Irina Dalah

The Wedding is one Night, The Marriage is a Lifetime Necklace

The Wedding is one Night, The Marriage is a Lifetime
Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Jewelry-Making Contest 2012 featuring Crystal

Meet the Designer-Artist

Where do you live?
Mazkeret Batiya, Israel

Describe your artistic style.

What inspires you as a designer-artist?
Just about everything: nature mostly ;-), architecture, literature, music, other artists.

What materials do you most enjoy working with?
Crystals, gemstones and seed beads, but also chain and wire. My favorite designs are all mixed up.

What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
The Wedding is one Night, The Marriage is a Lifetime

What inspired this design?
My 10th wedding anniversary and the endless love and respect my husband and I have for one another.

How did it come together?
I actually planned out something else entirely, and when I was halfway through the third prototype, I happen to be looking through a square beads book with my youngest daughter (8 and a half now). She insisted we look through every page, and when we get to the very last, I happen to glance at the inner part of the back cover ... there was, little on the bottom of the page, a crocheted collar necklace that sparked my creativity and got that design right out of my tortured brains. ;-)

Share Your Background

When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
My first beading attempts are lost way back in my childhood, when I was trying any craft around ... but although I came back to it every chance I got, I never stayed with it for more than an year or so, until about 5 years back. Building a career in bioinformatics was not all that I dreamed of while still in university, so, as much for a creativity release, as for a cure to not-liking-to-do-what-I'm-told, I got a series of paid beading classes. And that got me hooked forever.

I started learning techniques by myself, from books and the internet, creating new designs, and original pieces, accumulating both knowledge and jewelry until I started wearing them at work as well. Another colleague, who was also into jewelry-making, got me to try selling my stuff, both on the internet and off it. And that was it! Now have my own bead-weaving business.

Who introduced you to beading?
I really don't remember that well, but one of the earliest memories, is studying with the mother of one of my brother's friends: seeing she only got boys, she would teach any girl that came into her house, any craft that girl had patience for.

Do you have an artistic background?
Hard to say. I was crafty since I was 6 years old and learned how to knit by watching my paternal grandmother do it and stealing bits of wool, and knitting needles from her ;-)/ my dad has golden hands with anything mechanical but he's as far from art as any mechanical engineer can get.

Both my mom, and her sister have 2 left hands and no artistic eye worth talking of. But both my sister (who draws) and my brother, have very creative minds, although neither is a professional artist.

How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and BeadsĀ®?
I think that colleague showed it to me on the internet.

What other hobbies do you have?
Crocheting, paper quilling, stained glass, paper mache, salt-dough, loom weaving, glass etching.

Do you belong to any beading societies or beading groups?
Not yet, but that is a great idea ;-)

Beading Success

What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
Beading is my run-to solution for any emotional crisis. There is nothing that gives me as much energy as seeing one of my original designs admired and envied by my friends and family.

If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
I've just started my business last summer, but I have an Etsy shop since late 2008. I sell my original designs both online and off it, in house sales and fairs. I also teach beading and mixed crafts classes to adult women. I do enter contests as often as I can. And I send mailings when appropriate.

Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
Yes, I am a big fan of "beading for a cure":, and I take part each year in their challenge, since 2011.

Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Do what you believe in, be what you like and can respect.