The fact that they're wearing dessert is just icing on the cake for fans of Sweet Stella Designs' jewelry.

The fact that they're wearing dessert is just icing on the cake for fans of Sweet Stella Designs' jewelry.

"I mean, there's an element of humor to it," said artist Amy Neiwirth of the miniscule confection accessories she's been perfecting since 2006. "But I think what's fun for people is the change in scale. If you make anything small, it becomes cute."

Cute is exactly what Neiwirth aims for in her line, which looks like a bake sale smorgasbord straight out of a scene from "The Littles."

Among them are playful rings topped with colorful cakes, Cheez-It-studded earrings, heart candy bobby pins and sugar wafer necklaces. The tiny treats are all smaller than an inch, meticulously sculpted out of polymer clay.

Neiwirth has customized items such as Heinz ketchup bottle earrings that a company employee used for Christmas gifts and Philadelphia Cream Cheese pendants for a woman competing in a bakeoff presented by the corporation.

Ticket stubs, maps and other paper pieces coated in a clear resin can also be found in Sweet Stella jewelry. Neiwirth said necklaces featuring maps of Columbus are popular.

The jewelry pieces range from $15 to $50 and can be purchased online or at several local shops.

"It's just fun," Neiwirth said. "I have so much fun with it and I think my customers do, too."

"Bitter/Sweet"

Amy Neiwirth's artwork is like the meat and potatoes to her jewelry desserts.

"While the jewelry is fun and cute, I think about food on a more conceptual level when I do my fine artwork," said Neiwirth, who teaches visual arts at a local private school.

A collection of her work, which touches on the parallels between sugary foods and addiction, is on view at the Ohio Art League until the end of the month, paired with the multimedia works of fellow artist Linda Diec.