Care for your creation
Years of research, trial and development has made us the industry leader worldwide. Through our innovative and progressive preservation process we were able to successfully develop and implement a glass keepsake jewellery range that is not only functional but also recyclable and eco friendly.
Our breastmilk preservation process was developed in house and bears no resemblance to any other breastmilk keepsake provider's process. Due to our very unique formula, we are able to create three dimensional shapes without moulds and graduated tinting can be added to the breastmilk to make it truly unique - our rainbow breastmilk spirals are an example of this. The preserved breastmilk will never change colour as many other providers have the misfortune of experiencing.
Our unique preservation process has been adapted allowing us to combine it with glass ensuring that your breastmilk is fused and permanently imbedded in your creation. Once fused, a multitude of striations and bubbles are visible. Air bubbles within the glass is common and gets formed when the air is trapped between the glass. The fused glass can be manipulated, heated and stretched it to create unique, one of a kind lamp worked creations. Breast milk is an organic material and without our unique process it would merely burn away. The fusing process aid in stabilising and colouring the breast milk for a visually pleasing piece.
These processes provide for long term durable jewellery that is not affected by UV exposure like resin.
Glass and Inlay
- Our unique glass fused and lampwork jewellery range of rings, charms and pendants is the ultimate every day jewellery creation.
- Glass fusing is the process of heat bonding separate pieces of glass in a controlled kiln. Temperatures reach over exceed 800 °C and each kiln cycle takes around 12-18 hours to complete. Some glass fused items will undergo several kiln cycles before it reaches its desired result.
- Breastmilk and cremation ashes are suitable for glass fusing.
- Lampworking is a glass forming process where a torch or lamp is used to melt the glass. Once in a molten state, the glass is formed by blowing and shaping with tools and hand movements. The flame temperature exceeds 2,500 °C and once the creation is complete, it will undergo another 12 hour kiln annealing cycle to ensure durability.
- Breastmilk and cremation ashes are suitable for lampworking.
- Inlay: is the process used to set crushed stone into a setting or channel.
- We use an inlay technique to add fused glass to a setting.
- Inlay is suitable for combination breastmilk and non breastmilk inclusions (lock of hair, umbilical cord, placenta, etc.).
- Although the setting process may use adhesives, it is more durable than resin only creations.
- Caring for glass jewellery
- It can be worn daily and will never degrade. All our glass creations are kiln annealed for extra durability. However, it is glass and rough handling / knocks can chip / damage it.
- Glass is water proof, UV proof and resistant to any other environmental factors.
- Your breastmilk will NEVER discolour, change appearance or alter in any way, making it the most durable of creations. It is not liquid and as such will not evaporate.
- You can do every day activities with your unique creation. Any findings and inlay work (the blown glass, ring bands, pendant holders, etc), needs to be treated with care to avoid damage or loss to it. Some findings are attached with epoxy.
- It is recommended that you remove your jewellery when working with chemicals including detergents, soaps, and other corrosive items.
- Showering with your jewellery on is fine, as is laying in the sun. However, if you creation includes any metal findings we would recommend you take your jewellery off while swimming or bathing, just to err on the side of caution. It should be treated like fine jewellery and the findings could get damaged causing you to loose your glass inclusion.
- Be mindful of your jewellery, these are durable, yet precious keepsakes.
- The glass should be cleaned regularly with a soft cloth and the metal with a metal polishing cloth.
Resin Jewellery and Keepsakes
- We can set a range of inclusions in resin jewellery and keepsakes including breastmilk, hair, sand, cloth, umbilical cords, cremation ashes, teeth...just about anything. Resin does require more care to ensure longevity. Resin is also called acrylic glass which is a type of plastic. We use resin which has a crystal or glass like appearance, but on a basic level it is still an acrylic compound.
- To ensure your jewellery lasts a long time, please follow our care instructions.
- Avoid excessive heat. Resin can shrink or discolour when exposed to heat such as a hair dryer, open flames or even using the oven or cooking. Never store your jewellery near heaters, in window sills or in your car. This is particularly applicable to any bezel set creation like rings, pendants and charm. When the resin shrinks it can pop out of the bezel. Excessive heat will speed up yellowing of the resin. Any adhesives used in your creation will become brittle and your jewellery may come apart.
- Avoid submerging resin pieces in water and that includes showering, mineral spas, bathing, swimming and other activities. Your pieces will look newer longer if you take them off before swimming, showers, etc. Resin is water resistant, but not waterproof. Water can damage resin over time, and it may also damage the inclusion, causing dirt and bacteria to become imbedded in the resin. Some creations have their findings attached with adhesives. Although the strongest jewellery adhesive is used in securing it, submersion in water will, over time, loosen it which could cause your attachments and inclusions to become loose.
- Avoid storing your jewellery pieces in direct sunshine. We use epoxy resin and exposure to UV light / sunshine can cause some resin pieces to yellow over time. This especially applies to pieces that are clear. Heat from direct sun exposure can also make larger/thinner pieces ‘loose’ and almost gummy like. This is not permanent and the piece will regain its normal hardness when cooled, but it is still not recommended. Continued exposure to heat and cold temperatures will cause your creation to damage and can crack. In some instances, exposure to ultra violet light may cause tinted milk to fade. This is a completely natural process. Light and heat will speed up tarnishing of sterling silver creations.
- Avoid harsh chemicals/cleaning solutions, such as perfume, hairspray, nail varnish remover, body lotions, household cleaners, dishwashing liquid, hand soaps. etc. Apply / use these products before wearing your creation. It can cause the resin to decay and speed up the UV process. If your resin jewellery gets grubby, clean it with baby soap and warm water and dry it thoroughly with a soft cloth. Do not do this regularly (see point 2 above). Don’t use anything abrasive to clean your resin with – it will scratch the surface. Chemicals will also speed up the tarnishing process of sterling silver creations.
- Remove your creation before exercising or before bedtime. Sleeping with your creation will damage it and excessive perspiration and body oils will damage the resin and speed up tarnishing of sterling silver creations.
- Avoid knocks and scratches. Resin is incredibly hardwearing (it’s a plastic, after all) but it could be scratched or damaged by a bump against a hard surface.
- Avoid placing pressure on your jewellery, particularly those items that are are encased in a very thin layer of resin. It could cause the resin to detach from the jewellery item. This is particularly relevant to milk bubbles, some ring designs, bezel pendants and charms.
- Due to the nature of resin, creations can be damaged and / or broken. We advise you to check your creations regularly for signs of damage. With some creations, jump rings and other jewellery findings are used to secure the creation. Please ensure that you regularly check that the findings are securely fastened and that there are no broken or lose pieces. We cannot be held responsible if your creation becomes detached or lost.
- Be kind to your resin jewellery and keep it in a jewellery box when you’re not wearing it. Ensure that it is clean and dry before storage as moisture will speed up the tarnishing process. Clean sterling silver creations with a silver cleaning cloth to remove tarnish and restore its brightness.
Every piece of silver jewellery develops a black coating on its surface after some time. This tarnish is a result of a chemical reaction that occurs when silver comes into contact with air and various substances. Silver tarnish is a form of corrosion, but unlike rust, it does not destroy the underlying metal and can be removed relatively easily.
There is no way to protect your silver jewellery from turning black because silver reacts with so many materials found in everyday life. For instance, tarnishing can be accelerated by contact with tap water (because it contains chlorine), a number of foods (e.g., salad dressings), your perfume and hair spray, and even wool clothing. The tarnishing process increases in hot, humid conditions. Oils from your skin accumulate on the surface and can cause rapid oxidation (blackening of the jewellery).
The main cause of tarnishing of silver is a trace of hydrogen sulfide gas in the air. This gas is particularly present in smoke from burnt raw fuel, such as coal or oil; in some strong smelling foodstuffs, such as eggs and onions; in some fish or shellfish; and in polluted air.
The tarnish may turn the jewellery black and may also be rubbed off on the skin or clothing. A few people with especially moist skin may find that the sterling silver stains their skin green. This is due to the copper component of the silver alloy. When this occurs you should polish your jewellery frequently and use an absorbent powder on those moist skin areas which come into contact with your jewellery.
Medications in the wearer's system, especially certain antibiotics, can also cause jewellery to blacken or discolour.
While tarnishing is a natural process that cannot be prevented, it can be slowed down, but you will still need to clean the tarnished layer at some point. The most effective prevention is to clean your silver jewellery after wearing it, preferably daily.
Please note, we cannot be held responsible for the frequency or rapidness of jewellery tarnishing.