COSTA MESA — The O.C. Fair is a chaotic mass of blaring music, thrilling rides, larger-than-life stuffed animals and deep-fried ecstasy.
But after passing the foot-long corn dogs and dodging the chocolate-covered bacon, there is an area where the intensity eases to the speed of window shopping.
That is were Eduardo Oliva, 68, can be found.
It isn't Eduardo who catches the eye of fairgoers; he is a slight man with a weathered face. The soft-spoken Eduardo has an intensity for his craft that could make customers wanting his attention think they are being intentionally ignored.
Rather, customers are drawn to the products of his skills — the delicate-looking gold- and silver-wire necklaces, bracelets, rings and pins that intricately spell out a name — that are displayed within the glass cases at his booth in the crafter's village.
The booth, Creative Wire Crafts, also sells generic silver rings and charm bracelets, customizable ID tags and trendy feather hair clips, but if you ask Eduardo about them, he just waves a dismissive hand.