MEET THE ARTIST

FRANCESCA LYNN FAUCETTE

A designer at heart, I’ve been creating jewelry since 2000. I’m mostly self-taught, although I’ve taken workshops from some of the nation’s finest artists. I’m not always disciplined in my designs; I hardly ever work from a pattern or direction. I work intuitively, take inspiration, and twist and turn it, bash and burn it until I get what I want. My work is bold, expressive, and filled with texture.

TECHNIQUES: include wire-wrapping, silversmithing, metalsmithing, wire weaving, lost wax carving and casting, metal clays, and polymer clay.

TEACHING: I also teach jewelry design and fabrication. This allows me to connect with kindred spirits, sharing positive energy and learning from every student. Each new technique I learn is a new opportunity to share the excitement. My students are talented, hungry artists who are always excited to evolve to the next level. It feeds my spirit to see them develop as premier, respected artists. I always encourage you to add your own personality and flair to the designs learned, making the design yours alone, and developing your signature style.
 
TEACHING JEWELRY CLASSES 2000 TIL PRESENT
WIRE WRAPPING, METALSMITHING, SILVERSMITHING, WAX CARVING & CASTING, METAL CLAYS AND POLYMER CLAYS
 
ART SHOWS
JURIED ART SHOWS, GALLERIES
 
ONLINE STORES SINCE 2005
MY WEBSITES, ETSY X 2, AND AMAZON, SELL COMMISSIONS ON INTERNATIONAL WEBSITES
 
PRIVATE STUDIO SINCE 2008
 
CLASSES
PRIVATE STUDIO, BEAD SHOPS, GALLERIES, COFFEE SHOPS, NATIONAL BEAD SHOWS and JEWELRY SCHOOLS
 
RESIDENCE:
2001-2005                         CAROLINAS
2005-2020                         NASHVILLE, TN
2020- PRESENT               KNOXVILLE, TN
 
PROCESSES


WIRE WRAPPED JEWELRY is one of the oldest techniques for crafting jewelry. Researchers have found elements of wire-wrapped designs in jewelry, breastplate decorations, shields, etc. in ancient Pharaoh’s tombs and pyramids in Egypt, although there is evidence of wire-wrapped jewelry that dates as far back as 1446 B.C.

The concept of this art is to take wire to form the shape, or foundation, of the jewelry, and the wire itself to wrap around the pieces to hold the structure together. It’s always done with only a few basic hand tools. Never any soldering, machines, or epoxies.

SILVERSMITHING
Using solder methods to create sterling silver jewelry set with gemstones.
 
METALSMITHING
Sawing, shaping, forging, and finishing metal jewelry. No soldering.
 
LOST WAX CARVING & CASTING
Jewelry design is carved in wax and then used to create single or multiple molds for the design. Molten metal is poured into the mold, resulting in a metal replica of the wax carving.
 
FINE SILVER METAL CLAY JEWELRY
You start with a cold, gray lump of clay. There is an organic binder that holds microscopic pieces of fine silver. You mold, stamp, sculpt, and then fire by torch or kiln. The organic binder burns away, leaving the design in fine silver. Metal clay is also available in other metals.
 
POLYMER CLAY
A clay that comes in any color of the rainbow. Can be molded, stamped, sculpted, painted, embedded, and more. The clay is fired at an extremely low temperature in a home oven. Create beads and focal designs for jewelry. Can also be used as embellishments for home accents such as boxes, candle holders, canvases, photo frames, and so much more.
 
BUSINESSES
Inspirations       2001-2005
The Mango Moon, Nashville, TN 2006
Francesca Lynn Artisan Jewelry, 2005-2020
My Secret Heart Studios, 2014-Present
STUDIO NAVARRI, 2018-Present