Glass and Crystal Cremation Urn
About Glass and Crystal Cremation Urn
Glass and crystal cremation urns from Perfect Memorials offer a variety of contemporary styles hand-crafted by skilled artists. A wide variety of shapes and colors are available, and because of the nature of blown glass, nearly any form is possible. Many glass urns are constructed using hand blown techniques with a variety of inlays such as gold leaf, copper, and brass.
When considering a glass urn, your most common options are lead crystal, cut glass, and blown glass. Due to the hand-made nature of many glass pieces, each may be slightly different in size or design. This is particularly true of hand blown glass urns, which will always vary somewhat in color and size. Because most glass urns are somewhat transparent, they typically include a white satin bag to hold the cremains inside.
Lead Crystal Urns
Lead crystal is glass that contains at least 24% lead oxide. The addition of lead makes the glass easier to melt and raises the refractive index, meaning that it reflects more light. This makes the glass sparkle and shine, so a lead crystal or lead glass urn is particularly beautiful.
Most lead crystal urns are made with cut glass, meaning that a pattern is cut into the glass itself. The designs often highlight the shape of the urn and add a special elegance to the piece.
Cut Glass Urns
Similar to cut lead crystal urns, cut glass urns feature designs and patterns that are cut into the glass itself. These beautiful urns often include a metal base to hold them and a lid to protect the cremains inside. As with other types of glass urns, you may want an inside the urn bag to hold the ashes.
Blown Glass Urns
Some of the most beautiful and unique glass urns available, those made of blown glass can be found in a wide variety of colors, designs, and shapes. From lidded jars to delicate multicolor vases, every piece of hand blown glass is unique. Because these glass urns are all handmade, they may cost more than many metal or ceramic urns.
A number of different processes can be used to add color to glass, including adding specific minerals to create particular hues. Silver luster glass is made by adding silver to the glass, giving it an especially beautiful appearance. Small pieces of glass can also be added to create raised shapes and patterns.
Caring for Your Glass Urn
Glass is a very delicate material, so you should always treat your glass urn with a gentle hand. Keep it in a location where it will not be bumped or risk falling. You may want to use an urn stand for added stability. Simply use a slightly damp cloth to wipe dust from the outside of the urn as needed.
In most cases, the lid on a glass urn simply sits on top to cover the insides. It's always a good idea to use an urn bag to secure the cremains inside, and many glass urns come with one included. If you want more protection, you can use a clear epoxy or silicone sealant to glue the lid to the urn. Be very careful to avoid the glue being visible around the edges.
Personalizing your Urn
Although it is possible to engrave on glass, the decorative appearance of many glass urns make this impractical or impossible. A better alternative is to select an urn pendant or an urn medallion. Pendants and medallions can be engraved with a name, dates, and other information and hung around the neck of the urn. Many urn stands also include engravable plaques.
Enter in an approximate weight of your loved one before cremation and we will tell you the size needed.
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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.