JEWELRY DISPLAYING CREMATION ASHES IN A TRANSPARENT OR TRANSLUCENT RESIN SETTING AND METHOD OF MAKING SAME
A piece of jewelry with a mixture of transparent resin and cremation ashes in the setting. A method of mixing ashes with a resin and hardener, flowing into a setting and allowing to harden.
This application claims priority from U.S. Application No. 61/844,798, filed Jul. 10, 2013 incorporated by reference in its entirety.BACKGROUND
1. Field of the Invention
The present invention relates to mementos for recalling and respecting loved ones who have passed.
2. Description of the Prior Art
There has long been a demand for mementos or keepsakes to allow survivors to feel close to and recall the memories of loved ones, including pets, who are no longer with us. Traditionally, the remains of the deceased were often interned in a human or pet cemetery and that resting place would be visited on a regular basis by the heirs and survivors.
In more recent times, with the lack of space and more modern thinking, cremation of humans and animals alike has become so common place that up to nearly fifty percent of all remains are now being cremated to produce what is referred to as cremains.
Various different devices and methods have been originated for preserving cremation ashes such as in urns, sometimes maintained in the survivor's household or possibly interned at a local cemetery. Other efforts have led to the proposal of devices which would allow the deceased's ashes to be housed in a piece of jewelry or the like. For instance, locket compartments have been proposed which carry a small quantity of cremation ashes, so the ashes can be viewed in their unaltered states. It has also been proposed to encase a small quantity of cremation ashes in molten glass formed into a jewelry piece to be worn, for instance, around the neck or wrist of a loved one.
Lockets for receiving cremains have certain appeal but suffer the shortcoming that the ashes are not exposed for instantaneous and ready viewing by the wearer and can sometimes become dislodged and lost.
Encasement of cremains in glass can provide for convenient display and viewing through the glass itself but suffers the shortcoming that typically the resultant glass piece must be of considerable size and the ashes sometimes have a rather dark, grey, dull appearance which may not be particularly appealing to the viewer.
It is known that cremation to oxidize human remains typically produces a somewhat unattractive grey and dull appearance. This shortcoming has been recognized in U.S. Pat. No. 7,255,743 to VandenBiesen et al. There, the inventor seeks to overcome this shortcoming by extracting carbon from the ashes to be exposed to a high temperature and pressure process to produce a keepsake diamond. While serving to produce a durable and somewhat attractive memento, this process is prohibitively expensive and ends up altering the appearance of the ashes from their natural state, something that is preferred by many survivors.
Conventional jewelry, such as finger rings, necklaces, bracelets, cufflinks, pendants, charms, wrist watches and the like are often worn for aesthetic purposes and provide a ready expedient for mounting cremains, subject to a satisfactory medium available to mount the cremains. The mounting of cremains in a small piece of jewelry, however, presents challenges and has thus left those working in the art with the dilemma of either accepting the commonplace display of the cremains in an urn, embedded in pottery or the like or possibly encased in transparent glass by a molten torch procedure or wearing oversized jewelry to display the cremains in a glass encasement.
Various types of resins have been proposed to encase documents or provide a protective coating over valuables such as gems. What is needed, however, is a convenient and effective means for entrapping cremains for aesthetic display in a keepsake. It is thus, an objective of the present invention to provide a jewelry piece to display a compact, shaped display of cremains through a transparent medium to thus provide an aesthetically pleasing keepsake which can be more sentimental than just a locket or, for instance, glass encased ashes.SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
The jewelry memento of the present invention includes a resin encasing cremains to mount in a jewelry setting. The method of the invention includes flowing resin into a jewelry setting with cremains mixed therein.
Cremation ashes may be treated in many different ways, to prepare for the method of the present invention as by utilizing without special treatment or as by grinding with a pestle and maybe screened through a sieve or the like to provide for fine, uniform particles. The ashes themselves often have some coloration to them but may be for the main part of a relatively grey color. For keepsake purposes, many surviving relatives and loved ones have a demand for a keepsake to display the ashes in the natural state and be readily available to be displayed in a discrete and readily viewable state.
Jewelry pieces come in many different forms and are worn as finger rings, bracelets, pendants, hair pieces and many other forms, often having a relatively small setting, a setting which sometime is not of sufficient size to conveniently and effectively receive an operable locket or a meaningful size of molten glass or the like which might enclose or encase cremation ashes.
The settings for finger rings and the like come in many different forms such as in the form of a mount having a bezel strip around the edge which may then be soldered to a gem or the metal worked up over the edge of a stone or the like to retain it in place. Other settings include prong settings which may be bent up around the stone to hold it in place. Even other settings are in the form of channel settings which include two bars or strips of metal that may be linear in shape and which may contain a series of stones. There are also bead settings for setting a stone directly into metal using gravers called burins which are essentially tiny chisels. An even further type of setting is a burnished setting sometimes referred to as a flush setting similar to a bead setting but after the stone has been inserted in place instead of using a graver to lift beads, a burnishing tool is used to push the metal around the edges of the stone to hold it in place. I have found it to be expedient to employ jewelry pieces having a bezel type mount which typically forms a dish-like configuration having side walls which define a cavity into which the mixture of resin, hardener and ash employed in my invention is received.
As will be appreciated by those skilled in the art any piece of jewelry with a recess or the like defining a setting will serve the purpose of my invention, whether the setting is incorporated in a traditional piece of jewelry or maybe even a recess specially formed in a piece of jewelry, it only being important that the recess have a rim made up of sidewalls to contain the flowable resin.
To acquire the ashes, in some instances I forward a double package of plastic envelopes to a customer for packaging of a small quantity of cremains to be employed in my method. When I receive those cremains, I examine them and, to the extent necessary might grind them into a fine powder and in some instances shake through a sieve or the like to remove any irregular or oversized granules.
The customer might supply a piece of jewelry or select a desired piece such as a finger ring 21. The ring shown in my preferred embodiment includes the setting 23 formed with the peripheral bezel 25 to define a cavity of a selected depth for receipt of the mixture to complete the process.
Of course other settings may be employed depending on the preference of the artisan. I may mount the ring in vise or a holder 35 to hold it upright for flowing of resin into the setting 23.
I then mix resin and hardener in, for instance, a container 36 (
The resin, mixture 39 and cremains 41 may then be mixed together as by squeezing and manipulating the envelope 40 to form the resin/cremains mixture 47. The resin itself may be selected to provide the desired end effect, such as to provide the desired opacity, full transparency, translucence or coloration to enhance the desired viewing effect. In some aspects of my invention the mixing may take place by stirring in a container similar to the container 36.
Once the mixing is complete, the corner of the envelope 40 may be cut off at 45 (
The setting 23 may be filled to within a couple of millimeters or so from the top of the bezel as shown in
In practice, I leave the mixture 47 in the mount 21 for several hours, for instance, four to six hours or in some instances overnight or up to a couple of days to set up and harden. The mixture typically hardens with a sufficiently smooth top surface so that buffing is not necessary. To enhance the finish, however, I sometimes buff the top surface using a buffer 51 (
In another aspect of my invention, to achieve a more uniform distribution of ashes throughout the mixture I mix the cremains with a mixer 47 during the hardening phase (
In one aspect, after hardening I add some clear resin and hardener 50 at
The resultant memento provides a secure, discrete keepsake, attractively displaying the selected cremains. The resin mixture itself, in the hardened state, positively adheres the cremains mixture in the setting.
I have discovered that a preferred ratio of resin and hardeners selected for step 2 of
In step 3, I mix the resin and hardener in a container 36 as shown in
In practice for step 4, I secure the cremation ashes 41, oftentimes by supplying a customer with a double baggie arrangement so that the customer can double bag the ashes and forward them to me by regular mail or courier.
In some aspects of my invention, I grind the ashes to a finer state than that received and in some instances even filter the ashes through the sieve or the like to provide a uniform powder arrangement which serves to provide a relatively appealing result for the process.
In step 5, for example, I mix the resin and hardener mixture 39 in the baggie 40 containing the ashes 41 to mix the ashes and resin mixture together.
For step 6, I have found it convenient to merely cut off a lower corner of the baggie 40 at 45 (
At step 7, I allow the cremains mixture to cure for 4-6 hours or sometimes even overnight to provide a hardened mixture in the setting for display or further processing. I have found that the end result at this stage of my method provides a relatively attractive product typically displaying the ashes through the transparency of the resin so that the viewer can readily observe the ashes. I have discovered that the resin actually provides a rather attractive appearance as light is transmitted and reflected through the resin and from the ashes so that there is some coloration providing an enhanced appearance different from a dull grey which is often the case with prior art displays.
I have discovered that the resin mixture can sometimes, depending on the atmospheric conditions, form tiny air bubbles and I sometimes solve this problem by allowing the mixture to set for a time or by adding heat, as by either heating the jewelry piece ahead of time, as for instance, under a faucet of hot water, or sometimes applying a flame torch to the setting to thus dissipate the bubbles and render a more attractive appearance. In some instances, I actually leave the bubbles present to add a somewhat different appearance to the overall product.
As shown in
In this process, I actually polish the surface of the cured mixture at step 8 of
From my experimentations, I have discovered that this final polishing process is not an essential step and as the top layer tends to settle and cure into a relatively smooth surface without polishing.
From the foregoing, it will be appreciated that the method and memento jewelry piece of the present invention provides a particularly attractive memento displaying the cremation ashes of a loved one or pet in an inexpensive and reliable manner. I have discovered that the resin mixture as it cures actually provides a somewhat wet look to the ashes which adds to the aesthetic of the overall appearance. The coloration is better than many prior art glass encapsulations which often end up with a relatively dull grey look to the ashes themselves.
Although the present invention has been described in detail with regard to the preferred embodiments and drawings thereof, it should be apparent to those of ordinary skill in the art that various adaptations and modifications of the present invention may be accomplished without departing from the spirit and the scope of the invention. Accordingly, it is to be understood that the detailed description and the accompanying drawings as set forth hereinabove are not intended to limit the breadth of the present invention.
1. A decorative jewelry memento comprising:
- a jewelry piece including a setting formed with a recess;
- a mixture of resin and hardener having optical transparency in the recess; and
- cremation ashes in the mixture about which the mixture is hardened and viewable through the mixture.
2. The memento of claim 1 that includes;
- the jewelry pieces in the form of a ring with the setting.
3. The memento of claim 1 wherein:
- the mixture includes resin and hardener in substantially a 1 to 1 ratio.
4. The memento of claim 1 wherein:
- the ashes are ground.
5. The memento of claim 1 wherein:
- the ashes are mixed in the mixture to form a non-uniform design.
6. The memento of claim 1 wherein:
- the mixture of resin and hardener are transparent.
7. The memento of claim 1 wherein:
- the mixture of resin and hardener is translucent.
8. The memento of claim 1 wherein:
- the setting is formed with a continuous bezel defining the recess.
9. The memento of claim 1 wherein:
- the ashes are distributed in the mixture to define a swirl design.
10. The memento of claim 8 that includes:
- at least one layer of resin and hardener containing the surface of the mixture
11. A method of making a jewelry memento including:
- selecting a jewelry piece with a setting defining a recess;
- selecting a resin and hardener;
- mixing the resin and hardener;
- selecting cremation ashes;
- mixing the resin, hardener and ashes to form a mixture;
- flowing the mixture into the recess; and
- curing the mixture.
12. The method of claim 11 that includes:
- before the ashes mixing step, grinding the ashes.
13. The method of claim 114 that includes:
- after flowing the mixture into the recess, stifling the mixture to distribute the ashes to form a predetermined design within the mixture.
14. The method of claim 11 wherein:
- the step of selecting the resin and hardener includes selecting the resin and hardener in a 1:1 ratio.
15. The method of claim 11 that includes:
- heating the mixture to remove air bubbles.
16. The method of claim 11 that includes:
- after the curing step, flowing a protective coating over the mixture in the recess.
17. The method of claim 16 that includes:
- after the protective coasting has hardened, flowing a second protective coating over the first mentioned coating.
18. The method of claim 11 that includes:
- heating the jewelry piece to above atmospheric temperature.
19. The method of claim 11 wherein:
- the curing step is between four and six hours.
20. The method of claim 11 that includes:
- after the cure step, buffing the surface of the mixture to smooth to a smooth finish.
21. The method of claim 11 wherein:
- the cure step includes curing the mixture for 24 hours.
22. The method of claim 11 that includes:
- after the cure step, adding multiple layers of protective coating.
23. The method of claim 11 that includes:
- after the step of mixing the resin, hardener and ashes to form the mixture, stirring the mixture a plurality of times.
24. The method of claim 11 that includes:
- after the cure step, adding a mixture of resin, hardener and ashes to create a protective coating.
25. The method of claim 11 that includes:
- after the steps of creating the coating, adding a further layer of clear hardener and resin.
26. A method of making a jewelry memento including:
- selecting a jewelry piece with a setting having a recess;
- mixing a resin and hardener to form a resin mixture;
- selecting cremation ashes;
- mixing the cremation ashes with the resin mixture to form a flowable cremains mixture;
- flowing the cremains mixture into the recess;
- adding heat to the cremains mixture;
- partially curing the cremains mixture;
- stirring the cremains mixture into a design;
- allowing the cremains mixture to harden to form a top surface;
- buffing the top surface to form a buffed surface;
- mixing a resin and hardener to form a flowable finish mixture;
- flowing multiple layers of the finish mixture onto the top surface.
Filed: Jan 21, 2014
Publication Date: Jan 15, 2015
Inventor: Gina Murphy (Huntington Beach, CA)
Application Number: 14/159,691
International Classification: A44C 9/00 (20060101); A44C 27/00 (20060101);