I have an extensive palette of color in stock at all times. Any design can be done with any color, with few exceptions. Ash, for example, shows up whitish when encased in glass, therefore using white next to ash is not a good option. However, white can be used as accents in pattern work to compliment the ash. Light colors, such as pink, will create a subtle look, while darker and opaque colors will make the ash stand out more. Please see the Memorial Art section for more examples.
It takes very little ash to create glass memorials. I ask that you send 1 tsp per memorial you'd like created. I will typically use all the ash to create your memorial, but if there are any cremains left I will gladly return them to you. The shipping charge for this is $22.95. This is not included in the order price as it is typically not needed. I also offer the option of storing the cremains in the event you'd like to have additional memorial pieces created at a future time. In the event of unforeseen circumstances, you will also receive any broken or underworked glass that contains your ash.
I take great care in labeling and keeping track of everything that comes into my shop. I am the only one that will handle the ashes during any part of this process, and I take my work very seriously. Anything that comes into contact with cremains is cleaned between use so that there is no chance of cross contamination with any other clients cremains. Everything is kept separately and labeled at each step in the process.
I wear my own memorial art of my loved ones every day, and know how emotional this whole process is. I offer this service to others because of the great joy and comfort it has brought me and my family. I approach every piece the same way, and with the same care and consideration, as I would if they were ashes of my loved one.
Upon placing an order, a cremains collection kit will be mailed to you which will include everything you need to collect and mail the ashes to me to create your memorial art. If you are uncomfortable collecting the ashes, a friend, family member, or funeral home might be willing to collect them for you. If you are near Eugene, Oregon, I am happy to help you with this process. Please contact me to set up an appointment to collect the ashes.
Please contact me to discuss anything you'd like to know. I am happy to answer any questions and discuss ideas you might have for customs.
USPS Priority Express provides tracking, proof of delivery, and I will contact you the day of arrival and let you know they are safe and sound with me.
I am the only artist that will handle and create your pieces. I have been blowing glass since 1995, and consider memorial art my most important work. Creating these special pieces gives me a real purpose behind the torch, and I feel very blessed to be able to offer this service to others. It has brought my family and I great joy and comfort to have these pieces to wear, hold, and keep our loved ones close in a special and unique way. I will treat and care for your loved ones' ashes in the same way I care for my own families'; with sincere love and consideration.
Yes! I offer this free of charge for every piece made. I use ti-pen which leaves a permanent metal deposit on the glass, but doesn't scratch or damage the glass in any way. Please let me know what you'd like written on your memorial art. For example, your loved ones initials or first name, and the dates of birth and passing.
Yes, I sign all my pieces with "Misha '17" in ti-pen on the backs of pendants, or in a discrete location on marbles. The signature is very small and subtle and will not detract from the focus of the memorial art, however you may request to have it omitted if desired.
Normally it takes about 2 weeks for you to receive your memorial art. The holidays are very busy for glass artists and turnaround time might be longer, but I will let you know what to expect at the time of your order.
Please use USPS Priority Express mail which has proven to be reliable, includes insurance and tracking, and is the only legal method for mailing cremains. Shipping supplies will be included in your collection kit.
PO Box 40203