Adina Plastelina

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Adina Plastelina
Adina Plastelina
Sami Leder & Adi Prahia
Jaffa Old Port
Innovative modern jewelry studio workshop that combine modern polymer clay and the ancient technique of millefiori to produce unique jewelry mounted in silver and gold.

Adina Plastelina, an Israeli jewelry design company, uses a combination of modern materials (polymer clay) and ancient techniques (millefiori technique) to make interesting and exciting modern jewelry designs.


[edit] The Company

Adina Plastelina is run by two people, Sami Leder and Adi Prahia, who have combined their different talents to produce modern jewelry from their studio in an ancient building in the Old Jaffa Port artists’ quarter.

[edit] Sami Leder

Born in Tel Aviv in 1976, Sami’s creativity first expressed itself in writing. After finishing his military service, he moved in 2001 to Kibbutz 'Rosh Ha'Nikrah' on the northern Israeli border to write his opus. At the same time he was inspired by the amazing scenery in the area to make mythic sculptures out of sea shells, corals, tree roots and other found materials. In 2002 he met Adi Prahia by chance, and they began working together to produce their innovative jewelry. In 2004 they opened a studio-gallery called Adina Plastelina in Rosh Ha’Nikrah’. Their jewelry designs proved themselves so popular that by 2005 they were able to move the studio-workshop to Jaffa.

[edit] Adi Prahia

Adi Prahia was born in Holon in 1983 and like most children enjoyed playing with plasticine and modeling clay. She studied Art History at college where she came across the millefiori technique, which traditionally used glass to produce pretty beads and jewelry. Adi and Sami realized that this method could be adapted to make use of modern materials. They began to experiment with polymer clay which is very easy to work with. Polymer clay bakes at low temperatures in a simple toaster oven and doesn’t require the large expensive equipment used to make glass or a kiln to fire the clay in. Additionally polymer clay holds its intense color indefinitely and can be combined with precious metals like gold and silver to produce beautiful jewelry.

[edit] The Technique

The Millefiori technique was originally developed by the ancient Egyptians to produce small glass mosaics. The method originally fused different colored glass rods together in a column which was then stretched and cut into thin slices. This kept the original pattern throughout, rather like a stick of seaside candy, and produced exquisite glass beads and other jewelry. In the Middle Ages this technique was used by Italian glass workers in Venice who gave it the name millefiori (a thousand flowers). Adina Plastelina uses the same technique, with polymer clay instead of glass, as a basis for their jewelry. Once they have the initial design, they mount the thin slices of clay in silver or gold and seal it with enamel, to create beautiful pieces of timeless jewelry like necklaces, earrings and cufflinks, which are suitable for both men and women.

[edit] The Studio

Their main Adina Plastelina studio is in the artistic quarter of the Old Port of Jaffa in a building that originally was used as hamam (Turkish bath) in Turkish times. The studio is open every day for visitors and you can watch the whole creative process needed to produce this unique jewelry. You can also visit their ‘mysterious room’ which is a private museum displaying ancient artifacts, that go back as far as the Greeks and the Romans, which were found on the site during renovations.

Adi and Sami also have a studio in the Sarona neighborhood of Tel Aviv. Adina Plastelina has been featured in a variety of magazines worldwide from Vogue to OK, and also has an online presence.

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