Jewellery with the perfect blend
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