Our unique glass fused and lam work jewellery range of rings, charms and pendants is the ultimate every day jewellery creation. Due to the very high temperatures needed to melt / fuse glass, are able only able to set your breastmilk and cremation ashes in glass. All glass jewellery is finished with sterling silver findings.
- It is designed to be worn every single day and it stands the test of time. All our fused glass creations are kiln annealed for extra durability.
- Your breastmilk or cremation ashes are incased in glass, making it totally water proof, UV proof and resistant to any other environmental factors.
- Our unique preservation process ensures that your milk is preserved and permanently imbedded in glass. Your breastmilk will NEVER discolour, change appearance or alter in any way, making it the most durable of creations.
- You can do every day activities with your unique creation. Any findings (the ring bands, pendant holders, etc), needs to be treated with care to avoid damage or loss to it. Findings are attached with jeweller's resin glue.
- It is recommended that you remove your jewellery when working with chemicals.
- They are durable hard glass with breast milk encased, water and UV proof.
- 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.
- Be mindful of your jewellery, these are durable, yet precious keepsakes.
- The glass should be cleaned regularly with a soft cloth and the sterling silver with a silver polishing cloth.
➡️ Have a look at our Ready To Ship Glass Pendants and charms section. You can pick up a gorgeous already made pendant / charm at a significantly reduced price. These were made as store samples and contain no personal inclusions.
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 when exposed to heat such as a hair dryer, open flames or even using the oven. 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. This applies to creations like charm beads where the bead cores are secured in place.
- 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. 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. 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.
What happens to resin?
UV light is to blame for changes to cured epoxy resin over time. When UV light hits the resin—either directly or indirectly—it degrades the polymers. Although this degradation from UV light is a natural process (UV light is typically always harmful to everything on earth over time), it causes observable, undesirable, aesthetically displeasing characteristics, such as gloss loss, de-lamination, cracking, chalking and yellowing.
A UV stabilising agent can be added to epoxy resin formulas to mitigate these effects. UV stabilisers are very effective at preventing gloss loss, de-lamination, cracking and chalking, but they merely delay discolouration. In other words, yellowing is still inevitable with a UV stabiliser alone. Yellowing first presents as a light tone all over, then progressively darkens until it reaches a dark brownish-yellow hue. Yellowing will be accelerated with exposure to UV light. A resined piece that is placed outside will generally reach its dark brown-yellow colour within 24 hours. Artwork that is kept indoors will begin to discolour generally within 6 months to a year if it was coated in a resin product that contained only a UV stabiliser. If the resin did not contain a UV stabiliser at all, it will reach a dark yellowing much faster, within approximately 2-3 months. Discolouration has also been demonstrated in pieces that have been kept in complete darkness.
Our resin is formulated to include a UV stabilising agent and also a Hindered Amine Light Stabilizer (HALS). It's job in the formula is solely to prevent yellowing. HALS scavenges radicals that are produced with UV light exposure, thus interrupting the degradation cycle that resin is naturally subject to. For this reason, HALS is extremely efficient at preventing yellowing. It's protection abilities has been demonstrated time and again since it came into existence in the 1960s.
Here is an image of resin exposed to harsh UV light over a period of 8 weeks. This test was done by ArtResin and the results can be found here: