Blue Jelly MoonBlue Jelly Moon
Hi, I’m Diane, wife to Glen and mother to aspiring young actress Ellie and gaming mad Josh.
People ask me how did I come up with the idea of using broken old china for creating my pieces. One Christmas Glen, long suffering husband, went into the attic to bring down the decorations. Whilst in there he came across a box of Royal Albert china and brought it down. ‘What are you going to do with this?’ he asks. I looked in the box and the cups and plates had all seen better days and were chipped or the gilding was beginning to fade. It wasn’t good enough to use but too pretty to throw away, hence why it ended up in the attic. I put my thinking cap on and thought of what I could do with the bits and that’s when I thought of mosaic. I’ve never mosaic’d before so it was a big challenge and I didn’t really know where to start.
My first mosaic transformation was a wooden jewellery/ makeup box which I decorated with a flower design and then gave to my lovely mum for Christmas. It took hours and hours of work as the china pieces used in the design were tiny. When using plates, saucers or cups you have to cut the pieces small due to the curvature of the china otherwise the pieces don’t lay flat. Anyway I loved it, and it inspired me to do more and I think the results are fab.
I hate to throw pretty things away and I know other people are the same. I have started a ‘keepsake’ service where I will turn a piece of treasured fine bone china which has been chipped, cracked or broken into a heart keepsake. This is a lovely service to offer for that special piece which has been given as a present or inherited. I can turn it into something to treasure again and will have it’s own special story to tell.
Using old fine bone china and turning into something beautiful again makes me happy.
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