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The woman who turned her dead dog into jewellery!

A mother has launched a jewellery business with a difference – making trinkets for owners out of their pets’ ashes, hair and even TAIL.

Michelle Childerley, 47, made her first piece of jewellery with animal hair after her husband found some of their late dog Alfie’s hair down the back of the sofa.

The mother set up a website and soon started receiving lots of requests from pet owners wanting a memento of their dead pets.

The beads which were fashioned from the fur of Michelle Childerley's dog Alfie. See MASONS story MNFUR; Some people like to sprinkle the ashes of a deceased pet in a special place.  However, as the success of a Trumpington mother's unusual jewellery business suggests, others like to wear them. Michelle Childerley, 47, worked as an animal communicator for eight years before a client's Facebook post inspired her to move away from pet psychiatry. The client uploaded a photo of a window hanging with a bead made from the ashes of her dead dog.  Michelle thought the bead was "such a lovely thing for people to have" that she decided to start her own bead-based business, Memories in Glass.

The beads fashioned with Alfie’s hair

Michelle infuses animal fur, horse tail and ashes into glass and then shapes it into beads which then form part of bracelets, necklaces or earrings.

The beads look different every time and bracelets start from £14.99.

Michelle, from Cambridge, said: “Sometimes you get lots of bubbles in the glass, sometimes soot or black and white flecks – the glass behaves in different ways depending on what substance you’re working with.

“I worked with the fur of two labradoodles the other week and one went into little black lines of soot and the other one was really bubbly.

“I don’t find it weird to handle ashes, it doesn’t bother me at all.”

Michelle Childerley and her dog Alfie who got turned into jewellery. See MASONS story MNFUR; Some people like to sprinkle the ashes of a deceased pet in a special place.  However, as the success of a Trumpington mother's unusual jewellery business suggests, others like to wear them. Michelle Childerley, 47, worked as an animal communicator for eight years before a client's Facebook post inspired her to move away from pet psychiatry. The client uploaded a photo of a window hanging with a bead made from the ashes of her dead dog.  Michelle thought the bead was "such a lovely thing for people to have" that she decided to start her own bead-based business, Memories in Glass.

Michelle and her dog Alfie

Michelle, who used to be an pet psychic, has worked with lots of species including guinea pigs, birds and even battery rescue chickens.

She has also made beads infused with the sand from people’s honeymoons and has even infused beads with human ashes.

Michelle only needs a “teaspoon-size amount” of the fur or ash to create the bead.

She added: “People put it in the post to me, so I get all sorts of strange things arriving with the postman.”

It takes Michelle about 20 minutes to make one bead and she works on her own.

She added: “Making these beads is my full-time job now. It’s brilliant. It’s just so lovely to be able to create a cherished memory for someone.

“It’s nice for people to have something like a bracelet rather than ashes sitting in a box in a cupboard.”

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