattern is applied to the blossom. With a gravity assist, the outward edge of the blossom curls inwards. At this point the glass has cooled significantly to be barely viscous but it is still hot enough to glow a dull red.

The next step (not shown) is reheating the base so it becomes viscous and drawing out the stem. This further draws in the inner aspect of the flower giving it that lovely look. Once the stem is drawn out a small tap will break the connection between the rod and flower.

At this point, the flower is still 1000 degrees and the internal structure is under a lot of stress due to the creation process. If you were to leave this outside or on a work-bench it would rapidly cool and likely shatter. To prevent this, the flower is placed within an annealing oven that slowly heats up, then cools down the flower over the period of several hours. This relieves all the internal stresses.

Hopefully you found this informative. I would like to thank Barbara for providing me with these wonderful pictures. If you would like to buy these flowers, click on the product listings below. Please contact us at hello@spiritpieces.com with any questions.




Suggested Reading

Selling Cremation Jewelry on Amazon
Selling Cremation Jewelry on Amazon

June 24, 2022

An explanation of why we do not sell our infused cremation jewelry on Amazon.

Read More

Cremation Jewelry For Men - Buyer's Guide
Cremation Jewelry For Men - Buyer's Guide

April 02, 2022

Cremation Jewelry for Men is always a hard find so we put together a buyer's guide for men's memorial jewelry.  This includes cremation rings and cremation jewelry.

Read More

Top 10 Ocean Themed Memorial Pieces
Top 10 Ocean Themed Memorial Pieces

January 08, 2022

We explore the Top 10 Ocean Themed Memorial Pieces to honor memories of fun in the sun.

Read More

Types of Cremation Jewelry for Humans and Pets
Types of Cremation Jewelry for Humans and Pets

December 11, 2021

We review a range of cremation jewelry options for those looking for memorial jewelry.  This includes different types of cremation rings, cremation pendants, memorial bracelets.  Both jewelry with ash added by artists is reviewed along with cremation urn keepsakes you can add cremation ash to yourself.

Read More

12 Handcrafted Memorial Jewelry Items to Keep Your Loved One Close
12 Handcrafted Memorial Jewelry Items to Keep Your Loved One Close

September 12, 2021

We’ll share with you 12 handcrafted memorial jewelry pieces created by our talented artists. They use their craftsmanship to help remind those who have lost a loved one that they can always be with them.

Read More

Coping With Your Kitty's Loss with a Cat Urn
Coping With Your Kitty's Loss with a Cat Urn

August 10, 2021

Losing a beloved feline is always a horrible experience, from the trip to the vet/crematorium to the silent home one comes back to.  A larger than life cat-sized void is ever present.  One of the first steps toward closure is memorializing your beloved feline.

Read More