This Woman Makes Amazing Edible Art with Rice Krispies Treats

09/03/2014 at 04:44 PM ET

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Snap, crackle, art!

When a surfer friend asked Jessica Siskin to bring dessert to a dinner party last fall, the non-baking New Yorker got clever and made a giant Rice Krispies treat shaped like a surfboard and decorated with food coloring.

And a business was born.

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The reaction from other dinner guests was so positive that Siskin started making more Krispies creations, eventually quitting her job at Elizabeth and James, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen‘s fashion company, and opening a business, Mister Krisp. Today she makes five or six designs a day, many customized.

Courtesy Mister_Krisp/Instagram

Her Instagram feed displays her edible art work, many based on fashion, food or pop culture, like an Hermès Birkin handbag, a cheese platter, an old-fashioned radio, Sesame Street’s Elmo and even a bow of ice cream. (We got a kick from the clearly Photoshopped image of Ashley Olsen carrying a Mister Krisp handbag.)

Though she’s planning to grow her business and is setting up a website, Siskin enjoys the low –tech approach of communicating with customers through an email address on her Instagram.

Courtesy Mister_Krisp/Instagram

Courtesy Mister_Krisp/Instagram

Got an idea for a design? Siskin can probably make it happen with a little cereal and a lot of creativity!

—Nancy Mattia

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Selena on

The purse looks bad. Elmo is ok. Not a fan of a lot of food dye. Like my rice krispie treats straight up!

rlb237 on

That top photo looks like ground beef. Ew.

DaisyMoon on

The bag doesn’t look like the texture of R. Krispies.
It looks like there’s engorged blood vessels running through it…gross.

Alayna on

Omg! This is super cute!

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