Initially Noel will draw a sketch of his design idea, and from this create a three dimensional model by sculpting clay,
using tools to create fine detail.
Making the mould
A two-part rubber silicone mix is prepared and poured onto the clay model. This forms a skin that is then built up in layers until it is a thick rubber mould is formed.
Casting the mould
Cement mixture is added to the mould gradually, then shaken from side to side to release any air bubbles The photo below shows how this causes air bubbles to appear on the surface. This process is repeated until the mould is full.
Mark of authenticity
As the cement is beginning to set, a plug is added to the base so each sculpture bears our mark of authenticity. When you see this mark you can be certain that your sculpture is a genuine Casting Ashes® artisan piece.
When you send your loved one's ashes to us you are trusting us to look after them. We feel honoured and take this responsibility seriously. Therefore we can assure you of the following:
The ashes will be stored in our locked premises and will not leave the Casting Ashes workshop.
They are kept in a sealed bag within a container, and marked clearly with the name of the deceased, the order date and number and customer name.
Each sculpture is mixed and cast individually and separate from other orders.
Adding cremation ashes
As the cement mix is poured into the mould ashes are gently sprinkled at intervals until all are used up. We do not add ashes into the cement as it is being mixed becaue we do not want to leave any traces behind in the container.
You can be assured that all the ashes you send are added directly to the mould and will become part of your Casting Ashes® Remembrance Sculpture.
Our trade name 'Casting Ashes' was trademarked in 2015. For Remembrance Sculpture we use the plug with the two dots at either side of the CA motif to indicate that the piece contains cremation ashes and is a genuine Casting Ashes® Remembrance Sculpture.
Sculpting the clay
All our sculpture is designed and created by Noel Brennan at our workshop in North Cornwall.
He is hands on at every stage of the process from the initial concept, to shaping the clay,
forming a mould and finally pouring the cast.