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Lei Chic You've always had a soft spot when it comes to clay.

Like when you were five and made masterpieces out of Play-Doh.

Or during the second season of American Idol - admit it, you were a total Claymate.

Now that Celebrity Apprentice is over (and yes, he was robbed again), we've got another clay-related obsession for you...

... in the form of HonHI Handmade's polymer clay jewelry.

See, Kapahulu designer Melyssa Davan-Takenouchi is a lifelong fan of the stuff. She first got hold of polymer clay making animals in elementary school. Then at St. Andrew's Priory, her high school ceramics teacher taught her how to make beads with it. That's when her interest in jewelry began to take shape.

Lei Chic Make no mistake, Davan-Takenouchi's designs are anything but child's play. Her faceted geometric stud earrings are inspired by a Marc by Marc Jacobs pair she spotted online and recreated in an array of fun candy colors like hot pink, bright orange and turquoise. She quickly expanded to two-toned studs, accented with gold acrylic for an edgier look, and necklaces with multi-colored "rocks" attached to silver bars and chains.

Then there are her star-shaped stud earrings and hairpins with contrasting plastic cabochon bows; styles so sweet, you'll turn to putty when you see them.

And unlike Marc Jacobs' version, nothing costs more than $20, so you can afford to add new dimension to your jewelry box.

Now that's claying for keeps.

$6-$15, HonHI Handmade polymer clay studs, hair pins, rings, available on Etsy. HonHI Handmade will also be at Find Art Festival's Art & Flea this Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in the park on Smith and Beretania streets. Free admission.

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