Small-batch clay jewelry company Golden Hour Design Co. born out of a pandemic-inspired hobby | Style

When Mikayla Mains started creating polymer clay earrings during downtime amid the COVID-19 pandemic, she had no idea she was in fact shaping and shaping her future business: Golden Hour Design Co.

“I had found polymer clay earrings in a market, not knowing what they were made of,” Mains says, “and once I finally found out what they were, I got them. bought several other pairs. I needed a creative outlet, so I chose this hobby on my own.

After posting photos of his pieces on social media, Mains started receiving friend requests.

“I was like, ‘Sure, I’ll send them to you guys,’” Mains recalls. “People were like, ‘I’m going to pay you,’ and I was like, ‘No, no. I’ll just send it to you. Then it got out of hand after a while, so my husband said to me, “You should probably start a business. You cannot continue to give them away for free. This is how it started.

Mains currently has 27 pairs of polymer clay earrings available for purchase on their website and releases new pieces about every two weeks.






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Photo by Mikayla Mains Courtesy of Golden Hour Design Co.


“I like them to be eclectic,” Mains says. “I gravitate towards a bohemian style, but I try to adapt my pieces to a wide variety of people – so anything that catches the eye and just works with colors and textures. I would say eclectic is my biggest inspiration. I’m trying to do something really cool and modern.

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