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    Hi!

    Does anyone know if there are any legal requirements to be aware of if I was to use human remains (e.g. ashes) in crafts?

    Mick
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    Enviromental Health says there is no risk from the use or disposal of human ashes almost anywhere. There is a company making glass jewellery from human ashes http://www.ashesintoglass.co.uk/inde...FYdH3god5xIpzw

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      Many thanks for that Mo!
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      • #4
        OMG - we are not going to find you lurking around crematoriums now are we?

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        • #5
          Or renaming yourself to Shpangled Ash.

          On the serious side it could be quite a lucrative sideline for you, you could call them 'Memory Pendants'
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          • #6
            Ive seen a documentary on what people do with ashes and I saw one woman painting the ashes into a an artwork for the deceased other half.

            But then again Ienquired about my relative scattering his fathers ashes off a bridge in London and they basically said no, health and safety.
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            • #7
              I saw in a magazine last week that a woman had her husbands ashes tattoed onto her...it was mixed in with the ink!! If they can do that then I'm sure you're fine to use them in anything craft related
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Seahorse View Post
                But then again Ienquired about my relative scattering his fathers ashes off a bridge in London and they basically said no, health and safety.
                Maybe that was something to do with the possibility of it landing in front (or on top) of a boat floating down the Thames and causing issues with navigation.
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                • #9
                  Personally my reaction is ugh! ...but I am sure this could be a lucrative market...good luck with it.

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                  • #10
                    I have seen on programmes quite a few times ashes being mixed into tattoo ink (however these tend to be American programmes so regulations may be different, although I would expect that if they are OK with their very strict regulations this country wouldn't be any different).

                    There are a number of companies who create 'diamonds' from ashes (often from pet ashes) to make into jewellery so I am sure there is no problem.
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                    • #11
                      Thanks all! Maybe I should just OK it with trading standards first eh just to be sure...

                      Personally I am not sure if I would have enquired though about scattering the ashes off a bridge...I probably would have just gone ahead and did it if that was what he wished for.

                      Mick
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                      • #12
                        Here is a UK webiste that might help
                        http://www.scattering-ashes.co.uk/wh...s-regulations/

                        Good news – the law on scattering ashes in the UK is fairly relaxed you can even scatter or bury them in your garden if you wish.

                        On the left there is a list that includes memorial jewellery, pottery, painting even in fireworks!

                        I think you will be fine with almost anything as ashes are by their nature sterile and inert.
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                        • #13
                          I love how many views this thread has had! - Intriguing topic indeed -
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