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Cremation Glass Buying Guide

Here's a few things to consider when buying cremation glass.

First off, making glass items is an artform. So the most important thing is choosing an artist to make your glass art. If a company does not say who is making the glass, I would highly recommend finding an independent artist to make these important objects for you instead. There are several large companies cranking disappointing soft glass memorials out at unreasonable prices. Avoid these places at all costs, in my opinion.

You should choose, between soft glass and borosilicate (hard) glass. The difference is huge. If a company doesn't say which they use, they most likely use soft (or soda-lime) glass. If they don't say who is making the glass, they probably use cheap soft glass. Borosilicate is much stronger, and resists scratching much better. The palette is entirely different with boro, relying heavily on fine silver and gold to make the highly volatile colors that I now love. It is more expensive, and harder to work than soft glass. Items made from boro are generally smaller in scale, as they take more heat to melt. The brighter, more standard set of colors is much easier to work, and prettier with soft glass, in contrast. If you are looking for a piece with a realistic rainbow, for instance, I'm not your guy. You would be much better off going for soft glass, or a boro glassworker more experienced with bright cadmium based borosilicate colors. If you are going with an artisan, the difference should be based on who's art you prefer, there's definitely no reason to be scared of all soft glass art. I started out with low quality soft glass, then used high quality soft glass for years before making the switch to borosilicate. Do be aware of large companies using cheap glass. There are many types of soft glass, and different glassblowers can use much different varieties in terms of look, and cost. An artist will always strive for the best looking glass, and a company will always strive to get the cheapest bulk glass. The difference in look, strength, and overall quality is huge.

You can choose beween a torch worker and a furnace worker. A torch worker will make smaller items, with much more detail (generally). A furnace worker specializes in making much larger works, sometimes with a team. Generally these teams use soft glass, but it's not impossible to use boro in a furnace, just expensive! A furnace worker has a much higher cost associated with making the glass, and so generally has much higher prices. This all varies from person to person, and situation to situation. If you want something very large, for instance a glass urn capable of holding an adult's ashes, you are probably going to be much better off with a furnace worker.

You could choose a local artist. Some artist's will even let you deliver the ash, pick up your art in person rather than through the mail, and possibly even let you see the process, or their shop, when you drop the ash off. Choose first by their previous glass artwork. Google them, and the word 'glass'. Most glassblowers will be easy to find online, with many pictures of their work. Not finding anything this way could be a sign that there might a problem. There's a lot of inexperienced glassblowers out there to watch out for these days. Once you find an artist whose work you like, you can contact them about making you an object. Even if they don't advertise cremation glass, but if they do make marbles or paperweights, you can ask an artist if they would make you something special with the ashes of your loved one. Be specific in your request, and see if they can do something similar, and with ashes. Some artists will be weirded out, but don't worry, that's good for artists. Just ask someone else, and you will eventually find someone who thinks it's a really interesting opportunity for their art, and you will likely find your self getting a very nice piece of heirloom artwork, with much more thought put into it than the alternative. Choosing simply from pictures of cremation glass from companies online can be misleading, especially when a company is using one person's art on the website, but actually selling the work of other's who have been trained to make similar objects. Always check to see who will be making the glass you will be receiving if you are working with a business for cremation goods. For instance, here at CremationMarbles.com, I (Vaughn Evans) make all glass items, on a torch, with borosilicate glass.

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