Creator of Bespoke Handcrafted Decor For Home And Garden
Hello. My name is Carol and I live in Braintree, Essex with my partner and two of my four children. I love crafting in general and have tried many different types over the years but it was making ornaments and statues that I came to love.
I guess like most people, crafting started as a hobby and then I needed more space. My workspace is now this lovely studio at the bottom of my large garden. I opened my small business in April 2019 and became a member of the Professional Crafters Guild in February 2020. I am currently a stockist at The Suffolk Craft Shop, Kersey Mill, Hadleigh, Suffolk, IP7 6DP. Kersey Mill is part of the English Heritage and is a lovely day out.
All my indoor ornaments are handcast from stonecast plaster. This is stronger and heavier than traditional plaster of paris and has the weight and feel of stone. They are handpainted with indoor acrylic paint. the ‘Old Time’ Range is handpainted with a special super matt non reflective paint with a carbon appearance. They cast a wonderful shadow. They all have felt bases to protect your furniture.
All outdoor ornaments/statues are cast using white cement (snowcrete). This is more expensive but I love using it and it gives finer detailing similar to the plaster. All stone is porous so lime is added so it becomes less porous and more weather resistant. However as with all outdoor ornaments I advise to take them in during very cold weather.
Outdoor casts are finished with outdoor acrylic paint. Outdoor paint is thinner than indoor paint and sinks into the stone rather than lie on top making it less likely to chip and flake. It is also more fade resistant in the outdoor environment making the colours remain more vibrant for longer (Although will fade overtime longer period). Finished with outdoor waterbased varnish for added protection.