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Meet Your Maker – Annie Leigh – Bespoke Urns

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Annie Leigh

Biodegradable water urns handmade, handpainted and completely bespoke.

Our talented artist Annie Leigh hand makes these amazing urns using a papier-mâché technique gradually building up the shape and then hand painting it with exquisite designs. You can choose from a range of different ideas: for the classic English lady or gent what about a teapot urn, for the avid traveller there is a suitcase urn, you can choose five luggage ‘stickers’ with your loved one’s favourite travel destinations as well as a luggage label with their name on; a flat-cap for a Yorkshireman; or a ketch for the keen sailor?

These 100% biodegradable water urns can hold a full set of ashes and be cast into the sea for a truly memorable water burial, they will break down gently releasing your loved one’s ashes into the water. Or, you can display them proudly in your home without anyone having a clue what’s inside, it’s up to you.

The materials she uses are carefully selected to be perfect for green funerals. They are toxin free, organic & compostable. Over time they break down naturally in earth & water, without causing environmental harm. She chooses materials with care – unbleached recycled paper, print-free recycled packaging & VOC free PVA & wallpaper paste, both non-toxic. Sometimes other natural materials are added in (e.g. powdered chalk, linseed oil).

The decorative finishes are also kind to the environment: plant based (cotton, sisal, leaves, flowers…) or even mineral (sand, tiny pebbles, clay…). For colour work,she prefers casein paint & earth colours.

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