Hello designers, and welcome to this month's spotlight!

Halcraft Collection is excited to announce our Spotlight Designer Larisma Purba Mandaro as our new Pretty Palette Designer! 

When did you first start beading? 

My beading started when I joined the Halcraft team in 1997. I started off doing beading for the trade shows and promotions. I found a real love of jewelry making when Barbara, one of the owners, asked me to fix her pearl necklaces when they broke. Since then, I have found a passion for making jewelry. I enjoy working with so many different types of beads every day; it keeps my creativity flowing. Halcraft’s beads are stunning, and it makes me always want to create so much beautiful jewelry.

Do you have a  jewelry business?

I am part of Halcraft's jewelry business, and I work full time with their beads and other jewelry-making supplies. One of my dreams is to start my own jewelry line. Halcraft has allowed me to express my creative ideas that have translated into many jewelry designs over the years.

What is your favorite project that you've recently finished and why is it your favorite?

Recently, I started the Men’s DIY Jewelry for Halcraft’s Inspiration page. I make bracelets and sometimes necklaces. I like to use lots of tiger eye stone beads and charms. The tiger eye stone has healing and protective properties, plus it very popular in men's jewelry. I also like lava and wood beads.

What are your favorite beading techniques and materials?

I love to make drop designs. I use headpins and make basic loops to attach the beads. My favorite technique is knotting. I think it looks charming when you use silk cord thread with pearls.

What are some of your favorite beads or components on the Halcraft Collection website

I love most of the beads on the Halcraft Collection website, but my favorite is pearls, stones, and faceted Czech glass. The colors, shapes, and textures of the beads are so easy to combine to make pieces of jewelry.   

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Where do you get your beading inspiration? What most inspires you?

My inspiration comes from everyday life. I can see colors of fruit in supermarkets, and it can become an inspiration for a color palette. I live in New York City, where everyday people express themselves all the time. For instance, you may see a woman in her 80s having lunch with friends with an oversize pearl necklace, then walk down the block and notice the sanitation worker or FedEx and UPS truck drivers wearing a stone bracelet. The inspiration around is endless.

If you had room for only two tools in your bead kit, what would they be?

Memory wire and pliers will be excellent. I would make a simple and lovely bracelet.

What trends are you excited to incorporate into your beading and ?

I think one of the most significant places for jewelry makers to connect right now is Instagram and Facebook. I haven’t posted many on my personal page. However, all of my designs are on Halcraft’s page. I recommend finding and joining our Facebook group for beaders and creators. Share your work, and be sure to like and comment on other artists’ work, too. Let them know if they inspire you. Pinterest is also great. I’ve tried Tailwind tribes to help me with Pinterest. Also, don’t forget the old-fashioned way! One of my fellow artists shared with me lots of her social media following. I’ve found real-life connections are still a great way to grow.

Fun Facts about Larisma!

Larisma lives in Brooklyn, New York with her wonderful husband, Gerard. They have one son, Mark, who is attending the University of Baruch, Business & Financial, and one daughter Alexa, who she loves dearly.

She was born and raised in Indonesia, a tropical country with large and small islands and breathtaking natural landscapes. Larisma arrived in the United States when she was 24 years old and has worked for Halcraft ever since. 

She and her husband love to cook and eat, so they keep busy cooking all the time. 

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