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Adina Plastelina

ADINA PLASTELINA is one of Israel’s leading art designers. Tourists from all over the world flock to her studio in old city Yaffo and enjoy her wide selection of jewelry and decorative items, many with Jewish themes. At Canaan Online, you can choose an ADINA PLASTELINA item from the comfort of your home.

Adina has revived an antique glass cutting process known as millefiori (Italian for thousand flowers) and adapted it to the use of polymer clay. She combines the clay with precious metals and with painstaking patience and expertise, she rolls, cuts, bakes and polishes every item. The tough enamel finish ensures durability.

Every one of ADINA PLASTELINA’s products is hand-made. Her hallmark is her blend of vibrant cheerful colors and the timeless grace and beauty of each item. Appropriate for day or night, casual or elegant wear, they will blend with any style. Canaan Online awards her the accolade, “A thing of beauty is a joy forever”.
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Shema Hamsa hand -gray by Adina Plastelina
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Polymer clay Mezuzah by Adina Plastelina
Sale Price:$49.95
Leopard Afro Earrings by Adina Plastelina Turquoise Afro Necklace by Adina Plastelina Feather Necklace by Adina Plastelina Butterfly Earrings - Pearl  - by Adina Plastelina

Millefiori- now and then

In the second half of the fourteenth century a new technique for manufacturing vibrantly colorful glass dishes and jewelry evolved in Mesopotamia. The method was used in ancient Egypt and reached its peak in the Hellenistic period. The new method was made up of three stages;

  • Firstly, a number of colored glass rods are held together and fused in to a multi-colored rod.
  • Secondly, pliers are used to stretch the rod until it becomes a long, thin thread. This causes the original design that was created at the time of fusion of the rods to decrease in size but not change.
  • Lastly, the colorful rod is sliced, with each slice showing a one dimensional picture on its face.

With time, this method spread around the world until it reached the Italian island of Moreno in the fourteenth century. Nowadays, the method is known by the Italian name given to the method, "Millefiori," which means "A Thousand Flowers," and pays tribute to the colorful effect created by the molding of the different colored rods together.

In 2004, Adi Prahia and Sami Leder opened the first Adina Plastelina studio in Kibbutz Rosh Hanikra. It was then that they revitalized the centuries-old Millefiori method by using polymer clay in place of the traditional glass rods. The polymer clay is naturally soft and as a result the melting and reducing process is carried out manually by rolling and tightening the rods which results in more accurate, richer results than glass.

The patterns created by Adi, Sami and their dedicated team make use of natural colors such as Malachite, Coral and Mercury and natural textile textures such as leopard and hounds tooth. In addition, eastern ornamental work also features in their pieces, in tribute to the ancient techniques and the pieces are also inspired by the works of Gustav Klimt.

As well as the Millefiori process, importance is given to the designing the jewelry item in Adina Plastelina. The pieces that feature silver are manufactured using various silversmith techniques and such pieces are shaped in ways that are influenced by elements from the plant and animal kingdom, Israeli culture and the material world.

Adina Plastelina pieces are completed with a coating of clear enamel which provides a glossy, glass-like, rich look.