Instructor Spotlight:

Debora Mauser

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Happy Tuesday to all of you jewelry artists out there! We are experiencing a rather chilly January here at the Bead Fest Headquarters, but the thought of Bead Fest Santa Fe’s arrival in March is keeping us feeling warm and completely excited.

We are looking forward to every aspect of the event—the stunning Southwestern views, catching up with all of our creative friends, stocking up on lots of Expo goodies—but the Workshops truly are a must at Bead Fest Santa Fe.

Q&A with Debora Mauser:

The best of the best instructors are joining us this March 23-26 at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center, including Debora Mauser. We could write a novel about how incredibly beautiful Debora’s pieces are. To sum it up, her work showcases unique textured metals, organic shapes, lovely wire work and Debora’s expert touch. Ready to learn more about Debora and preview her Bead Fest Santa Fe Workshops? So are we! Keep scrolling to discover her exclusive Q&A.

Designs by Debora

Do you have any pre-Bead Fest rituals that you always practice before a Workshop?

“I reread all instructions and make changes if I have found easier/better ways. I gab with my teacher friends and try to find at least one time for many of us to get together, even if just for breakfast. Teaching is hard work and taking a break with friends allows me to re-energize.”

Have you ever had an epic fail while creating a piece of jewelry? It’s okay. No one is perfect!

“Oh yea!! Learning to solder bezels was a real challenge for me, and sometimes the bezel gods still aren’t kind, but practice has mad the process less scary and more predictable.”

In addition to creating jewelry art, do you practice any other art forms?

“I crochet, I bake and now I am learning to work with leather, making purses, and jewelry.”

Debora at Bead Fest Spring 2016

How do you come up with inspiration for your designs?

“There is no set thing that inspires me, movement, texture, color. When my muse is not happy I go into the studio and just start cleaning up, maybe making ear wires, anything to get me going. Often I find a stones, some metal, and before I know it I have started something new.”

What is your favorite part of teaching jewelry enthusiasts at Bead Fest?

“Sharing, and the ‘ahh haa’ moment, when a student learns a new technique and I know I have helped them in their journey.”

Do you have any essential tips for beginner jewelry artists?

“Practice and be kind to yourself, it’s a learning process!”

Who (or what) is your spirit animal?

“The wolf, strong, independent, wild!”

Here are our picks for the Workshops you simply can’t miss!

In just a little over 2 months, you will be able meet Debora in person at Bead Fest Santa Fe and experience her superb Workshops!

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Bypass Bangle and Earrings

Show off your selection of beautiful small stones with an elegant bangle and matching earring set. If you want to forge a new path in your jewelry art, you need to learn Debora’s fun and simple method for creating hot rivets.

  • Intermediate Skill Levels
  • $135
  • Hot rivets, setting stones with rivets, measuring

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Trapeze Earrings

Give your earring wardrobe a sleek and stylish upgrade with these sterling silver beauties. Come prepared to get creative! You will make one pair with stones and one pair without any adornment. Form earrings you will hold near and dear forever in this two-for-one Workshop!

  • All Skill Levels
  • $125
  • Designing, hot rivets, creating hinges, hot riveting stones

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Captured Cabochon and Chain

Rustic metals and a standout stone join forces to create your own one-of-a-kind pendant and chain. You will learn to hold a stone in place using cold connections, and the sky is the limit for your design, so be prepared to use your imagination!

  • Intermediate Skill Levels
  • $110
  • Riveting, stone setting, simple chain maille

Have you registered for One of Debora’s Workshops Yet?

Debora’s encouraging quotes and gorgeous selection of Workshops make the anticipation of Bead Fest Santa Fe soar to new heights. But don’t worry, it will be here before you know it! Head over to our registration page NOW before someone else takes your seat! Each Workshop is limited, and seats will sell out. Reserve your seat today, and start daydreaming of all you will learn and the jewelry you will create at the one and only Bead Fest Santa Fe.

Join us next Tuesday for another round of inspiration!

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