As an artist, Twyla-Lea Jensen has been using resin in her work for a long time, but less than two years ago, she took that resin work in a new direction.
“My dad passed away just a little over two years ago and my sister was looking for something to put some of his ashes into,” Jensen said.
After looking into some of the options available to them, she decided to try to create a jewelry piece of her own, using resin that had been mixed with some of the ashes.
She explained that the resin won’t break, crack or chip, so the ashes will remain safely encased.
Jensen has various creations, including jewelry, keychains and paperweights.
She can even use her resin to cover other types of art, such as paintings, and has recently started offering Christmas ornaments.
“All of the pieces I’ve made, all of the people are so happy and thankful that it’s available,” she said.
Because it was her father’s death that led her to take her work in this new direction, Jensen feels as if this is her true calling.
“Dad let me experiment with him,” she said.
Jensen is new to Kamloops and is trying to get the word out about her work. While she’s hoping to make some arrangements with local funeral businesses, at the moment she is relying on people reaching out to her directly.
While she has plenty of shapes available to choose from — including hearts, teardrops, star shapes, snowflakes, pyramids, cylinders and gems — Jensen can work with those with more specific ideas.
“If they wanted something that I didn’t have, they could certainly bring me the idea and I could see if I could find a mould or make a mould,” she said.
“I’ve got lots of ideas and I’m absolutely open to trying to do whatever somebody wants.”
Some of Jensen’s creations are online at spiritsoultreasures.com.
Those interested in learning more about her work can contact her by phone at 778-694-6694 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.