The process begins with Coor mailing an envelope and a tin box to clients who display interest in her work. They use these to send her ashes, along with any photos or stories relating to their loved one. Once she receives the materials, she begins the process of creating the bead, keeping the individual in mind the whole time. Merry said that she tries her best to imbibe each piece with good intentions and respect.
Coor’s special glass beads are made of colored glass, with the ashes incorporated into delicate spiral designs and then sealed in a clear layer of glass. The resultant beads appear to mimic the beauty of the cosmos, while also preserving the memories of the departed. She later adds bead caps, head pins, and silver or gold chains to convert the beads into gorgeous pendants that people can wear and keep close to themselves.
The beads come in varying sizes, ranging from small silver ($120) to large gold ($150). For more information about Coor’s work, check out her website, ashbeads.com.