The origins of ballet lie in the court spectacles of the Renaissance in France and Italy, and evidence of costumes specifically for ballet can be dated to the early fifteenth century…
Please join me as I share my romantic vision of dance as we design, sculpt and embellish our beautiful ballet themed pendants, necklace and sweet miniature pointe shoes!! It’s all about beautiful details as we layer techniques and mediums, and embellish our unique one of a kind miniature ballerina’s behind glass. We will be soldering with an iron and securely adding beautiful vintage rhinestone embellishments and ornate connectors to our pendants.
We will create tiny ballet slippers which will dangle sweetly from our pendants. I am thrilled to share my layering techniques while giving our pointe shoes a time-worn aesthetic!
Pendant & Necklace
- Creating dimensional ballerina images behind glass using multiple medium techniques.
- Basic Soldering with an iron
- Securely soldering vintage embellishments using a gentle heat connection.
- Create beautiful bails and connectors.
- Simple chain to beaded necklaces while wire wrapping, or rosary style design.
Ballet Pointe Shoes
- Sculpt tiny ballet slippers ~ super easy!
- Embellish with material, ribbon, color and antiquing methods and tiny rhinestones
Each of our works will be one of a kind and I cannot wait to share this beautiful project with you!! Let’s inspire each other while we travel this romantic journey together.
Securely soldering vintage embellishments using a gentle heat connection.
Debby Anderson is a self-taught metal smith, jewelry designer and mixed media artist.
Eight years ago she started her company, “Romancing the Bling” with a focus on unique one-of-a-kind jewelry design. Her work is influenced by various time periods in history ranging from the Renaissance era through the Art Deco period. She has an affinity for incorporating religious icons, whimsical French collage, inspirational quotes and sparkling gems into her work.
Inspired by found objects and vintage jewelry components, her inspiration is found in the discovery of objects found at flea markets, antique shops and rummage sales. These “found” vintage pieces are then re-purposed and given a whole new life, by deconstructing and combining the pieces as well as altering the original finishes to form unique configurations.
All of Debby’s original creations are developed organically without sketches or the use of computer aided design programs, each piece taking on its own identity as she works through each and every step of the design. Her elegant, sophisticated designs are not complete until the back of her work is as pretty as the front! Debby’s product line, Vintage Romance have also been sold in Michaels stores.
Debby’s Artful Gathering Retreat workshops include Romancing the Past, Gilded Relics: The Series, A Romantic Journey on Canvas, Full of Grace, and Giselle en Pointe. Available now on DVD.