Posted by: cassymuronaka | April 12, 2009

Sushi jewelry


I used to do a December jewelry boutique with my mother-in-law at the home of a very talented friend of hers, a retired home economics teacher who made spectacular necklaces using a variety of semi-precious stones and unusual pendants.

The boutique was a friends and family potluck of primarily Japanese women who came to socialize and eat as much as shop.

In addition to jewelry, invited artists sold handmade cards, children’s stocking stuffers, clothing, and ceramics. I offered jewelry and homemade candy — English toffee, butterscotch and honeycomb — the latter of which used to fly out the door, partly because I packaged it in whatever adorable baskets or bowls were available that year at the local 99¢ store, and partly because no one makes homemade candy anymore. By the way, making candy is easier, cheaper, takes up less space in the kitchen, and makes less of a mess than Christmas cookies. All you need is a candy thermometer and you are good to go. I’m not kidding; try it this year.

Anyway, the jewelry that did consistently well, no matter what else was moving that year, was anything sushi-themed. The Japanese ladies were enchanted with the idea of sushi note holders, refrigerator magnets, and keychains, in addition to necklaces, earrings and bracelets.

And the sushi beads that I construct from polymer clay are exactly the same sushi rolls that I often make for the Christmas evening meal with my husband’s family: tekka (tuna), kappa (cucumber) and hosomaki (pickled daikon). They last a lot longer, too.




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