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How to fill cremation jewellery

The death of a loved one or special pet can be difficult to handle. One way to commemorate and honour your loss is to create a special keepsake called cremation jewellery. A part of your loved one will always be with you, close to your heart. Even if you have not chosen cremation, these small charms can be filled with earth from the burial site, a lock of hair or bits of dried flowers from a funeral arrangement. They are simple to create, but the assembly process may be emotionally difficult.

Instructions

1.

Remove the charm's screw to access the hollow cavity inside. The screw is usually located at the top of the charm where the pendant can be hung on a chain, but it may be on the back or the bottom. You can generally unscrew this using your fingers (no tool required).

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2.

Open the container containing the cremations. They will probably be packaged inside a plastic bag inside the urn you received from the funeral home. Open the bag slowly and carefully so you do not spill any of the ashes.  If you have never seen ashes before, it is important to understand they will not be of uniform consistency. Some of the ashes will be fine like sand while other parts will contain larger pieces of bone fragments. Try to scoop out only the finest ashes you can see.

3.

Place a small funnel mouth into the charm's hole and pinch some of the finer ashes with tweezers (or scoop with a teaspoon) and carefully drop the ashes into the funnel going into the hole in the jewellery.  Repeat until the charm is 80-90 percent full. If larger pieces become lodged in the funnel, turn it upside down inside the plastic bag and push a toothpick into the hole to clear the funnel.
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4.

Clear away any excess ashes from the opening with a toothpick. Twist the screw back into the hole. If the screw is the ring-loop for the chain ensure the eyelet is facing sideways so that the chain sits flat.   Be sure not to over tighten or you may snap the ring - the jewellery has a precision thread on it and does not require to be forced closed.
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How to Seal your Jewellery:

In most cases, the jewellery can be adequately sealed simply by tightly fastening the screw back into place. However we strongly recommend sealing cylinder pendants and for peace of mind many consumers want an even more permanent seal which can be easily done.

Simply add a small drop of glue with a toothpick where the screw meets the pendant. You may want to place a small drop on a piece of cardboard and dip the toothpick into the glue. Be careful not to get any glue on the pendant itself.

Again, an adhesive is not always necessary to secure a permanent seal. Many people elect to use it for their piece of mind. Applying an adhesive to the screw is particularly recommended if there is a chance the pendant might end up submerged in water at some point.  I have actually tested a piece myself by placing a piece of tissue where the keepsake is to go, sealing the screw finger tight and dropping the pendant in water for 5 minutes.  On opening the tissue was dry!  However long periods of intentional submersion – as if in a swimming pool or bathtub – are not recommended, but occasional exposure to rain should not be a problem for most pieces.


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How to Clean Stainless-Steel Keepsake Jewellery

From watches to wedding rings, stainless-steel jewellery has a lot going for it. It's handsome--it resembles platinum, but it's much stronger and less expensive. It's not prone to rust or tarnish, and it's easy to clean. Here's how to keep stainless-steel jewellery looking its best.

 

Stainless steel jewellery can be easily maintained with a little care. Wash it in warm water and soapy solutions. It can be done with the help of any mild detergent or get solutions made for this purpose from the market. Then clean it dry with a dry and clean cloth. A window cleaner can also be used for the purpose of ridding stainless steel jewellery from sticky and greasy stains.

Keep in mind is to avoid using sharp tool and abrasive cleaners to clean the jewellery because this would leave scratch marks and also remove the protective shield that is found on stainless steel things. This shield protects these objects from corrosion and rusting and the usage of sharp things and harsh detergents would remove this protective shield.

 

 

How to Take Good Care of Your Silver Jewellery

Don't let your sterling silver jewellery lie directly on wood surfaces as wood usually contains acid that can damage the silver's surface. We are all guilty of setting our jewellery on our dressers or jewellery boxes at night time. Hopefully that is a thing of the past as we now know what it does to our silver jewellery.

Do wear your jewellery often. Surprisingly wearing your silver jewellery is one of the easiest ways to keep it clean. It sounds strange but the more you wear it the less often you will need to clean it. Our skin produces oils naturally that help to prevent our jewellery from tarnishing. When the silver comes in contact with our skin the oils transfer to the surface of the silver keeping it shining longer. If worn continually sterling silver jewellery develops a lovely look called a patina over time. This glowing quality with some darker areas is preferred by many jewellery wearers. Many consider the patina developed by silver to add to the character or personality of the piece.

Don't use toothpaste to clean your jewellery. There is some controversy about this however, experts agree that toothpaste is too abrasive to be used on silver and may scratch the surface diminishing the beauty and value. Using toothpaste to clean silver is common advice but it is always better to be safe than sorry.

Do use polishing cloths. These cloths are specially treated to shine your silver jewellery without scratching and contain special chemicals that slow down the tarnishing process. These cloths can be found in jewellery shops and online retailers and may even be found in discount stores near their jewellery departments.

Don't expose your silver jewellery to harsh chemicals. Chemicals such as chlorine, bleach and ammonia are obvious substances to avoid. Sneakier shine destroyers are chemicals found in perfume, hair spray and cosmetics. It is better to cover your jewellery or to adorn yourself with it after your hair and makeup are applied.