I've got a friend whose pet died and she wants to keep it in a cremation
urn. Has anyone made one of these? What do you line the urn with? Would
acrylic or something similar work and does it have to have an air tight
I made an oak urn for my friend's cat. It was from a solid block that
I made continuous borings with a forstner bit. I rabbetted the lid to
make a plug seal, nothing more. I coated in and out with several
coats of polyurethane and gave it to her after the fumes dissapated.
I don't know if the ashes needed to be stored in an airtight
environment but I thought my gift was right on the mark. She was
really pleased with the time and thoughts I put into the urn and I
have heard no complaints.
Ash is stuff left over when all reactions have finished, so it's pretty inert
and needs no special treatment at all. other than for convenience and er,
"security" - basically to stop you losing it up the hoover or having someone
keep on using the container as an ashtray or something else unpredictable.
Best solution for not losing it is seal it in resin and make jewellery or
ornaments with it, but this may not be an appropriate aesthetic for everyone.
I'd go for an urn with a tight or screw on lid - think about consequences of
an accidental knock-over and proof the device against that.
Umm.. how about a flat box with a secondary bottom compartment for ashes and
top bit for photos and memorabilia? Hard to knock over and functionality is a
bit less funereal?
For human remains, the crematory normally supplies a simple container
that seals securely. Depending on where it will be placed, a
decorative box or cylinder could be anything that the owner requires.
The space for pictures is a nice touch.
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We just had a dog pass away earlier this summer. The remains come in a
plastic container which is sealed. I made a dog house to fit the plastic
container. The container comes in a velvet like material bag and is perfect
to make sure it does not rattle around.
Assume 1" cube per pound of live body weight.
Now IM(L)E of turning, that's a pretty big urn you'll be needing. So
when I've needed to do this, I've gone instead for a rectangular box
made by cabinetry. Even then, the first couple I made surprised me by
just how much space I wound up needing.
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