Memory Glass has recently discovered that all of our pieces can be made with soil, dirt, or sand from any location to create an Orb, Pendant, or any other available keepsake.
Examples include a pinch of soil from a loved one's burial plot, some sand from a favorite beach, or some dirt from a secret location that only you and your loved one knew about.
Typically, the soil or dirt will look white in the piece due to the extreme heat that burns off any organic materials during the glass blowing process. The outcome of sand will depend on the sand itself. Pure white sand will not be as visible as black sand for example, but either way, you will see it in the piece.
All our Orbs are available in two sizes.
Small is approx. 2-3 inches in diameter and 1-2 pounds.
Large is approx. 4-5 inches in diameter and 3-4 pounds.
A wrap is the delicate addition of glass wrapped around the base of the Orb, and is permanently fused to the glass.
Wraps are available in either coil or wave designs, and in any of our 16 color options.
This design addition adds $25 to your order.
Our Mahogany stands are a striking way to display your Orb by lighting it up from below using long-lasting LED lights.
The Large Honduras Mahogany stand is 5x5x2 inches and adds $120 to your order.
The Small Spanish Mahogany stand is 3.5x3.5x1 inches and adds $80 to your order.
Each stand comes with an custom engraved plaque to commemorate your loved one.
Commemorate your loved one's Mahogany Stand with a message on a plaque.
A Large Stand Plaque has 3 lines of text and fits up to 25 characters per line.
A Small Stand Plaque has 2 lines of text and fits up to 25 characters per line.
Once the ashes arrive at the Memory Glass studio, they are stored in order of arrival using a strict numbering and barcode system to ensure the safety of your loved one's remains.
The creation of your Memory Glass piece(s) takes about 2-4 weeks to complete from the time the ashes arrive at our studio. This includes return shipping to you, but not shipping to us.
Each order takes about 2-4 days to complete depending on the size of the order. Pendants and touchstones are the quickest, and are done the day after being made. Orbs and hearts take 3 days min.
On a daily basis, orders are made in small groups to efficiently make use of electricity. But each order is created seperate from other orders to make sure no ashes are mixed.
The ashes are placed on a thick metal table in a specific pattern, depending on the design that is selected. A steel rod (punty) is inserted into bowl of molten glass which sticks to the tip of the punty.
The small ball of molten glass is rolled into the ashes & colored glass which stick to the ball of glass. The design is created at this point. Once we are satisfied with the design, it is dipped again in the bowl of glass to encase the ashes in solid glass.
The piece is given its final shape, and then placed in an kiln oven to control the temperature and slowly cool the pieces off.
To keep track of orders throughout the day, the oven used to store the pieces contains a numbered grid.
When a piece is put in the oven, the location is recorded on the invoice. The next day, when the order is removed it is returned to it's secure location with the vial of ashes.
Orbs and hearts take two days to completely cool to room temperature. At this point, the bottom of the piece must be grinded and polished to create a flat surface for the piece to stand on.
Then, the order number & a small "MG" are etched by a laser onto the bottom of the piece for future reference. Custom etchings can be done, but space is limited to Initials, Dates, or "short names".
Orders are packaged extremely securely, and sent via USPS Express Mail and typically arrive within 1-2 days of shipping.