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Glass Artist Helen Hancock who specialises in using breast milk in her designs. Picture Martin McKeown. 13.01.21

Glass Artist Helen Hancock who specialises in using breast milk in her designs. Picture Martin McKeown. 13.01.21

Glass Artist Helen Hancock who specialises in using breast milk in her designs. Picture Martin McKeown. 13.01.21

Glass Artist Helen Hancock who specialises in using breast milk in her designs. Picture Martin McKeown. 13.01.21

Glass Artist Helen Hancock who specialises in using breast milk in her designs. Picture Martin McKeown. 13.01.21

Glass Artist Helen Hancock who specialises in using breast milk in her designs. Picture Martin McKeown. 13.01.21

Helen with her children.

Helen with her children.

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Glass Artist Helen Hancock who specialises in using breast milk in her designs. Picture Martin McKeown. 13.01.21

A Co Londonderry mum has taken personalised gifts to a whole new level by making glass ornaments from breast milk, umbilical cords, placenta, baby teeth and even baby ashes.

As personalised goods emerged as the most sought-after gifts over Christmas, Helen Hancock worked round the clock to meet demand for glass baubles infused with breast milk.

The single mum-of-two came through two traumatic birth experiences as well as a miscarriage which led her to combine her love of glass-making with giving parents a lasting memento of their babies.


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