These Custom Glass Beads Encase Sentimental Things

Soulessence Keepsakes are more than ornamental.

Photograph supplied by Soulessence Keepsakes.

Soulessence Keepsakes are handcrafted custom glass beads that encase sentimental things such as cremation ashes, sand from beach holidays, brick dust from a demolished family home or any other matter, provided it can be contained within the glass. Creator and glass artist Tracy Slobodian began creating the keepsakes after the deaths of some close friends, whose families asked Slobodian to memorialize them by creating beads containing their ashes. Following that initial project, word of mouth led to others wanting to preserve the essence of a loved one, pet or special moment in a bead or other glass item. The beads are available in various sizes and colours, as well as complete bracelets and skeleton keys. Prices range from $20 to $150.

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This article appears in the October 2019 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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