What inspired this design? Both designs were inspired by the mix of textures and colors in the Delica® seed beads used to create them.
How did it come together? I sketched and planned both pieces out before I started stitching them.
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading? I was introduced to beading when I decided to make a rosary for my daughter's First Communion. I went to a local shop in Illinois and asked lots of questions and got great suggestions and advice. Before I knew it I was making upwards of 100 rosaries a year to give away. The more I handled all of the beads, the more addicted to them I became.
Who introduced you to beading? Robin Weber of Magpie's in Northern Illinois was a great mentor.
Do you have an artistic background? I've always been ''crafty,'' but I didn't know I could think outside the box or pattern until it just happened one day while I wasn't paying attention to what I was doing.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®? I found Fire Mountain Gems and Beads almost by accident. I was looking for rosary parts and my friends at Magpie's suggested I try Fire Mountain.
What other hobbies do you have? I'm a passionate reader. There are only three things I never feel guilty about spending money on; food, books and beads.
Do you belong to any beading societies or beading groups? I don't belong to any beading societies or beading groups at present. I am however, a regular at the Creative Fringe in Grand Haven, Michigan.
What role does jewelry-making play in your life? I work with beads every single day. If I'm not creating something new, I'm cleaning up my work tray from the last project. I spend upwards of 5 or 6 hours a day working in my studio. The process keeps me energized and enthusiastic.
If you use jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry? My website is www.deborahpulosdesigns.com. I attend juried art fairs and I enter contests occasionally.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists? Any aspiring jewelry-artist should practice, practice, practice until using a stitch becomes second nature. When you stop thinking about how you're putting a design together, your mind becomes free to experiment with color and texture. I'd also advise aspiring jewelry artst to relish their mistakes. If you don't like a design, take it apart and start over. Threading materials are cheap, and reusing beads is the ultimate recycling.