Choosing an epitaph for a loved one is an important procedure for many families. Engraving on urns makes a personalized cremation urn inscribed with insightful, hilarious, irreverent, or smart remarks that embody a loved one’s personality or memory is even more fulfilling.
It’s crucial to understand the engraving procedures and what materials may be etched in addition to choosing an epitaph. Which engraving procedure is best for a nice, attractive outcome is sometimes determined by the urn material.
The following information is included in this article:
- An overview of four engraving methods
- What materials and processes may be used to engrave or customize urns?
- What kinds of urns may be customized?
- Before placing a purchase, there are a few more things to consider.
Engraving on Urns – There are four different ways to personalize a cremation urn.
- Laser engraving creates the desired appearance by using lasers. There are no tool bits or inks used in this procedure. The laser is similar to a pencil in that the controller may use the beam it emits to sketch patterns or text onto a surface. Hardwoods, certain metals, most coated metals, and fine precision tiny goods such as jewelry are all ideal for laser engraving. On ceramic surfaces, this approach does not function well.
- Rotary engraving is done with a motorized spindle and a rotating cutting tool. The tool creates a groove by cutting through the material’s surface to a predefined depth. Brass, stainless steel, silver, gold, titanium, pewter, and aluminum are all uncoated metals that work well with it. The basic metal surface and color can be seen by carving a groove through a layer of paint or ceramic that covers the metal. In comparison to laser engraving, rotary engraving allows for deeper incisions in marble or stone.
- Fiber laser cutting systems produce a laser beam that is transmitted to the laser cutting head through a fiber optic cable. The beam is sent by glass fiber, with a beam quality optimized for metal cutting. Brass, stainless steel, copper, aluminum, and other metals are suitable for this technique. It is incompatible with coated metals.
- Sandcarving – Engraving marble, stone, pottery, granite, or metal is best done by this process. On the surface to be carved, a photomask, or stencil, is applied. An abrasive sand-like substance is driven onto that surface using compressed air, carving only in the open sections of the stencil. This process can create a faintly frosted picture or a design that is deeply engraved.
Which procedure may be used to engrave which types of cremation urn materials?
Certain materials are more suited to engraving than others. Keep this in mind while you study the vendor’s information for engraving appropriateness. Urn coating, for example, makes a difference. Metal engraving is possible on bronze finished in pewter, but it is not possible on brass (or any metal) painted in matte paint since the engraving technique might chip the paint. Engraving is not possible on glass urns.
There is a preferred engraving procedure for each type of material, as stated in the engraving processes outlined above. Vendors evaluate various surfaces to discover which engraving process is best. When considering your options as a consumer, don’t be afraid to rely on their knowledge.
What if you find the ideal cremation urn for your loved one only to discover it isn’t engravable?
There are two viable solutions to this problem.
- The urn’s neck can be adorned with an engraved metal pendant on a ribbon or chain.
- Underneath the urn, an engraved plaque is set on a base.
What will become to the cremation urn or cremation keepsake?
With the foregoing information in hand, another factor to consider is where the urn will be kept and who will view it. These responses can help you choose the right material for the job, as well as the right phrase.
- Ceramic, wood, metal, and stone urns are all alternatives for a conventional earth burial. The urn is normally present at the funeral or memorial ceremony, but it is buried thereafter and is no longer visible. Engraving is not possible on biodegradable urns.
- Burial urns, stone and ceramic urns, metal urns, and wooden urns can all be kept in a columbarium (a covered outdoor or indoor niche). Glass doors in certain columbaria allow visitors to see the urns. When selecting an urn and an epitaph, keep this in mind. For you and anyone who comes, an appropriate sentence etched on the urn identifies and maybe revitalizes memories of your loved one.
- Wood, porcelain, metal, or stone can all be used to create a memorial urn for the house. Consider more casual or personal phrasing when storing ashes at home in a display urn that will be viewed by family and friends. Use a person’s or pet’s nickname to express their relationship with you, for example. Consider a word or term that is only known to close relatives and friends.
What kinds of cremation urns are available to be personalized?
Urns made of wood, metal, stone, and ceramic can be customized. An etched emblem is already present on certain urns. Engraving is available on keepsake cremation urns and cremation jewelry. Keep in mind that the space available for letters, numbers, and symbols is limited due to their reduced size.
Things to think about before placing an order
Check the options for that specific urn when choosing one. The following are some options:
- Character count or word limit
- Line count
- Fonts — usually a variety of block or calligraphic script styles.
- Symbols like a dove, crucifix, heart, dolphin, and others.
Before you submit your purchase, think about what you want the engraving to say. Make sure your wording is compatible with the urn’s engraving capabilities (material, character count, etc.). Then you’ll be prepared to add the phrase when you place your order. If you wish to specify the location of the engraving on the urn, check with the seller to see what options are available.
How much time does it take?
For urns that are not customized, engraving might take an extra 1 to 3 business days on top of the shipment period. A “rush order” with engraving usually takes at least one extra business day. When the urn is ready, overnight delivery is always a possibility, but check with your seller to see whether engraving can be accomplished in a reasonable amount of time.
Choosing a cremation urn for a loved one and personalizing it with engraving is a significant and personal decision. Work with your provider to get a pleasing outcome that satisfies both your emotional and visual requirements. Customer support specialists are always hand to assist you, answering any questions you may have and resolving any problems you may have.