Style Snapshot: Sweets Décor Style Snapshot: Sweets Décor Style Snapshot: Sweets Décor
by Jamie Smedley, Content Development Group, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

A sweet new trend known as sweets décor, originating in the streets of Japan, is emerging into the jewelry designs of sweet tooth enthusiasts around the world. Brimming with adorable, juicy and delicious-looking miniatures inspired by a mouthwatering parade of sweets, confections and novelty foods, the sweets décor style can be translated with Kato Polyclay™, Vitrium® resin clay (Design Idea AA6T shown above), sugary sweet-colored beads or pourable liquid resins and molds. Items created include cookies, candies, cakes, sushi, tea party items and any other delectable items that can be envisioned. Inspirations can be sparked by ice cream, novelty frosting and whipped creams, the packaging of classical sweets such as Wonka® and Hershey®, colorful sugared fruits, bakery display cases and gourmet desserts.

Have fun watching movies such as Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971 and 2005), Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone, Chocolat and Because I Said So for inspiring edible delights. One of the top designers in this style is Q-Pot, from Japan, with chocolate candy bar necklaces, lollipop pendants and other sweet ideas.

When making a sweets décor jewelry design, incorporate candy-colored glass, sparkling crystals, whipped cream white accents and red cherry-on-top beads. Layer and sandwich pastel and chocolate-colored clays into tiny cake and goodie charms and cabochons that are topped with whipped cream bead caps. Let your sweet tooth be your guide in applying this calorie-free style into hair accessories, necklaces, rings, brooches and earrings, and to sweeten-up bags, embellish clothing and decorate shoes.

Key inspirations to create your sugar-filled creations:
  • Glazed donuts and cookies
  • Layered cakes and cupcakes
  • Ice cream cones
  • Jelly beans and lollipops
  • Frosting and whipped cream
  • Tarts and pies
  • Strawberry shortcake
  • Chocolate and more!
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