Daybreak Dreams conducts business from Ryan’s homegrown glass-art studio. He, his wife (Abby), and their son reside in historic Mullica Hill, NJ. They’re a family business working to provide a sense of comfort and joy in peoples’ lives.
Jewelry Made From Ashes
Ryan Higgins is the creative force of Daybreak Dreams Design. He has been flameworking glass into art for over twenty-five years. In 2016 his career path steered toward the memorial trade while working with clients who’d lost loved ones and pets. Daybreak Dreams was born. Ryan discovered a more meaningful purpose in his work. Infusing cremated remains into glass imbued it with an extraordinary spirit. He says, “I deeply feel the connections made between me (the artist), the deceased, and the survivors. It fuels my drive to deliver the best of myself for each memorial glasswork.”
What is Glass Jewelry Made From Ashes?
Turning cremation ashes into glass cremation jewelry is a careful and delicate process. Here at Daybreak Dreams, we specialize in creating various styles and colors of ash-infused cremation jewelry by combining traditional glassmaking, modern tools, and contemporary design to create unique keepsakes to commemorate loved ones.
The Process of Flameworking
Flameworking is the process of using a torch to melt glass. Precise hand movements and specialized tools shape the glass in this molten state. At Daybreak Dreams, we use a selection of propane/oxygen bench-burner torches and some smaller hand torches to melt borosilicate glass rods. Borosilicate glass is a material that is known for its clarity as well as its durability. In addition to our annealing process, these qualities will ensure that our cremation glass pieces are sure to last generations.
Infusing the Cremains Into the Glass
Once we have begun melting the glass, the provided cremains are then taken and put between two layers of molten glass. The cremains permanently infuse into the glass when the layers melt together. Next, heat, gravity, and tools shape the glasswork into glass jewelry. After shaping, the one-of-a-kind piece anneals in a kiln and then goes through a controlled cooling process to ensure that your memorial glass jewelry will last.
If you’re interested in our cremation glasswork, you can find our collection of glass cremation necklaces here. Also, if you have any questions about our process or our custom cremation glasswork, please feel free to contact us. We’re always happy to help.