Jew­ellery with the per­fect blend

Caernarfon Herald - - NEWS -

FOR our crafts fea­ture this week, we chat to Pauline Durham, who ex­plains how her cre­ative streak has led her to make items, such as pen­dants, earrings and ban­gles, us­ing Swarovski Cer­alun clay.

Pauline said: “In Oc­to­ber 2010 I moved to North Wales with my hus­band, after liv­ing in Hampshire all my life.

“I have al­ways been cre­ative, hav­ing had a bal­loon dec­o­rat­ing busi­ness and a dried flower busi­ness, I de­cided I wanted some­thing new to do.

“I started mak­ing jew­ellery, us­ing beads and charms, mak­ing neck­laces and bracelets, and ev­ery year I al­ways in­tro­duced a new style.

“One year it was Swarovski pen­dants, the fol­low­ing year was Fimo clay but dur­ing the last year I found a new prod­uct called Swarovski Cer­alun clay.

“The prod­uct is amaz­ing, and after the ini­tial fail­ures of not get­ting the clay smooth, I soon mas­tered the tech­nique.

“You blend two clays to­gether, place it into the mount you want and then add tiny crys­tals in as­sorted shapes and colours to the clay.

“I love ex­per­i­ment­ing with dif­fer­ent colours and chang­ing de­signs.

“Each piece takes three days to dry, they are then cleaned and fin­ished and put into gift boxes.

“They take a lot of pa­tience and time to make but you get fan­tas­tic re­sults at the end, ev­ery piece is truly unique.”

As well as jew­ellery, Pauline also cro­chets blan­kets and makes laven­der bags and cush­ions.

“I use lots of dif­fer­ent fabrics and the most pop­u­lar seem to be an­i­mal fab­ric.

“I also em­broi­der pat­terns onto fab­ric and make them into laven­der bags.”

You can see more of Pauline’s work on her Face­book page: Jew­ellery by Pauline, and also on sale in Crafts North Wales, Porth­madog, Slate and Things, Caernar­fon and a tea shop in Di­nas Mawd­dwy.

A dis­play of jew­ellery by Pauline Durham at a craft fair

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