Just before Christmas I was contacted by a goldsmith with premises near London, who asked me if I could train him and his colleague to make small lampwork glass cabochons with inclusions of ashes. Several phone conversations and e-mails later, I tailor-made an all-day course to lead them through techniques of working with glass rods in the flame, mixing, adding inclusions of cremation ashes, encasing gathers and making and shaping beautifully-domed tiny cabochons, which we then cold-worked using my glass grinder.
Ryan and Matt from Alba Rose were great to work with, and all three of us got a lot out of the day. Having many years of experience as goldsmiths they were of course already accustomed to working with a flame and using shaping tools, and these skills translated very well across to the medium of glass.
So I was thrilled to hear from Ryan a couple of weeks ago announcing that Alba Rose’s new range of cremation jewellery incorporating lampwork glass cabochons has now launched. See for yourself how very beautiful their glasswork is!