As 2018 draws to an end I’m thinking about how to make our jewellery even better. One of the biggest complaints we’ve ever had is our timescale for orders. Orders for breastmilk jewellery have been taking around six months because I haven’t been able to get help making them. There’s so much training involved with storing, preserving and drying milk that it’s seemed impossible to find local artists who can help. As much as people say they love the pieces and I harp on about the importance of our terms and conditions, making people promise they’ve read them on the checkout, I still think people underestimate how long these breastmilk items will take. By removing breastmilk jewellery for now, we can concentrate on the memorial orders and make the pieces so much quicker.
It’s been a bit of a heartache for me over the past three and a half years to try and make breastmilk jewellery. When I first started I struggled with my preservation method, and although I got this down to a fine art and even blogged about it and run the Breastmilk Jewellery Group on Facebook, I still find it a long process. It takes so much extra time to do the milk compared with cremation ashes and hair. It tends to sap all of my energy and has had me feeling uninspired for other kinds of work. I don’t get the same satisfaction from making breastmilk jewellery, it is nice to help someone remember their breastfeeding journey, but it’s not comparable to helping someone keep their loved one’s hair or ashes close. I don’t get the same enjoyment seeing the finished pieces either, because breastmilk jewellery doesn’t have the same variety as the others. I think I’ve grown tired of making them.
I now have several artists who help me make the memorial jewellery, ashes are sent directly to them or to me and I label them all up ready to give to them. Our artists are fully trained to use glass or UV resin to turn ashes, hair and cord into cabochons (stones), pearls and charms. There’s no complicated and timely process to prepare the elements to work with. These artists make the jewellery much sooner than I could on my own, they often check that the client likes their work before giving these blanks to me to finish. Now I’ve been training someone new to set the finished pieces in metal as well. This is all going to help to reduce the lead time for the memorial pieces which is my ultimate aim
Making The Rest
I will still make the odd piece now and again, I’m happy to honour all existing orders, additional breastmilk pieces for existing clients and those with gift vouchers purchased before 27th October 2018. Other than that I’ll be spending my time between making and organising memorial jewellery and hanging out with my husband and two very small children.
Where To Buy Now
We recommend a few breastmilk jewellery companies, in the UK is Precious By Kerry (click here) and if you don’t mind ordering from Australia then Baby Bee Hummingbirds (currently closed) is a fab choice.