The ancient stone walls of the buildings and alleys in Old Jaffa resonate with centuries of travelers and conquerors that came, saw, conquered and were vanquished here.  Slowly but surely they have been restored, and now house studios and galleries for many artists pursuing old and new crafts.  Among those, the unsuspecting and delighted visitors who meander through the old city of Jaffa can find the world of color, shape and texture of the creations by Adina Plastelina - creations using old techniques and new materials to create a whole new and enticing world of jewelry and gifts.

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The Millefiori technique for fashioning brightly colored glass jewelry and dishes was developed in Mesopotamia in the 14th century BC.  It was also used in Ancient Egypt, and this "Glass Mosaic" was highly prevalent in Greece and Rome.  Indeed, beads found in Roman ruins still shine with bright colors.  The technique for working glass in this manner is best known for its "new" (Middle Ages) home in Murano, Italy – which until today is still the home of the famous Murano Glass.  To make Millefiori, Glass rods in many colors are fused together to make one rod, then reheated and pulled to make a very thin cane while maintaining the pattern of the original rods.  The cane is then cooled and cut into slices.  Each slice looks like a flower – hence the modern term "Millefiori" which in Italian means – a thousand flowers – all of which have the same pattern.  These slices are set into molds and reheated to fuse together as the desired finished product creations (see Millefiori Necklace, Millefiori Earrings). 

Polymer art is a new craft which emerged during the second half of the twentieth century, using many art techniques previously associated with other materials.  Adi Prahia and Sami Leder of Israel are among those polymer clay artists who have adopted and adapted the millefiori technique to polymer clay while utilizing the unique properties of the clay.  With a background in arts and crafts (Adi) and sculpting (Sami), they joined forces and towards the end of 2004 opened the Adina Plastelina studio and gallery near the Old Jaffa port, where alongside their staff they make and sell their colorful.

The polymer clay can be formed into a multitude of shapes without heating, and is available in a plethora of colors, enabling Adina Plastelina to reach an even greater variety and precision in Millefiori than is possible with glass.  Natural colors and textures, textile patterns, and modern art designs can all be recreated with the endless possibilities opened by the polymer clay.

Depictions of birds, butterflies, flowers, leaves and trees, in addition to the Magen David (Jewish star) and crosses, are among the shapes created in variegated patterns of millefiori, and lovingly framed in precious metal shapes to create the magnificent jewelry of Adina Plastelina.  Rhodium plated silver, gold plated silver, and 18K gold all form a fitting background to the artistry and ingenuity of Adi and Sami.  All pendants and earrings are varnished with clear enamel, to give them a rich, glossy finish.

The Adina Plastelina jewelry is as much a pleasure to give as to receive.  And if jewelry is not what you want to get, Adina Plastelina offers a range of stunning jewelry gift items sure to please the most discerning, such as salt shakers, candle holders, and many others.

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