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Make memorial jewelry with ashes of a deceased animal

Easily make your own memorial jewelry in the form of a necklace, ring or an object with the ashes of your dog, cat, horse or other pet. A special memory and keepsake that you can always carry with you or display beautifully.

Farewell and loss, we all experience this less pleasant side of life. Whether it is a loved one, a family member or a pet. Saying goodbye is difficult. You can find comfort in jewelry and objects to remember your lost loved ones.
In this blog I want to take you through the process of making such an object or piece of jewelry yourself. My name is Maaike Munneke-Merks and my company is called ' Ash in resin '. I make many beautiful, unique and personal memories: from jewelry to objects with ash in epoxy resin.

With epoxy and a silicone mold you can process hair, photos, baby teeth, (finger/paw) prints or other memories in or on your jewelry. It is important to use good epoxy resin for this. I use the UltraEpoxy epoxy resin from ItsOkay. This is their newest epoxy resin and has significantly fewer bubbles and a super clear result. The result is very beautiful.

Supplies:

Step 1: Preparation

First I prepare all the supplies on my work surface. I use the Epoxy Resin UV (UltraEpoxy Premium) because it produces the fewest air bubbles and a very clear result. Because I am going to use a paw print in a heart, I choose a smaller mold with a paw print, for which it is very suitable. It is a beautiful little subtle leg, which I can incorporate nicely into the larger heart mould.

Step 2: Making the leg from ash

We first start by making the small paw print from the ash. For this you need the mold with the legs and the bone. I make some epoxy resin, you don't need that much, because basically only a small drop of epoxy resin goes through the axle, since it is a nice little leg. After mixing the epoxy resin for at least 3 minutes, I let it rest for a while so that all the bubbles can come out. These will naturally float to the top and then burst. If they don't all pop, you can always go over them very quickly with a heat tool. Once I've let this sit for about 15 minutes, I mix the epoxy resin with the ash. Even after stirring the ash with epoxy resin, bubbles may still emerge. I also let this rest for a while so that the bubbles can come out. After letting it rest, I carefully place the ash into the mold. I fill the mold piece by piece and make sure that not too much air is added. I let the work harden for a day before I can remove it from the mold to incorporate it into the larger heart. So it is important that it has hardened properly.

Step 3: Process the ash leg into the first layer

Once the ash leg has hardened properly, I can process it in a first transparent layer of epoxy resin. I leave this transparent, so that the ash leg is clearly visible and this also gives a nice 3D effect. I also mix some epoxy resin and let it rest well so that all bubbles are removed. I let this rest for about half an hour. Then I dip the ash leg through the epoxy resin before placing it in the mold. This way I prevent air bubbles from getting under the leg when I pour the transparent layer of epoxy resin. Then I place the axle leg slightly diagonally in the larger mold and also place the mold on a sloping side. This way the transparent layer stays in the corner, because that's what I want. You can tilt the mold as far as you want. In this case I placed a small silicone tray underneath, which keeps the mold at an angle until the epoxy resin has hardened. Then I pour the clear epoxy resin over it until it is completely submerged. I also let this transparent layer harden for at least 24 hours before pouring the next layer.

Step 4: The layer with gold flakes

The transparent layer has now hardened for 24 hours, and I can now
continue with the layer with the gold flakes. I think this is a nice combination with black, which I want to pour as the final layer. You can of course see for yourself what you like best. Again after mixing I let it rest for a while to let the bubbles come out and I use the gold flakes from 1 jar. I mix this with the epoxy resin and let it rest for a while. After about half an hour I pour this layer in and let it dry for another 24 hours. I hold the mold at an angle again, so that the entire heart is not filled.

Step 5: The Black Layer (Final Layer)

After the flake layer has hardened (24 hours), I pour the final layer;
I will make this black. I use black pigment powder for this, because
that gives a bit of a metallic effect. I can see the heart at this layer
just leave it flat as this fills up the rest of the heart. After
mix, I also let it stand for half an hour to get rid of the bubbles
to get. I carefully remove any bubbles that still emerge
off with a lighter. Do this very carefully, you don't want to damage your work or the mold.

Step 6: Demoulding

After the heart has hardened (at least 24 hours), I can finally demould it! The effect of the gold flakes with black is very well done and the ash leg is beautifully visible in the heart. And so you have a beautiful, precious memory that you can always keep and put down.

Tips for making memorial jewelry:

  • Make sure you use good protective equipment such as gloves, etc. Also for small projects. Make sure your room is well ventilated and that the room is at room temperature.
  • If you are going to pour transparent epoxy resin (without color), you can use a UV blocker so that it remains clear and transparent for a long time. Epoxy will discolour over time, so adding UV blocker is recommended.
  • Please note that ash is heavy and therefore sinks. Pay attention to this if you want to process ash in a certain way.
  • If you mix the ash with epoxy resin, many bubbles are still released. If you pour this too quickly, you will get a lot of air bubbles in your work, which makes it extra vulnerable (and also less attractive).
  • Be careful not to 'burn' your molds with a blowtorch. Too much heat can damage your mold and therefore your work.

More information?

Do you have questions about making art, jewelry or casting/coating floors or other objects? Several epoxy experts work at itsOkay, each with their own expertise. We are happy to help you.
Contact itsOkay customer service or take a look at the Epoxy knowledge center .

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