A couple of years ago I used to have a website where I sold pet cremation pendants or memory pendants.
They were made from the same glass I use on all my jewelry but contained a very small portion of ashes or cremains.
I have to admit, the cremation pendants were not my idea. A colleague at work made me develop a pattern because she wanted something special for her cat that had just pasted. I believe she had looked around on the internet and found someone who fused ashes into glass and since she knew that I was fusing glass, she came to me with the request.
It took me more than four months to come up with a pattern that would reliably yield the same results pretty much every time (I would say about 95% of the time) and still display the ashes in a way that looked nice.
Then, about a year ago, I finally decided to shut down the website and stop selling the cremation pendants. The main reason was that I just couldn’t deal with asking people for money anymore at a time when they had just suffered a great loss. It always felt so petty, greedy and entirely inappropriate.
The whole thing was just very stressy and emotionally draining.
For the past year I had still made some for friends and colleagues (basically people that I know and that I wouldn’t ask for money anyway) but it’s time now for me to altogether stop making cremation pendants. The emotional drain is still there and maybe even more than with animals I didn’t know and I realized that I am starting to really dread making them.
So these are the last of the cremation pendants. They are in memory of Ali’s “Sunshine”.
If you are looking for glass pet cremation pendants, here are two websites I found:
Just in time for Halloween, here are some great handmade costumes for your best friend:
NOTE (Nov 2010):
Unfortunately, the 1000 Markets venue has sold out and any of the related links in this post do not work any longer!
She makes absolutely fabulously sporty and stylish dog outfits with matching Martingale collars.
These outfits have pockets on the side so you can store the little necessities like your puppy’s waste bags etc. The material is light weight and breathable and is custom made to fit your best friend perfectly.
The yellow taxi cab model comes with reflective ribbons on the sides to keep your pooch safe even at night.
They are available in many colors. Take a peek at TREE PARLOR and I’m sure you will find something that will compliment your puppy’s sense of style!
Do you want to win this one-of-a-kind pet pendant for your best friend?
On July 11, 2009, this fused glass piece will be up for grabs at the “Marching Mustangs Music and Canine Extravaganza”. You can download their flyer for the event HERE.
So if you are anywhere around Brick NJ at that time, don’t miss out on lots of doggy fun and great give-aways!
I just posted my first video on YouTube. It presents a number of my fused glass jewelry pieces but I’m having trouble finding music that really fits and goes with the video. So if you have any suggestions, I would greatly appreciate it!
You might want to set some time aside on Saturday, July 11, 2009, for a great family fun event in Brick, NJ. Bring your four-legged kids and take part in the Dog Walk, Most Fabulous Dog or the Canine Talent contest. Shop at many pet related vendors and take part in the pet themed raffle.
All friendly canine companions on leash welcome…Don’t forget your pooper scooper.
The event will take place at the Drum Point Sports Complex, 303 Drum Point Rd. in Brick, NY between 10 am and 2 pm. For more information on this fun filled event, please contact Chairperson Kelly Fastige at (732) 567-5232. Please preregister for canine talent contest.
Help support the future of the arts and enrich the lives of homeless animals!
Donations of dry or canned dog, cat, puppy or kitten food or other items on the shelter wish list would be greatly appreciated and may be brought to the event or dropped off until July 11th at the following locations:
- Pet Valu, Laurelton Square,1930 Route 88, Brick (K-Mart shopping plaza)
- Rogers Pet Supplies, 991 Cedar Bridge Avenue, Brick
- Park Avenue Pooch, 2900 Route 88, Point Pleasant
- All About Pets, 2176 Highway 35, Sea Girt
- Paws Pet Boutique, 2175 HWY 35, Seagirt NJ 08750
- Harbor Pet Supplies, 3112 Bridge Ave, Point Pleasant NJ 08742
- 88 Pet World, 2076 Hwy 88 E Brick NJ 08724
The adore part of that statement is obviously a lot more important! You have to hug them and squeeze them and call them George or Rocky or Sylvester!
Out of that adoration may come a desire for little things that make it more visible. We buy gorgeous collars, give them haircuts and purchase that sporty or fancy raincoat. So, I guess it is just a continuation of that trend to think about pet jewelry.
I know there is plenty of people out there that probably think I’m out of my mind, but let me explain to you how this thought started.
A number of years back my best four-legged friend Max had to go for a very risky surgery. I was so scared and felt absolutely helpless. So, although I am normally not superstitious, I needed some kind of outlet for all that fear. I made him a little fused glass pendant that had the Chinese symbol for ‘good fortune’ fused into it. The day I had to drop him off, I put it on his collar. I’m sure it probably had no influence on how the surgery went but it was a little ritual that gave me hope. Everything went well and I had my baby back safe and sound.
So now, I’m making them not for emergency situation but because they really look neat. And although you don’t necessarily need pet jewelry to do so, it’s a unique way to celebrate your best friend.