The Quartz Floating Ball Urn
These urns are 100% biodegradable: designed for an ashes water burial. Made of clay and a plant-based gelatin, they dissolve completely in water.
This Quartz Floating Ball urn will make any water burial ceremony dignified and memorable. They are made of sand and a plant based gel and are designed to float for few minutes, sink and dissolve completely in water, releasing the ashes into the water.
The ashes are put into a specifically designed dissolvable bag, that is then placed inside the urn. To seal the urn you will need some adhesive glue (supplied) to put around the bottom half and then place the top half on top and leave to set.
They are designed to float for a while. The length of time they will float is variable. The duration the urn will float for is variable. It is down to the weight of the ashes, the water conditions and the height from which the urn is dropped. For example, if it was a set of ashes weighing 7lbs (3.5kg) and dropped from around 6ft or 2m then the urn is likely sink straight away. However, if the urn contained only 5lbs (2.5kg) of ashes and was placed on the water it will float for a few minutes. The urn will then fill with water through holes in the bottom of the urn and then submerge.
The urn will stand a much better chance of floating if placed as opposed to dropped into the water. If you do drop them, they won’t break on the surface of the water, but may sink straight away. We know because we have tested them from around 25ft/7m.
As there are no animal products used in the gelatin bonding agent, as such they are ideal for Hindu and Sikh ceremonies
Capacity and Dimensions
Volume 3 litres – this is suitable for the ashes of one person.
The small version takes a token amount, under a litre
Ashes water ceremony
Water burials are a very dignified way to conduct a ashes ceremony – you can cast petals, put last words on our promises notelets. Or if appropriate you can use our natural floating biodegradable candle, made of beeswax and coconut shell to make a memorable occasion.
Record where you conducted the ceremony for future generations. If you are on a boat the skipper will be able to tell you your exact location. Recorded the location on our ceremony certificates
We consider these urns more suitable for deeper water below the low tide line. Please see our page on general guidance for ceremonies or river or the sea.Many people find that the simple presence of a body of water after the ceremony can help them to remember that person.
They are also suitable for land burial as moisture in the soil will help the urn to biodegrade.
Quartz floating ball urn packing and delivery
Each urn is in robust custom protective packaging that is both convenient and discreet transporting. The box (and urn) will pass through airport security screenings. It can fit in the overhead compartment of most commercial airliners.
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