Beads Immortalize Your Pet

By Tony Reid
Herald & Review, Decatur, Ill.

LINCOLN

They say you can’t take it with you when you die.

But now, thanks to an entrepreneurial stay-at-home mom from Lincoln, you can at least keep some of them with you after they die

Pets, that is. And people, too.

Aletha Ely runs a business called “The Glittered Acorn” that uses decorative beads hand-fashioned from a special clear resin to hold little bits of your dearly departed pets or persons. Customers send her a half to a full teaspoon of the deceased cremains (the dust left after cremation) and Ely blends them seamlessly into the beads.

It’s then highly polished and finished with decorative sterling silver inserts so it can be worn on a necklace or as a bracelet or maybe earrings. “You could even hang one in your car,” says Ely, 37.

She further explains that the beads will be in shades of gray depending on the color of the cremains, which tend to vary a bit.

But settling for monochrome mortality is far from your only choice. Ely has all kinds of colorful metalliclike flakes that she can sprinkle into the beads to dress remembrance in many splendid hues.

The creator dramatically highlights the contrast by showing a plain blackish-gray bead holding a bit of dust from her late and beloved pug, Brutus. Then she shows off one she did for a customer’s dog that is flashed through with bright red accents. If you want hair incorporated into the beads, she can do that, too. Her approach is to be very custom-oriented to please her clients. And those customers are seeking her out from far and wide.

“I’ve made five for a lady in New York,” says Ely, who says her beads are getting noticed on Facebook. “And that lady also paid for an additional four as gifts this Christmas for a friend of hers in Colorado.”

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