Francesca Watson

Francesca Watson got bit by the jewelry-making bug in 2008, when she and a few girlfriends took a simple stringing class at a local bead shop. Now, she is co-owner of The Makery, a working and teaching studio and gallery in the Texas Hill Country outside San Antonio where Francesca creates and teaches metals, wire and enameling full time, and indulges an emerging interest in mixed media. She and her husband Nick have been married since 1989 and have one grown daughter.

Dressing your hammers!

Some time back, I promised to show you how to dress your hammers…. and then I never got around to it. Today, I’m trying something a little different by showing you the process in a video instead of trying to…
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Sharpening the saw…

Nope, not my jeweler's saw, although it's been getting a workout.   Sawing, sawing, sawing and more sawing. One of my goals for this year was to take a drawing class. I've always believed I'm talentless in the drawing arena,…
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BeadFest 2015!

It's that time of year again when the AJE team swings into final preparations for BeadFest in Philadelphia... except that this year, it appears we've changed things up a little. I'm the only one teaching (for the first time) and…
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Product Review: Eurotool Handy Flame Torch

A year and a half ago, I wrote a post here on the Art Jewelry Elements blog about the Sterno Culinary Torch and why I liked it for jewelry making. Since then, I'm sorry to say I've fallen a little…
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