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About Copper Cremation Urn Series

Although funeral urns made from bronze and brass – both metals made from copper – are quite common, copper urns are found less frequently. Most urns made from copper are either spun into shape or made from sheets of copper that have been riveted together. Copper is also often used as an accent piece on bronze urns and as a base for cloisonné urns.

Copper tends to be expensive, and it does react with oxygen, resulting in a bluish-green patina on the surface over time. This is less common with copper items that are kept inside, but they still should be polished regularly to keep looking their best.

Copper Urn Styles

You can find copper urns with the traditional vase shape, but they do tend to be more expensive than urns made of other metals, like bronze or brass. Copper can also be pressed into sheets and these sheets cut and riveted together to form the shape of the urn. Handmade copper urns are beautiful pieces of art, and can be a wonderful way to honor a loved one who has passed away.

When buying a copper urn, it's a good idea to also get an urn bag to hold and protect the urn. You may also be interested in an “inside the urn" bag in which to store the cremains and ensure that they are safe and protected within the sealed outer container.

Cloisonné and Copper Urns

Many beautiful cloisonné urns are actually made with a copper base. These urns are made by creating a design on the hammered metal base with copper wire that is soldered on. Colored enamel is then added to the spaces between the wires and the urn is fired in a kiln multiple times to harden the material. This creates a stunning, colorful piece of art.

Choosing the Right Urn

When buying a copper urn or one made of any material, you'll want to make sure that you get one that's big enough to hold all of the cremains. It's perfectly acceptable to have more space than you need inside the urn, but you never want to be caught with having too little. The basic rule of thumb is that you'll need one cubic inch of volume inside the urn for each pound the person weighed before cremation. In other words, if the deceased weighed 180 pounds, you'll need a cremation urn that holds at least 180 cubic inches.

If the urn that you are purchasing will be kept in a columbarium, you'll need to know the size of the niche where the urn will be placed. Make sure that you selected a container that fits within this space. Urns that will be buried will likely need to be enclosed inside an urn vault or burial container.

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How to select the right size urn

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Choosing the right size urn

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Choosing the right size urn is easy. For every one pound before cremation you will need 1 cubic inch of volume. For example, a loved one weighing 200 pounds will need an urn that is at least 200 cubic inches or larger. Choosing an urn larger then you need is OK.