Frequently Asked Questions

How much ash should I send, and how should I send it?

For most orders one teaspoon is plenty. I suggest putting the ashes into a zippable baggie, then double bagging them. Squeeze as much air out as you can. Please write your name on the baggie in permanent marker. Bubble mailers are best! DO NOT send ashes in a plain white envelope, please!
If you will be sending multiple sets of ash, also write the deceased's names on the bags. There is a $10 handling fee for each set beyond the first, payable in the Add-ons/Upgrades section.
Let me know if I should hold on to the remaining ash for a future order, send it back with the glass, or spread it for you by writing KEEP, RETURN, or SPREAD on the upper corner of the baggie.

Where do I send the ashes?

You can send the cremation ashes to:

Vaughn Evans
311 Bowen St.
Linwood, KS 66052

How long will it take to make my order?

Average turnaround time is one month. Rush orders are available by request, pricing will vary.

How much is shipping and handling?

I charge a flat rate of twenty dollars for shipping, plus the handling of the ashes. Thirty if you live outside the US.

Can I order a necklace with a pendant?

Yes, if you order a 9 bead necklace, and any pendant, you can request the pendant added to the necklace, and I will even out the beads by putting ten on it, for the 'ultimate necklace'.

Can you write names on the marbles, or initials?

I have a titanium pen and can write on the glass. It's a dollar a letter, and you purchase it in the Add-ons/Upgrades section

Can I choose custom colors?

Short Answer: Yes, and I will do my best. Cool colors are better than warm.

Long Answer: Most of the colors I prefer to use have fine silver in them. This makes the colors change while worked in the flame, making it hard to get the colors the same everytime.

I do have bright plain solid colors that don't change color, but I don't like them as much. They tend to bubble, and are much harder to get good results with, limiting my design options. If you require a certain color, I may end up using one of these, but I generally avoid them unless I can't find another good option.

If you want my best work, let me choose the colors myself or choose colors which are no problem, namely cool colors like blue, green, and purple. The worst colors to request UNLESS YOU NEED THEM are warm colors like red, yellow and orange. When they are necessary I use the plain solid colors I mentioned. Feel free to ask about any color, and I will tell you your options. I have hundreds of colors to choose from, but typically use only a few to achieve a huge range of colors. When you request a specific color, keep in mind that you stop me from trying for some of my best looking color combinations.

What exactly do you do with the cremation ashes?

I dip molten glass into the ash, and use it to decorate glass marbles, pendants, beads, paperweights, and other glass objects. The encased ash is used as part of the design in many different ways. It usually becomes a wispy white, and sometimes has tiny bubbles coming from it. I use a wide variety of designs to achieve many different looks. The results are often incredible, especially when combined with the right kinds of glass.

Can I order glass without any ashes?

Yes. Cremation glass is my specialty, but I make plenty of non-cremation glass art. Lots of it appears on my instagram page.

Can you make glass with hair?

Yes. It doesn't show up like the ashes do, but I can definitely use hair instead of ash.

Do you take special requests?

Yes, email Vaughn at vonbeads@gmail.com to get a quote.