Cremation Marbles on TV!

The KSHB Action News 41 crew did a story on CremationMarbles.com! Here's the video!

 

The Lawrence Journal World did an article about Vaughn and CremationMarbles.com.

Here is an article from the Hutchinson News, Vaughn's hometown paper.

Cremation Ash Glass Memorials

Glass memorials can be made using cremation ashes, or cremains. The ash turns a wispy white color, and develops tiny entrapped air bubbles when it's encased in glass.

Cremation glass is a timeless, unique way to memorialize a loved one. My glass, as seen in the pictures throughout this site, is borosilicate, which will resist scratches, and should never break in normal conditions.

Different sizes and designs of cremation marbles

 

Years ago, after making my first cremation marbles, I did a blog post about them. Soon after, I started getting random emails from across the world, asking if I could make more.

My work has gone through many changes since that first order. I have added many new objects and designs to my selection of cremation ash glass. Every piece has been unique.

Please see the Home Page to see our available products, or just to see more pictures of my work. Every object and design also has it's own page with more information, to help you decide exactly what you'd like. Email vaughn@cremationmarbles.com with any questions, or if you would like to make your order personally through email. This is the only way to pay with a check, instead of using our shopping cart and paying with Paypal/Credit Card. If you would like to receive our newsletter, please sign up below.

Cremation Artist Vaughn Evans

Vaughn Evans is an American glassblower who specializes in the use of cremation ash in his work. He was born in 1982, and has been working with hot glass since 1999.

In 2009, he was asked to make keepsake cremation glass marbles for the first time, and fell in love with the combination of the two mediums. He now runs CremationMarbles.com out of his small workshop in Linwood, KS. His selection of glass items has expanded greatly over the years, and there is always something new.

Vaughn hopes to teach his children the art, and pass down the family business one day.


Vaughn's cover for his 2009 Etsy Front page

 

At 16 years old, Vaughn was already an experienced jewelery designer. He began lampworking glass (see below) to make his own beads. He started out using "soft" glass. It's easier to work at a low temperature, but much less solid than the borosilicate (or boro) glass that he currently uses. Soon after, he made his first marble and knew that he wanted to work with glass for the rest of his life.


Vaughn's other cover for his 2009 Etsy Front page

 

Vaughn makes a large variety of glass objects without cremation ash. He takes custom orders by email (vaughn@cremationmarbles.com).

Glass is Vaughn's favorite and most practiced skill, but far from his only medium. He also has experience as a welder, silversmith, blacksmith, jeweler, digital artist, photographer, macrame weaver, scalemail/chainmail armourer, videographer, kaleidoscope maker, equilibristics performance artist (a balance based form of juggling), fractal art designer, and occasional illeist. This website, all photography, and all the glass shown were created by Vaughn personally.

Vaughn was born and raised in Hutchinson, Kansas. He now lives in Linwood, Kansas with his wife, Aly, and their daughter, Leilana.

Some of Vaughn's older artwork can be seen at his blog-losingourmarbles.blogspot.com

His Etsy shop, Vonbeads, was Featured on the front page of Etsy in 2009.www.etsy.com/shop/Vonbeads

Vaughn was featured in the book on glass artists, "Addicted to Glass"Addicted to Glass on Amazon


Addicted to Glass, a book on glass art.

 

He takes all custom glass orders and questions through his email at vaughn@cremationmarbles.com

What is Lampworking?

Lampworking, or heating glass rod with a flame or torch, is an ancient art used to make beads and other glass forms. It is similar to "blowing glass", but with solid glass rods rather than hollow tubes. Glassblowing can produce either solid or hollow shapes. While lampworking typically doesn't form vessels, it does include a wide range of techniques that set a lampworker apart from glassblowers. The term "glassblower" however, is often used interchangeably for both artforms.

Vaughn's early glass career was focused on lampworking, which typically uses soda-lime, or "soft" glass. Over the years, Vaughn learned to use the hardest, toughest kind of glass, borosilicate. He liked "boro" so much that he stopped using other kinds of glass altogether. Mixing two kinds is very bad, so it's best to stick with just one per workshop.

The color palette available for boro glass is unbelievable. Different colors are created using pure silver, gold, and a variety of other elements. It is a hugely expanding artform, and new colors are coming out all the time.

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