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Enter our shop: inediblejewelry.etsy.com
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We are Jessica & Susan Partain (yes, sisters!), and we have been creating deliciously realistic miniature foods for about 20 years. We have translated our love of all things food and miniature into fun jewelry. Everyone has a favorite food!

We were recently on the The Martha Stewart Show, teaching her how we create our lemon and lime slices!
http://www.marthastewart.com/902195/lemon-and-lime-slice-charms

Curious to see how we make our pies? We did a How Tuesday post here on etsy!:
http://www.etsy.com/blog/en/2011/how-tuesday-tiny-pumpkin-pie

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  • Born on April 23
  • Joined December 7, 2006

Favorite materials

polymer clay, premo, glass, beads, wire

About

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Enter our shop: inediblejewelry.etsy.com
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We are Jessica & Susan Partain (yes, sisters!), and we have been creating deliciously realistic miniature foods for about 20 years. We have translated our love of all things food and miniature into fun jewelry. Everyone has a favorite food!

We were recently on the The Martha Stewart Show, teaching her how we create our lemon and lime slices!
http://www.marthastewart.com/902195/lemon-and-lime-slice-charms

Curious to see how we make our pies? We did a How Tuesday post here on etsy!:
http://www.etsy.com/blog/en/2011/how-tuesday-tiny-pumpkin-pie

Facebook | http://www.facebook.com/inediblejewellry
email | inediblejewelry (@) gmail (dot) com
Our blog | http://inediblog.blogspot.com

For a comprehensive overview of our shop policies, please see the Shop Policies link just below our avatar.

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* How do you make these tiny foods?

We sculpt each of them individually by hand from polymer clay, a colorful versatile medium. We do not use any molds for our work, relying instead on our own hands, with the help of some fine tools for detail work. We've each been sculpting miniature foods for over 20 years each, so we've developed a few tricks along the way.

* Where do you buy your little food beads? *

We don't! We make each and every one of them ourselves, in our respective studios. See above. :)

* How long does it take to make each one? *

That really depends on the food we're making, how much coffee we've had that day, and whether or not the '80s internet radio station is cooperating. The more expensive charms, such as the fruit tart, are considerably more labor-intensive than the regular charms.

We sculpt each charm one at a time, by hand. Most of the color on our pieces comes directly from the clay itself, not paint. For example, each of the tiny sprinkles on our birthday cupcakes are eensy pieces of clay, individually added to the frosting. Much like oil paints, we mix our clay colors one at a time to get just the right tone for each food. Each piece is built up layer by colorful layer, and given just the right texture.

When we finish sculpting each piece, we bake it to permanently harden it.

* Who makes what? *

We are truly collaborative, in the sense that in any given piece the foods might have been sculpted by Jessica, the beading or wire wrapping done by Susan, and the shipping done by either of us.

We do, however, each have our culinary specialties: Susan does many of the really unusual foods such as the sardines, lobsters, beers, as well as several of the fruits and veggies. Jessica does the cupcakes, cakes, and much of the junk food (burgers, fries, hot dogs). If you'd like to know exactly who sculpted your piece, we'll be happy to let you know!

We both do the assembly of pieces, and it's difficult to tell our work apart.

* Do you ever make (insert food here)?

Probably! Check our sold items for examples of custom foods we've made. And if haven't made it yet, we probably could. Just contact us, and we'll be happy to create your incredibly obscure favorite food for you! We love a good challenge.

* Can you make a copy of this copyrighted package?

We can certainly make items that are similar in spirit, such as a glass bottle of cola instead of a can of Coke. However, we can't make replicas of copyrighted or trademarked foods since that would be a violation of trademark and copyright laws, not to mention generally bad karma. :)

* Do you ever make dollhouse foods or 1:12 miniatures?

That's how we began! We are certainly happy to create goodies for your dolls upon request.

* How do I care for my new inedible jewelry? *

We recommend that you treat your new goodies with the same care as all fine jewelry. A gentle wipe with very mild soap and a damp cloth will keep your jewelry clean. We do not recommend that you swim or shower with your jewelry since this will accelerate tarnishing on the sterling silver. If the silver does begin to tarnish, a gentle swipe with a polishing cloth will do the trick (do not immerse them in jewelry-cleaning solution.)

Please do make sure that you check your pockets so that you don't accidentally toss your tiny foods in the washer and dryer. High heat does not do wonders for the clay.

Most importantly, though, you should enjoy wearing your new goodies!

We look forward to creating your favorite food!

Thanks for stopping in!
Jessica & Susan

Other accounts:
Jess has a buyer's account under the name jesspartain

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