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About 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.

 

Every pendant on the My Angel website has a small sealed cavity which can be filled with ashes or other momento. You can easily fill the pendants yourself (a preview of the instructions are below) and each pendant comes with a filling kit which contains instructions, a polishing cloth, small funnel, glue, tweezers and toothpick... everything you need to fill the pendant.

 

How to fill your pendant

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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