Monday, June 25, 2012

Fair Clay

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.

Posted on Monday, June 25, 2012 in Permalink

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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.


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