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Undated handout photo issued by the University of Brighton of a picture frame made from the ashes of Dennis Dickens (in frame), by artist Amanda Cotton

Undated handout photo issued by the University of Brighton of a picture frame made from the ashes of Dennis Dickens (in frame), by artist Amanda Cotton

Amanda Cotton

Amanda Cotton

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Undated handout photo issued by the University of Brighton of a picture frame made from the ashes of Dennis Dickens (in frame), by artist Amanda Cotton

An artist who made picture frames for the parents of newborns using the mother's placenta is now preserving people's ashes in the same way.

Amanda Cotton developed the technique using recycled and sustainable materials while studying 3D Materials Practice at the University of Brighton, and after receiving positive feedback from customers decided not only to concentrate on commemorating life, but also death.

The 26-year-old's first commission came from Sandra Lawrence, from Staffordshire, who wanted to keep a permanent memorial to her father, Denis Dickens (inset), close to her.

Mrs Lawrence praised Miss Cotton's "sensitivity and professionalism" and said: "I never knew what to do with his ashes.

"I didn't want to scatter them because I wanted a lasting memory."

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