I want a Bit of Sugar!

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Have you seen the blinged-out iKandy cupcake pendant that I always wear? I would wear it even if it wasn’t in fashion, but deco sweets have been a big trend for a while now, both here and in Japan.

Now, I’ve always kind of known that my twitter friend Brad Tada dabbled in making jewelry, but I thought it was a little strange for him. If you know him, he just doesn’t seem like the jewelry making … type. So I was even more surprised when he, um, busted out of the closet with his company, Bit of Sugar, and posted all his jewelry and Christmas decorations on Facebook.

Turns out, his girlfriend Lei Matsuura (below) is also part of this venture, so I’m a little less shocked.

Also, Chef Isaac Bancaco of the Grand Wailea put my mind at ease, explaining that a lot of fishermen make fishing lures using the same materials, in the same way you would make jewelry. Bit of Sugar charms are handmade using various types of clays, resins, plastics, crystals, etc.

“Our best-selling shave ice necklace uses a mix of local, Asian, and European materials, and it takes two days to make one completed piece,” Tada explained. “Despite the time, labor, and materials it takes to make just one item, we strive to keep our prices affordable.”

Bridal customers can also create custom-ordered miniature versions of their wedding cake.  Cakes can be used as party favors, place card holders, picture/note holders, hanging ornaments, and more. Cakes range from $8 to $20 per piece depending on the complexity of the design, materials used, and quantity ordered.

Here are some of their pieces:

A Bit of Sugar

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Assorted Cupcake Pendants with Chain - $14 each —Photo by Brad Tada

You can order off their website or find them at upcoming Craft Fairs:
December 11:  Moanalua High School Winter Craft Fair. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
December 17-19: Seventh Annual Honolulu Gift Fair at Neal Blaisdell Exhibition Hall
Friday, 5 – 9 p.m.;  Saturday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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