When I started selling lampwork glass beads at the beginning of the year, I had no intention of making memory beads, as it is pretty scary to work with a loved one's ashes. There are already very experienced beadmakers doing just that, and they have some lovely work. However, a few months ago I was asked by a lovely customer if I would give it a go with her beloved doggy's ashes, and to my surprise I found it to be very a very rewarding and worthwhile service to offer. I can incorporate ashes (pet or human), hair or fur into beautiful glass beads, which I turn into pendants, keyrings or charms. I can even mix ashes and fur in the same bead, as I did with the ashes of one pet who had passed away with her best friend's fur, as he was missing her terribly. I thought it was a lovely token way for them to be together forever. I also have paw print & kitty beads available which are not memory beads, which will make a great Christmas present for any animal lover! Have a browse of my Etsy shop here.