Danielle Blumenberg's Profile

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Please check out the great article on my work at
http://athenamagazine.wordpress.com/2009/08/31/say-hi-to-dbdesigns/

THANK YOU MARJORIE from Reclaimed to Fame, 1km!!!!!!!!

My design philosophy is to combine unique elements that result in a distinctive one-of-a-kind style. My favorite materials are gemstones, unique funky findings, vintage & antique solid sterling flatware & coins, handmade Venetian & Murano glass. All pieces arrive in an organza gift pouch.

My name is Danielle, and I am the owner and designer of db Designs in sunny, Fleming Island, Florida. I am mom to 3 teenagers - UGH! (ages, 17, 16, & 15), and a Navy wife (for 20 years). Due to military life, I have had the privilege to live all over the world. The best part has been meeting incredible…

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  • Female
  • Born on April 28
  • Joined October 29, 2008

Favorite materials

Vintage and antique silver American coins, vintage sterling flatware, Venetian glass, Murano glass, sterling silver, gemstones, Gold fill

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About

Please check out the great article on my work at
http://athenamagazine.wordpress.com/2009/08/31/say-hi-to-dbdesigns/

THANK YOU MARJORIE from Reclaimed to Fame, 1km!!!!!!!!

My design philosophy is to combine unique elements that result in a distinctive one-of-a-kind style. My favorite materials are gemstones, unique funky findings, vintage & antique solid sterling flatware & coins, handmade Venetian & Murano glass. All pieces arrive in an organza gift pouch.

My name is Danielle, and I am the owner and designer of db Designs in sunny, Fleming Island, Florida. I am mom to 3 teenagers - UGH! (ages, 17, 16, & 15), and a Navy wife (for 20 years). Due to military life, I have had the privilege to live all over the world. The best part has been meeting incredible people, and getting to experience the cultures of different places every 2 to 3 years; the not-so-great part was never being able to have a career of my own... Until recently :-)

I started my jewelry design business over 6 years ago, while living on the tiny island of Guam. Wow, how it has changed over the years! What began as just a little bit of beading, quickly grew into wirework, and then metal-smithing. For the most part, I am self taught. I have been able to take some great workshops with incredibly talented artisans, but not nearly as many as I want!

Much of what inspires me and fires my imagination is trying to use old common place items in new ways. I love working with many mediums, but mostly metal. Specifically, "upcycling" or "repurposing" antique and vintage solid silver flatware and coins into unique wearable art! As I anneal, saw, forge and bend the vintage components into fabulous pieces of jewelry, I wonder about the possible history of the components. For example, while I was working on the WWII era Mercury dime necklace, I couldn’t help but muse about whether any of the coins were in the pocket of an American G.I. as he defended our country.

I have an environmentally friendly, but VERY messy, studio in my home, and recycle and reuse everything I can. I use natural chemicals, such as eggs for patina, and citric pickle, to try to reduce my environmental footprint. I also make every effort to purchase from fair trade vendors, as opposed to free trade vendors for my findings and beads. When founding db Designs, I wanted to strongly support the community and those who strive to make a difference. In an effort to do that, I contribute merchandise and a portion of all sale proceeds to a variety of charities. As db Designs continues to grow, so will my efforts to make a difference. To date, db Designs has donated over $15,000!!! For a list of some of the charities that have benefited, you can contact me via email at Danielle [!at] dbDesignsJewelry.com or visit http://dbdesignsjewelry.com/pages/GivingBack.htm

Thank you for looking! ENJOY!

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