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Artist Turns Ashes Into Beautiful Beads

Each bead is hand made, infused with positive energy and unique in honor of your loved one.

Artist Merry Coor has been making glass beads since 2000. She’s inspired by the beautiful scenery and energy of her Northern California community. After a couple asked her to incorporate their dear friend’s ashes into a bead, Coor’s whole world changed and she felt connected to her customers on another level.

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“I was honored to do this service for them. My bead making now gave me a new purpose, and a way to honor others, both living and passed,” Coor said. “As I made this special glass bead, I meditated, pondered, and let my mind free. I felt it was one of the most important beads I had ever made in my life, and I’ve made thousands of beads over the years. When the couple returned to pick up their beads, we felt we had connected, we cried, and we hugged each other. They had a tangible touchstone, housing the ashes of their loved one as a keep sake, and I had found a new dimension to my art.”

Merry Coor

Coor now specializes in creating memorial ash beads in honor of those who pass. First, she creates the glass bead and then uses the ashes to add a spiral design around the the bead. Lastly, each bead is sealed with a clear glass layer. Coor has found purpose through this art form, is the sole artist at her company and puts positive, loving energy into every bead she creates.

Merry Coor

“When I go into my studio to make a bead, I am centered and my thoughts are clear. I am in a good mood. I put only my best energy into each bead,” Coor wrote on her website. “If I am sick or having a bad day, I don’t make beads. I only want good energy, love, and good thoughts incorporated into every bead I make. I take making beads with ashes very seriously and begin each bead with the utmost respect.”

Merry Coor
Merry Coor

Learn more about memorial ash beads on Merry Coor’s website.

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