Dee Forlano

Sushi Bar
Meet the Designer-Artist

Where do you live?
Norwalk, Connecticut

Describe your artistic style.

What inspires you as a designer-artist?
Things around me and FOOD. I love creating miniature food.

What materials do you most enjoy working with?
Polymer clay and crystals.

What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
Sushi Bar

What inspired this design?
This piece was inspired by my addiction to sushi and its general popularity. It was my first truly themed piece and inspired all the other themes that followed.

How did it come together?
I had the picture in my mind when I started making the sushi beads.

Share Your Background

When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
I was looking for unique beads for my themed creations and couldn't find what I was looking for on the market, so I discovered polymer clay and began making my own.

Who introduced you to beading?
Myself! I have done crafts all of my life with my mother and grandmother, I started adding beads to my knit and crochet pieces and it went from there.

How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and BeadsĀ®?
Google search many many years ago.

What other hobbies do you have?
Knitting and Crocheting. All of my charity crafting.

Do you belong to any beading societies or beading groups?
I used to, but I don't any longer.

Beading Success

What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
Jewelry-making is my escape and my main means of financial support.

If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
I sell though Ebay, Etsy, Facebook and my website. I also attend a few select shows per year.

Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
My main charity focus is crochet. I'm involved in a group that supplies preemie, newborn and fetal demise items to hospitals across the country. We also supply afghans and yarn hats and scarves to the elders at Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. I include handmade matching rosaries with most of my fetal demise items. One set to go with the babe and the other for the parents to keep.

Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Keep at it. The longer you're at it, the more you improve and your creativity expands.