Memorial Ash Beads: Artist Turns Your Loved Ones’ Ashes Into Jewelry

How would you like to keep the ashes of your loved ones? California-based artist Merry Coor would like to make them into beautiful memorial ash beads. These tangible mementos of your loved ones can be worn on the neck, to always keep them close to you. The bead is made from rods of special, colored, silvered glass, which are melted and formed into a bead. The ashes are then incorporated into its spiral pattern, and the entire assembly is then encased in glass. Finally, the customer has a choice of clasp and chain. The beads themselves are blue-green, representing whatever you think fit: the heavens, a planet, universe, and so forth.

Merry Coor has been making glass beads since the year 2000. It was only last year when a couple asked her to make a bead incorporating the remains of their friend who fell before his time. “The experience was amazing for me. 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.” It appears that the whole process of making memorial beads is a thing of almost religious importance.

Considering the nature of the service rendered, a certain amount of reverence that blends with over a decade worth of honed skill is really fitting.

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Incredible Dali Sculpture Comes to Life!

The Department of Astounding Hyperrealism has previously featured the jaw-dropping work of Los Angeles-based Japanese hyperrealist sculptor Kazuhiro Tsuji because of his astonishingly lifelike bust of Abraham Lincoln. Today our minds have been blown once again by another of Tsuji’s sculptures, portraits of artist Salvador Dalí. Silicone sculpted, mixed media busts are larger than life – much like Dali seemed to be in real life – and so incredibly detailed that we keep waiting for them to blink or wink or maybe even speak.

Visits Kazuhiro Tsuji’s website to check out more of his phenomenal sculptures and click here for a brief video interview with Tsuji about his process.

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Animal Chanukah Menorahs Made From Repurposed Plastic Toys

Lisa Pierce, an artist in Portland, Maine, has created a line of whimsical metallic animal Chanukah Menorahs made from repurposed plastic toys and metal candle holders. Each piece is made-to-order in different colors and comes with adorable names such as “Menorasaurus Rex,” “Menurtle,” and the hilarious “Menobster.”

A menagerie of hand-crafted, made-to-order animal menorahs and candlesticks made from repurposed plastic toys and metal candle holders. Menorahs are durable and reusable for Chanukah and candle-lighting fun far into the future!

Lisa is currently taking orders for delivery in January 2015, which gives us all a good head start for next year.

The Bigger Picture, Fanciful Depictions of the Area Outside the Margins of Iconic Album Covers

In The Bigger Picture, web design company Aptitude imagines what exists just outside the margins of some of popular music’s most iconic covers, from Michael Jackson to Adele.

In this digital age, buying an album has become less about buying a physical package to buying a digital version out of convenience. So in honour of a once coveted industry standard, we take a look at some of the most iconic album covers over the years and put our own spin on them by revealing ‘the bigger picture’.

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