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Tooth Fairy delivers a real gem

PUBLISHED: 17:32 25 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:53 23 August 2010

CHUFFED’: Claire Johnston and her broach

CHUFFED': Claire Johnston and her broach

AN artist who makes jewellery from the castings of her daughter s baby teeth has been shortlisted for a design award. Claire Johnston, of Gravesend, was among 10 finalists at the Design Show Liverpool Student Awards competition staged last Wednesday. A

AN artist who makes jewellery from the castings of her daughter's baby teeth has been shortlisted for a design award.

Claire Johnston, of Gravesend, was among 10 finalists at the Design Show Liverpool Student Awards competition staged last Wednesday.

A student at University College of the Creative Arts in Rochester, she came fourth in the national competition, judged by leading designer Wayne Hemingway MBE.

Her entry was a broach made from silver castings of her daughter's milk teeth, one of a selection of jewellery pieces called the "Tooth Fairy" collection, which includes necklaces bracelets and earrings.

Mrs Johnston, who is married with three children, said: "I was absolutely chuffed to get as far as I did. There were hundreds of designers entered and I was one of those shortlisted.

"I take things that are very important to me and turn them into jewellery. I do wear jewellery, but I tend to wear things that are of some significance and I wanted to make pieces that were made of items of sentimental value.

"For this piece, I took my daughter's baby teeth, something obviously very sentimental to me, and I cast them in silver and constructed a broach out of them. I was very happy with the final outcome. My family are very proud of what I have achieved."

Other designs entered for the awards included a wheelchair accessible cupboard, stackable chairs and a portable car washing work station

Mrs Johnston returned to study at the College of Creative Arts after a 15-year break.

She has spent the last three years as a full-time mature student, and is due to graduate from the college tomorrow.

To view a selection of her work, visit www.clairefjohnston.blogspot.com.

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