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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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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 Jewellery
Stainless steel jewelry is made of a steel alloy that contains chromium. The good thing about stainless steel is that it does not corrode or rust. Although it is also very durable, this type of steel can get scratched and stained. This is why you should follow some simple rules to keep your stainless steel jewelry in good condition.
Stainless Steel Care Instructions...
I have never provided any special care to my pendant in 10 years, however if you want to polish or clean your pendant, we suggest trying these methods.
1. Soap and Water...
The simplest way to clean your stainless steel pendant is with a bit of soap and water when it's dull and dirty. This helps clean off any pollutants and grime on your jewellry. Remember to please use a mild liquid soup and warm water. Once you've cleaned off your jewellry, polish with a lint-free cloth to remove all possibilities of water spots.
2. Baking Soda...
Believe it or not, baking soda is a great cleaner for stainless steel jewellry. Making a thick paste of baking soda mixed with water, use a toothbrush to slowly clean your jewellry. Once you've cleaned it thoroughly take a cloth to dry your piece an ensure it's completely dry. (YouTube has many videos that show how to do this)
Helpful Tips and Things to Avoid...
Avoid harsh chemicals. Bleach and chlorine can damage the surface of stainless steel metal, therefore, we recommend you remove any jewellry before swimming in chlorinated pools.
If you choose to go with a jewellry cleaner, make sure that it is safe to use on stainless steel metals, as some cleaners can be abrasive and scratch steel.
Avoid storing your jewellry with other sharp objects or jewellry as this could scratch it instead of store your stainless steel jewellry separately in a fabric-lined box or the cloth pouch that was included with your item.
We want your keepsake pendant to last a lifetime. With the proper care, your pendant will maintain its luster for many years to come.