This past weekend we went to Campout East, a music festival at Glen Maury Park in Buena Vista that featured two of our favorite bands, Cracker and Southern Culture on the Skids. Several food vendors were set up on the site, as was an amazing artist/crafter/jewelry maker who founded a business called Inedible Jewelry with her sister.
Jessica and Susan Partain make and market these itsy, bitsy food items made out of polymer clay. They make them into earrings, cufflinks, charms and more. As you can see from checking out their Etsy site, their masterpieces include hamburgers complete with tiny toppings, little lattice-crusted pies, olives, sushi, honey bears, tacos, doughnuts and TONS of other items.
Well, I couldn’t walk away from this tent without making a purchase, so I settled on this adorable slice-of-cake charm, which I’m using as a necklace pendant on a silver chain. Despite the size of this picture, it is really quite small – about the size of the last digit of my pinkie finger, or smaller.
Check out how incredibly detailed it is, right down to the swirls of frosting, the colored sprinkles and even the TEXTURE of the cake layers themselves! I just have to shake my head when I think of how much work went into it.
Inedible Jewelry is based in Charlottesville, so technically it’s a bit outside of our coverage area. But you can purchase the product online at the Etsy site. The sisters have received a lot of press attention, including an appearance on the Martha Stewart Show, which you can watch here. You’ll also find instructions at that link for making tiny lemon or lime slice charms.
When you watch Jessica make a lemon slice charm on the Martha Stewart Show, you’ll see how much work it requires. Martha seems a little baffled to me, actually. I think this is one of those things you’d be better off letting someone else make for you!
If you checked out the Etsy site, did you see a food item you’d wear?