A HIGH-TECH glass developed to protect the Space Shuttle is helping raise money for a breast cancer charity.
In the hands of craftswoman Traci Morris, from Minera, the dichroic glass is transformed into jewellery, bowls and platters.
Traci is one of the latest recruits to join Wrexham’s Paint the Town Pink campaign.
She has a personal reason for wanting to help as her elder brother Patrick died of cancer earlier this year, aged just 51.
The campaign has been launched by three firms, accountants Coxeys, solicitors Cyril Jones and Co incorporating Stanley Williams and the care organisation, Pendine Park.
They aim to raise as much money as possible for Breast Cancer Awareness and raise the profile of breast cancer issues at the same time.
They want the whole of Wrexham to be In The Pink tomorrow (Friday) the climax of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Staff at Coxeys invited Traci and another local craft company, Dancing Phoenix Crafts, to get involved.
Both will be setting up stalls at Coxeys tomorrow and making donations to Breast Cancer Care.
Traci set up her company after completing a degree in architectural glass at NEWI (now Glyndr University) two years ago.
She said: “I got an opportunity to go to Scotland to work with Klaus Mojé. He is a really amazing glass artist and he introduced me to the hot kiln forming techniques and I was just blown away by it and decided that was the way I wanted to go.
“I started experimenting with warm glass – I put three pieces of glass together and fired it up to temperatures such as 800ºC.
“Different temperatures make glass go different shapes and sizes. You don’t know what’s going to come out. It’s a bit like alchemy.
“The jewellery is a by-product of the bowls and the platters. I have to put a little piece of glass in the kiln to test what the glass is going to look like.
“The dichroic glass is expensive and was developed by NASA to coat the nose cone of the Space Shuttle because it can withstand such high temperatures.
“Selling jewellery is my bread and butter so I can be a bit more decadent and extravagant with bigger pieces.
“I have just lost my brother to a brain tumour so I think it’s good to give something back. He died in April.
“Breast Cancer Care does not get a lot of funding. I’ll be donating 10% proceeds.”
The idea to join the campaign came from one of her friends, Julie Roche, who works as an administrative assistant at Coxeys.
Julie said: “Traci is a good friend of mine and she said yes when I asked if she would do it. It’s going to be a fun day and it’s going to make people more aware of breast cancer.”
Barbara Hughes, another administrative assistant at Coxeys, also invited Dancing Phoenix Crafts to take part.
She is a friend of the mother and daughter team, Diane Hearn and Judith Morris, who established the company earlier this year.
Diane, from Garden Village, said: “Barbara lives next door to us and we were delighted to be able to help out.
“I have always been interested in crafts and have been making cards for three years. I was selling to friends and family and we decided to set up in business.
“We do a full range for all occasions and we do individual, bespoke cards too. We are donating a box of cards – all the proceeds will go to the fund and we’ll be selling other cards too.
“I have friends who are recovering from breast cancer and it’s important more research is done. It’s also important to raise awareness about breast cancer so women examine their breasts regularly.”